Monday, February 17, 2014

Transfer week (17/2 email)

It's that time again! Transfers! Sister Tolman and I were so anxious to find out what was happening! We really wanted to stay together, because things are going so well! And we were thrilled to find out that we are staying together for another transfer here in Congleton! It's gonna be the best!

We got to teach Wendy 3 times this week! It's a miracle! Normally she is so busy and we have only been seeing her once a fortnight! But she's had some time off and it's been brilliant! She is finally progressing! We can see now why that is... the key is visiting her often... when its only every now and then, she forgets what she's been taught and doesn't keep commitments, but this week, she's been reading and praying, and even considering baptism! It is so good!

Our investigator Besy, is very had to catch at a good time because she has a newborn baby, but we managed to have a quick lesson with her this week while her baby was having a nap :) She is so good! She accepted a Book of Mormon and said she will read and pray. She really wants to know if it's true!

Zane has dropped off the face of the earth. He is going through a rough time and we haven't had contact with him in a few weeks... it's so sad... I hope that he will have a desire to get in contact with us soon.

Friday night we taught Sasha again. I love that girl! We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith, Repentance, Baptism...) She understands everything and said she would be baptised when she knows it is true! She came to church on Sunday with her dad, and I am so excited for her!

We haven't seen Emily this week cos she's been busy, but we have an appointment with her tonight!

Saturday we went out to Holmes Chapel again to see Edward. We have been a few times now and haven't been able to see him, but I will not give up because he is so good!! We got there just in time, he was pulling out of his driveway! We asked him if he'd had the chance to read the Book of Mormon, and he said he and his wife had been reading from it! He said we can come back another time to chat about it, so hopefully we can come at a good time!!

This week in my personal study I was reading from Alma chapter 37. A verse that really stood out to me was verse 46. "...Do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way.." The more I teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more I realise how easy the way is. Faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost and enduring to the end. That's it. No terms and conditions, no surprises, no extra costs. If we follow this recipe we WILL make it back to God. Referring back to the scripture, I think that many of us can get so caught up in everyday things that we become spiritually slothful. We can be really busy doing all kinds of great things, but forget to read our scriptures or say our prayers. All of a sudden life can become complicated, and that is not how it's meant to be. God has a plan for his children, and it is not complicated at all. It is easy. Just as the story in the Bible with the serpent on the stick. The people were told if they simply looked at it, they would live. But because of the easiness of the task, many did not and perished! It seems unbelievable that they didn't look, but I think it is exactly the same today! As we look to Christ, we will live! (eternally) Let us not be slothful because of the easiness of the way!

I hope you are all doing well! write down something you are grateful for each day, and you will see how blessed you really are!

Love from Sister Riley xoxo

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