Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 2:02 PM
Composing 168 hours of life into an email is not an easy thing to do so I think I just won't even try I hope you all have a good week and keep on keepin on!!............................So I thought about sending that, but then I figured I would not have a very happy mother so I decided to take the challenge and try and give this week some justice.
This week was one of great blessings and many miracles! We, as a zone, are climbing back up the December latter and doing our best to match or beat our zone best of 31. This week we increased to a projected of 24 so plenty of work to still do. Elder Brown and I had an exceptional week with about 33 total lessons and 8 that came to church with 10 new on the week. We have gained a testimony that the new standards of excellence for the mission in 2011 are possible because we hit everyone!! We are striving to be instruments in the hands of the Lord each and everyday so that we qualify for his work and he will take care of the rest!!!
We received a referral this week for a girl named Tee-Tee. We happened to be in the area so we stop in. Come to find out she is a 19 year old girl with a 6 month old son and a baby on the way. Her partner recently left her for his ex and she has been contemplating suicide ever since. Fortunately Heavenly Father was mindful of her and her situation and sent two humble servants to her rescue. We spent the time getting to know her and answering her questions. We also taught her "sister" (no blood relation) Dee-Dee (Both are nicknames). They really like what we shared and when we said that we had to go they wondered why we were leaving so early, but we had been there too long already. We invited them to a lesson that we were having at the chapel 2 hours later at 6 o'clock and they agreed. They came and in the chapel we watched reflections of Christ on the projector and let everyone just sit and feel the spirit. It was great. They then were able to take a tour of the chapel and see where everything was. They both expressed how they just felt warm and welcome in the chapel. Both of them came to church on Sunday and were able to meet with Bishop and he was able to help Tee-Tee with her thoughts of Suicide. Unfortunately they thought church was boring, but that is just because they are used to a rock band and jumping around. We helped them to understand that is not the way of Jesus Christ. We are hoping to set them for the end of the month so they can be washed clean of their past and move forward. It is scary to see the lives that people live when they don't have the gospel in it!! I have a testimony that Heavenly Father will lead us to His children when they are most ready and prepared to make changes in their life!!!
Also Paul and Terisa are planning their wedding for the 28th and then she will be baptized on the 29th. Paul is a LA (less active) member that has made the choice to change in 2011. We have a baptism coming up this weekend with a 14 year old boy Zane who in the Nephew of our ward mission Leader. He is a tower of a boy probably 6'3'' or so. He is so humble and kind, and has decided that it is time to start following Christ in his life!! Ocean was finally confirmed after the 2 week delay after Christmas she is back on track and has been humbled and picked up. Things are really going very well we just have to keep it going.
Well that is about it from me time just keeps flying by. Thank yous all for the updates, love, and support. I couldn't do it with out yous!!! I bare you my witness that this is the work of God. We are in the business of saving souls and the work will continue to press forward until all of His children come home!! I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. It is a mirror image of his church in former times, and is led by a living prophet. May the Lord continue to bless us all as we qualify for his mercy and grace is my humble prayer!!! I love yous all!!!
Elder Matthew Lee Stucki N.Z.A.M.