Monday, December 14, 2009
Some great things have been happening the past couple days! It has been way cold, but out of the kindness of the Lord's heart, he has allowed me to be in a car during this winter season... maybe it's because of the collateral i put up to him by walking for the majority of my mission.
We spent a couple days out of our area. We drove to Lake Placid (home of the 1980 winter olympics) to train a companionship that has been struggling with the work. We just hit the streets with them in hopes to build up their teaching pool a little bit. We call it a Blitz when we hit another companionship's area with them.
Racquetball is one of my new passions, we have been going over to SUNY to play a couple times a week, and it's a blast. so, if any of you want to challenge me to a racquetball game when the time comes... be prepared to be humbled....
Last night we had one of the most spiritual lessons i have had on my mission. We have been working with a less active couple for a few weeks, and on P-days we have been playing racquetball with the husband (brother Crump). They both fell out of the loop and basically forgot what the fruit of the gospel tasted like. Brother Crump said that he wasn't blessed with the "gift of faith" and after reading alma 32 with him we pressed upon him that in order to believe it has to begin with desire. We committed him to read the Book of Mormon. After a week of reading...he is already in Enos, and he has had legitimate questions. He also explained that he is beginning to feel bad about some of his sins. We explained to him Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life, in that the fruit represents the love of God or the Atonement. We read many passages about Christ's atonement and bore testimony from deep within our hearts. Tears came to this man's eyes as he began to merely taste of the love of our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of His son. Brother Crump began to repent without even realizing it... we pointed out to him that he already realizes his sins, and he is feeling godly sorrow. He now has a desire to come to church, because he understands the meaning and importance of the sacrament. This has been a defining moment in my road of testimony.
Christmas will be great. I am looking forward to talking to you guys! just so you know, i will be calling in the afternoon on Christmas day, so that means i will probably call you guys around 12 or 1 your time.. keep your phones by you because i dont know who im calling first.
i love you guys!
Posted by Emily at 3:24 PM