Hello Family!!! and friends!!! and every one else....(kat will finish that quote in her brain...hahah)
Sounds like fourth of July was smashing!!! Mom props on being prepared and making things happen!! Im sure everyone loved it and Jenna you know if i was there i would be screaming your name too at the parade and you would start laughing as you try to march and play the trumpet :) Dad and Scott the 10k sounds amazing!! way to be men :) and wow Mckenna's engaged!! December wedding! Sweet!!!!
So this week was grand. We had lots of miracles. Would you like to hear some??
Soo, the other day we were finding, knocking on doors in an apartment complex which is a little awkward because you knock on one door and everyone in the hall thinks its there's and you're talking to five people at once. Ha ha. So anyway we knock on this one door and we hear people inside but they're not answering, so we move on, and then we're upstairs and we see men come out of the door we knocked on previously come out into the hallway. So all these details probs arent necessary but they're just comin to me as I type. We scurry down the stairs to catch them and say hello, and one of them is like "Hello!! Wow you're missionaries! hello my name is Mark!!" He tells us how he had missionaries visit him in Melbourne 10 years ago and he used to go to church with them and he talked about how they baptize people at church and he wasn't quite ready to get baptized yet. We asked if we could come and visit and he was like yes!!!! Yes come and see me!!..............woah. Miracle!!
Also this week we went and saw our lovely less active named Marie and she is so cool. And her less active son showed up with his partner, who is not a member, and we shared a message with all of them! yay, miracle. And we got her sons address because he moved and we didnt have it on record, and we are going to go see them again and his partner/girlfriend who is sooooo sweet. That was awesome. Oh, we also had interviews this week with the mission president and his lovey wife, they were awesome!!! I love interviews, they're so fun. President likes looking at our study journals. I always feel awkward handing mine over because he'll just open it and start reading and im sure one of these times he'll read some totally immature comment like "wow Ammon is the bomb i totes want to be like him"or something like that...haha. I was safe this time. He talked to me about receiving revelation thru the scriptures and writing, and how there's different stages, like first we write about a scripture and we just restate whats going on. Then we start to interpret it, then we apply. I am working on the applying part, instead of just writing "wow this is so pretty yay!!" thinking of "wow this is so pretty and it tells me i can do this in my life blah blah blah". So yeah sometimes i feel like i am actually a little child when i read my entries sometimes!
So this Sunday Samuel got confirmed!! It was lovely. Its so weird how as soon as someone gets baptized and confirmed it seems like they have always been a member. Jerry didnt come to church so we went over later that day to call him to repentance. Haha, we just said hi and that we missed him. Also on Sunday we had a lesson from our RS president, that the Stake RS gave to all the RS, and all the women 12 and up were supposed to be there to hear it...guess what it was on....not gossiping!! yay man, i feel like we just beat that subject to death in young womens and relief society yet we still go discuss each other to everyone else....i feel like ive heard the same lesson a million times, "dont judge, we have no right to judge. why considerest thou the mote in thy brothers eye,....tell people you dont want to gossip if they start gossiping, stay out of peoples business, dont spread stories...etc etc" and its all true and we know its true. but why do we still gossip? Good grief. Sister Smith, the RS President, gave each of us some little stones in the beginning and reminded us "let he who has not sinned cast the first stone."
This week we had another miracle, we went and taught our new investigator named Jodie, and it was lovely! She wanted to make us coffee so we brought Milo with us, which is like ovaltine/hot chocolate. :) We taught the Restoration and sang for her and left. A few days later she called us and left a message that she had been trying to feel better and she was overwhelmed and nothing was helping, and then we came and after we left she felt so peacefull! And in her words "such a good spirit". wow miracle!! She is lovely!! :)
This week has been so great and i love being a missionary. I am sooooooo not perfect and make a ton of mistakes everyday! But using the Atonement has become such a strength. I love the quiet peace that comes when i know i am doing the Father's will. I love you all sooooo much!!!
Pictures--last p day we went to this beautiful walk place called broken head reserve it was lovely!! and pics of that with the district and also my and my comp...love you all!!!