Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Adventures in Vermont!

Hey everyone!!

I hope you've all had an amazing week! 
This week has been incredible for us here in Greenfield!!

So first of all, on Tuesday we found out that our mission is no longer using Facebook. We're still digital missionaries, but no Facebook. It's not really necessary. Skype is the way to go! This week, Sister Saito and I taught 3 Skype lessons! We taught someone from Brazil (I just sat there and smiled while Sister Saito spoke in Portugese, but it was cool!), we taught someone from Chile, and thankfully he spoke really good English, and then we taught someone in France! It was awesome!

Wearing green to celebrate greenies! WE LOVE GREENIES! Sister Saito is the best greenie!
 Later on Tuesday, we had dinner at Holly's house, and we had a lesson where we talked about Patriarchal blessings. We want to prepare her to get hers. It'll be amazing for her! She was really excited about it!!

On Wednesday we had dinner at Doug's house with Kelly, and we talked about the same thing! He talked to President Kemsley about it on Sunday, so he is now in the process of getting his Patriarchal blessing! We are SO excited for him!!

We had a really awesome day on Wednesday! We went to see Anne (less active) and we had prepared a lesson all about the Book of Mormon, and we were going to commit her to start reading it again, but when we got there, all her grandchildren were there, and her daughter was there, so we decided to follow the spirit, and teach them about the restoration of the gospel. We invited everyone to participate in the lesson, and all the kids sat down and listened! It was amazing! The spirit was SO strong. We've never had a lesson like that in her home before! It was incredible :)

Then we went to see Brenda (semi active) and she has been flying through the Book of Mormon these past few weeks, and she finished it this week! So she decided to pray about what to study next because she wasn't sure. She felt inspired to read the Old Testament, so we're going to be reading that with her every week :) She also told us that she feels like she needs to start preparing herself to go back to the temple. We think that's an AMAZING goal to have! We're so excited for her! She's awesome! 

On Thursday, we had a lesson with Keith, and you'll just NEVER believe what happened! So for a couple of weeks he's been telling us that he really wants to be baptised, but he needs the Book of Mormon taken away from him. We can't stop teaching about the Book of Mormon...it's the keystone of our religion, so we decided to focus one of our lessons on reading from the Bible. We read Isaiah 29, which talks about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon! We asked him "Keith, do you know that the Bible is true?" and he said "Yes! Absolutely! The Bible is absolutely a true book! Everything in it is true!" So then we read Isaiah 29: 11-14 and asked what he thinks it means? It says 

11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
 13 ¶Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."

He was a little confused, so we explained to him that the "book" that he's talked about is the Book of Mormon, and the "man that is not learned" is Joseph Smith. When we asked him how he feels about what we read, he said "Well, I feel like you just brought me one step closer to the Book of Mormon". MIRACLE!!!!! It was SO awesome!
 On Thursday night, our mini missionary, Jess, arrived, and we put her to work on Friday!!

We went to see Jose on Friday and we talked about how the gospel has changed his life. We asked him if he wants that change for is friends and family, and he said "of course!" So we challenged him to invite some friends to join us in the lessons, and we gave him some pass-along cards to share with people! He was so excited about it! He was like "I've been trying to get my roommate to join us in the lessons! I invite him every time!" We didn't even know he was already sharing the gospel! He's so awesome!

Then we decided to work our mini missionary a little harder, so we brought her tracting! Knocking on doors is tough! It was completely unsuccessful, but the Lord still provided!! After we knocked on a ton of doors, we then drove for an hour to Vermont, to visit a person who is not active. The branch clerk asked us to visit him to see if he still lived there. Well, when we knocked on the door, a young guy answered and we asked if he was the guy that we were coming to see. And he said no. But I was like "We did not come all the way here for nothing". So we told him that we're missionaries, and we told him a little bit about what we teach, and asked him if he'd be interested in learning more. He said "YES!" So he invited us in, and we taught him the first lesson! He's reading the Book of Mormon now, and he's our new investigator! It was such an amazing experience! It really showed us that when we do our part, the Lord provides. Even though we weren't successful with tracting, he still put someone who is prepared in our path, because we exercised our faith in Him. It was so awesome!


Then on Sunday we had an awesome lesson with our investigator, Porter. He prayed for the first time and it was awesome! Hearing investigators pray for the first time is seriously incredible!

This week was amazing! The Lord poured out blessings upon us! Things are really happening here in Greenfield! We're so excited!!

Walking the streets of Greenfield, doing the Lord's work.
I love you all SO much! I hope you have the best week ever!

Sister Rebekah Barrett

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