Monday, March 17, 2014

March 16, 2014 - Boy oh boy a busy week!

boy oh boy a busy week!
Wow this has been a crazy busy week!
So many things have happened in one week it is nuts! But I am just going to begin with telling you all about this week of  highs and lows literally roller-coaster week! Missionary work is so fun but can be very stressful this week we were faced with few high stress situations... it is funny to see how our bodies react to stress like for me literally since Thurs my right eye has been twitching all day sporatically haha nothing to get stressed out about but I am assuming that this is result of anxiety haha for the work, for other missionaries, and well my own personal weaknesses I am working at overcoming. But yes my eye has a twitch every few minutes it is weird.. but I don't think it is very noticeable it is just something I feel.
So Monday we had a great lesson with Andre at President and Sister Leavitts house we taught Andre the law of tithing which was the last big law, I honestly have never met someone as elect as Andre, we were like in the lesson "So the Law of tithing... have you ever heard of tithes?" Andre was like " Oh yes giving 10% of your income, i know that. I will do it. I use to collect the tithes for the Baptist church I use to go to" haha we were just like perfect! He just smooth sailing! He started his new job and things were going great he was excited to be able to attend church as well and be baptised in the next couple weeks! After the lesson President & Sister Leavitt, Sister Keeler & I all rejoiced with one another at how excited we are about Andre! Then we did some knocking where we knocked into some great potentials!
Tues: We got up early and drove for an hour to Truro, where a missionary who has been out for a transfer longer then Sis K and I, and a brand new missionary serve together! There were some struggles going on, mostly had to help with with planning.  So we went over proper planning (aka:back up plans and specific plans) really surprised me how they planned, I was like what?!? How do you work like this !??! in my mind. I love directing visits with Sis K, we are in the same page. We separated Sis K and I and did some street contacting with these sisters.  It was great because she was able to see how to make it fun, genuine and real conversation with others, as we were contacting she was so stoked.  She was like "wow! I've never seen it this way.  I am use to coming up to someone and blasting them for 20 seconds, then them saying no, then us walking away!" haha I was like yes, as you aren't a robot people are more inclined to want to listen and understand the importance of our message.  We had a blast with one another and rejoiced in our learning with one another. We will probably have them come see how we work in our area, week 5 of this transfer.  It will help Sis C feelings, she is stressed in not being trained properly!

Weds: So weds morning we woke up early and headed out to Sydney for the 4 hr drive to get there!  We met with these sisters, we started by going over  plans for the day and the same type of planning was made. I was kind of in shock like really how?!? But we patiently with charity went over the plans and talked about how to effectively plan, we then went out & worked.  It was a great visit, these sisters are so far out from everyone in the area.  We will be skyping them once a week where we have companion studies with one another and we will be having roleplays and doing training that way as well, as the distance is so far away!
So Thurs morning we packed up and headed home in the morning! We arrived at 1 in Cole Harbour just in time to go to our service at the salon, that was good, then we had our transfer interview with President Leavitt, then we had a great dinner apt with the Colley Family where they have two daughters in YW's and it was very spirit filled convo.  It sounds like alot of the YW are at cross roads right now where they are making decisions that are instrumental in their activity in the church.  We were able to leave a great message with them, and I was able to open up about my experience of coming back which brought peace to their hearts. Sis K and I left feeling very inspired that we must help the YW and work with them more... which worked out perfectly with what we had planned to teach YW's this Sunday! We also had a lesson with Andre at a members home, since he has been taught everything we had a powerful lesson on the restoration and everyone went around and bore their testimony of the restoration.
Friday we taught Betty, we have been taking a 20 year old with us to alot of our lessons who recently came back to church in October.  It is really amazing because since she has been teaching with us as of a week ago, she has decided to break up with her bf of 3 years, and she is thinking about serving a mission!!! It is amazing! Our lesson with Betty was very Spirit filled.  Betty is truly understanding the gospel line upon line , grace by grace and we were blessed to be able to commit her to pray and prepare for April 29th to be baptised! She is loving attending church and feels a sense of home at church!
Friday night we were knocking a street we had felt inspired to knock for few weeks and we knocked into a 33 yr old who met missionaries in 06 at a time in her life when she was suffering from depression.  She didn't remember much about what they shared but she remembered that it helped her at that time, she let us in right away where we were able to teach her the restoration! She loved it and was planning to come to church but was unfortunately sick on Sunday, we will be seeing her again this Wednesday!
Saturday was a great day, Sis Belford (reactivated LA from new York who has been coming to church weekly now!) has been doing some missionary work in her apt.  She met a man who broke his ankle in a car accident and recently went through a divorce.  After teaching her we all walked across the hall and met him, he is in rough shape and turns out is a memeber of the church! He has been LA for years, is Anglican now, stopped going to church for some bad feelings about an issue.  He use to have a missionary savings fund, so we were pretty excited to meet him and he is willing to meet with us! He is in his 40s and we will be seeing him this week.
Saturday night at around 10 pm we got quite an upsetting voice mail from Andre, he expressed how he can't attend church no more, can't meet with us or be baptised because his wife will divorce him and he will be kicked out... it was very upsetting, he asked us to not call him.  Of course we called him back though haha he did not answer but we are keeping him in our prayers he is a "spiritual convert" he is so converted and knows this is true.  It just breaks my heart how he has this obstacle, like the poor man rearranged his career to be baptised!! But we are giving it a day and then President Leavitt or Brother Edis (a member who has been teaching with us) may give him a call. I have faith things will work out and that one day he will be a member.
Sunday: Betty was able to come to church for the 3rd week in a row! IT was a great Sunday! We taught YW and the YW LOVE us haha it was funny they all were all giddy and excited!  They want us to come to activities, but we said only if you bring your friends! We expressed our idea of seeing if Quincy could come do an activity with us and the YW said maybe Quincy and I could teach styling hair or something. The YW were like "We love you two!  You two are the best dressed Sister missionaries we have ever seen! You both look so pretty, we normally hate sister missionaries" haha it was funny they are a fun dramatic group of YW with their tight pencil skirts and their high high heals, they wobble on, we love them though they are just hilarious!! But Sis K and I talked about conversion I shared mine, and then we gave them 10 mins to ask us questions.  Since we have been in this ward an 18yr old YW in gr 12 said she has decided she wants to serve, and she was tearing up in the end she asked us how we decided to finally serve.  I was able to explain how it was very hot then cold for me and how satan will water down our feelings and thoughts of serving because it is something so good to do and how we just have to go forward in faith and do it before we convince ourselves otherwise, she nodded with tears and is very excited to serve!!
We are seeing so many amazing things. On my mission I have really come to see how prominent Satan is, we are literally wrestling in a war with him. The YW told us how they get made fun of for not swearing at school, there is so much in our lives that make us feel it may be easier to through down the towel and give up this great and marvellous race for our own salvation and the salvation of our brother and sisters. Trust me as I missionary I have seen victory and the feelings of triumph but as soon as that happens satans sends his winds to discourage us and help us to feel useless or to lower our faith. I know we are on the right track when opposition sets in because satan would like to discourse our path of righteousness. We must stand up and never lower our expectations this week I did not have an opportunity to personally read the BOM for two days as we had over 15hrs of travelling.  I noticed how without that I was reaching dispare and paranoid feelings, and it is because I chose to make myself more subject to satan but that decision to not take 5 mins to at least read the BOM. These are the last days we can not afford to be casual, we need to actively exercise our minds in righteous thoughts or satan will set in and try to pull as away from our divine potential.
I wish I had more time to express my feelings of my heart about this I do not have the time, but I really know that Satan would like to discourage me and he has in my life, but I know it is because he knows of our greatness and our ability to do good. I hope you all take the time this week to recognize where he tries to or does sway you and how you can fight that away and protect yourself in these last days!
I love you all and pray for you all and hope you understand my message I am trying to convey have a great week!!
Love Sister Pizzey :)

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