Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy 9 Months?! 3.23.2015

Holy Tolito! I hit my 9 month mark this week (aka on Wednesday). Where has the time gone? I honestly can't believe that I've been out this long. What a great journey it's been so far though!

This week has rocked! Week 1 of transfer #7. Love it. 

Here's a quick play by play/list of miracles from this week. (And when I say quick, I really mean really long.)

We were finally able to connect with 4 or so less-actives that we hadn't previously been able to get in contact with! So that was awesome. On Tuesday we felt impressed to go drop by one of our members and share a scripture with her. So we did. She told us that she'd like to go out teaching with us, so we were able to coordinate with her to have her come with us to read scriptures with a less-active male that we haven't been able to visit because we just couldn't find someone to come with us. So that was a huge blessing. 

We taught SU twice this week! For one of the lessons, we had another mom/daughter combination come with us. We taught the plan of salvation, and Sister McLaws and her daughter were both able to testify of the plan. It was so sweet. Then we saw SU and her mom (who is a less-active member) again on Saturday. We weren't able to find a member to come with us, so we just went. It ended up going really well. SU's mom was able to help teach parts of The Gospel of Jesus Christ to her, so that was really amazing to see. :)

Sister Weichers and I both had really profound statements that I'd like to share:
  • Sister Weichers: Finding people is what builds us but when we find them, God gives us the opportunity to help build them too. It's a 9:1 ratio. 90% of the time we are being built and 10% of the time we build.
  • Sister Gilbert: It's not that the mantle of responsibility has gotten any lighter, it's just that we've gotten stronger.
We got to start helping out at some GED classes. We're just tutoring the students and giving them one-on-one help. The people are very humble and very dedicated. I'm excited to see where it will go.

We got to go to the temple and see the PR family (a family from Gilmer) receive their endowments and be sealed together for time and eternity. It was even their anniversary! Oh it was a special day. And even better, Sister Weichers and I both were able to find a family name to take to the temple. So, it was just wonderful.
Sister Weichers and Sister Gilbert at the Dallas Temple
So on Saturday we had an hour or so before dinner. We had planned to knock doors on a street called Sunflower. So we drove over there, chose a side of the street and started knocking. The first door no one was home. The next door, a guy answered. We gave our normal contact ("We're missionaries form the Church.... We're sharing a message about Jesus Christ and His gospel and how His gospel can greatly bless our families. Would you be willing to listen to our message?"). Typically people will say no. BUT TODAY WAS DIFFERENT. This man said yes! (PS his name is FR). So we taught FR the Restoration on his doorstep! He works with a Mormon lady and had a bunch of questions about the Word of Wisdom, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. We were able to answer some of them, and he was genuinely interested. So we asked for a return appointment, and he said yes again! We got his information and went along our way. Obviously, Sister Weichers and I were very excited! So we kept knocking the doors on Sunflower. At the next 6 or so houses, no one answered the door. Then we knocked on a door and a guy answered. We totally recognized him. Turns out, we had knocked on his door like a month prior and he had told us no. We came to realize, that we had ALREADY KNOCKED SUNFLOWER. But we had just totally forgotten and not made a record of it anywhere. If we had remembered though, we wouldn't have knocked the street again and we never would have found FR!! Oh my goodness. It was just so amazing. Oh, and the best part is that it's in 7th ward, where the work has previously been much slower. BOO YEAH.

And last but not least, we had 12 new people (investigators and less-actives who haven't been previously) at church in 7th ward!!!! SU was one of these along with her mom, dad, sister, and brother!!!!!!! Okay, it was just amazing and SUCH a miracle!!

What an amazing week it has been in the old Texas Dallas Mission. Love. It. 

Cool insight from an 8 year old this week: 
CTR - choose the right
RTC - return to christ.

I can testify that Jesus is the Christ. He loves us. He loves you. He loves me. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and how grateful I am for his sacrifices! And "[I] know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). How grateful I am for this gospel!

One last thing from President Monson: You will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, and you will realize that He was always there beside you. Oct 2013 We Never Walk Alone.

I love y'all!! 

Sister Gilbert

PS if you want good brisket, come to Texas. :)  

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