Monday, September 9, 2013

WEEK 14 IN BAY CITY

Hey everyone!! hope everything is going well back home!! 
this week was a great week! jackie and cori are doing great! jackie read the entire gospel principles book in one day haha and she has read 151 pages in the BoM in like 3 days! she is nuts! haha but they didnt make it to church this week cuz cori sprained her ankle and jackie couldnt find a sitter on such short notice. We will keep working with them though and helping them progress to their baptismal date! 
other investigators are doing well! we set a date with dennis last night and are hoping he and tena (member of the church... not sure if i have talked about them before) will get married soon. tena really wants all this to happen, so i think it will move pretty quickly! 
gabe and stephanie are doing well. they have been busy so we havent been able to see them as often as we would like, but they fed us again last week and we will hopefully be able to get over there tonight. 
elder bass and i are doing well! we have been teaching a lot of lessons, and doing a lot of service. people have some terribly tough lives out here.. its really hard to see sometimes. watch the mormon message, "good things to come." i used it as the basis for my gospel principles lesson yesterday and i love that video. thats what we need to keep in mind when we are going through tough times. we need to know that Heavenly Father's plan for each of us is better than our own plan we have for ourselves. Mormon 8:22
We had this crazy guy approach us the other day and tell us he loves men of God and that he was a student of ancient scripture and things. so i got excited, thinking he had read the BoM maybe or something, but he just started talking about crazy stuff and how he doesnt believe in most religion because they lie to you. "they never told us about the giants in church! Genesis 6:6!” (it is actually genesis 6:4, i looked it up later)  but he was going off citing scriptures about giants, and about how "triangles are everything." wayyy weird haha soo hard to keep a straight face as he was telling us about aliens and how they live and have lived here, but we dont recognize them because they are a different form of energy. this story was going somewhere, but i forgot where it was going... so.......
anyways, check out this scripture! one of my favorites. definitely underrated and underused: Mormon 9:27-28
(I, Emily, thought I would just look up the scripture for you and include in the letter. You’re welcome, haha!!!)
27-“O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever  ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.      
28-Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.”
love you all!
ps go cougars!!

pss brother schindler  (He was their awesome Ward Mission Leader that came to our home to visit us) accepted a job teaching in idaho and left a few days ago. that was very sad and it will be very difficult to make up for the giant hole this will leave in the ward and in our efforts!! 

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