Monday, October 21, 2013

Starting new!!

It is one of my very favorite days.....all over again!!
  Hello everyone, I just love Mondays.....they are quite possibly the most exciting days of the week in my life, why, you ask, because I get to hear from all you beautiful people!!
Sometimes our weeks are weird, and that would be an accurate description of my past week.  We had a bunch of goals that we weren't able to meet and that was unfortunate, but good thing Monday always rolls around so we can try again.  Also I am glad that God is patient with us, because sometimes I feel like I use a lot of his patience.
  Monday night we went to go contact a few ward members that are unknown on our copy.  So we ended up at a Retirement home, and we went and looked at the list of people who live there and noticed that the lady we wanted to visit wasn't on the list, which left us two options, either she had moved or was dead.  As it turns out both of those things were true.  We were walking in the parking lot and this older gentleman was like "Who are you looking for?"  We told him who it was and he was like "She's dead, has been for a year".  Whoops!! Haha gotta love it when the people in the ward don't know what has become of those that live there so their records are still there.  Point of the story is that his name is Vance and he is a really awesome guy! He sat and talked with us in the parking lot for quite a while.  I love how even though we might go to an area for one reason we end up leaving it having fulfilled a completely different purpose.  We had no idea that we were going to meet such a great guy that night, but the Lord blessed us and Vance was placed directly in our path. :)  He is going to be turning 81 this next month and we are planning to find out when his birthday is and make him a cake, because that would be so fun huh??? Besides I love birthdays, and ain't nothing like having a celebration! 
  Tuesday was an indoor day.  Sister Ashby apparently did not fare as well as I did from our fast, so we did not really venture out into the world.  I was able to work on our map for quite a while and I also was able to read and mark more of the BoM.  I really want to put in a plug right here, I seriously suggest that if you want to get more out the Book of Mormon that you do a thing like we are.  It doesn't have to be the same as what we are doing, but I am gaining so much more from the BoM then I ever have before.  I have always loved the BoM but this time it is so much more to me.  I really, really, really, love my Blue copy.  It is kind of funny because I only read out of it now, so when I go to look for scriptures that I have marked I can't find them in my quad.  But anyways something for you all to consider.
  Wednesday we went to the library so Sister Ashby could do some of her training and I was so so excited, because that meant that I was able to spend some time on and   Which was absolutely fabulous in case you were wondering!! Who knew that those 2 sites would come to bring me so much joy?? Not me, but I love them!! I wrote down little phrases from each Apostle and the Prophet that they highlighted on the website.  I was also able to watch a million of the Mormon Messages, and I have a bunch that you should all watch.  The first one I'd suggest is called Courage....I think.  It is about Ester and it was awesome.  It was short sweet and might also be called Brave....I can't remember for sure...sorry. But you all have greater access to the 'net so I have full faith that you can figure it out.  This one is the most important one: Eric Lund!!!!!!!! Watch it and love it, I know that I did.  I'm not really sure why I loved this one so much, I just did.  It is a good one.  I also watched the one about Chris Williams and I almost started crying, I just want to be that amazing of a person and allow Christ to work through me that well.  His story amazes me everytime I think of it, and I wish that I was such a person.  But actually I never want a trial like his, so that I have cause to forgive in the same way as him.  Also I was able to watch a bunch more of them and they were all lovely so if you ever have some extra time on the internet you could head there and watch a few.  I was also able to make it 20 minutes into the Restoration, which was absolutely fantastic!! I love that movie so, so much!!! It just filled me with a desire to go and share the story with everyone, so they could know about it as well.  I love Joseph Smith so much and am so glad that he was inquisitive and asked God his questions.  I know that he truly was a prophet and that he was prepared from the beginning for his divine and distinct role to guide us in the last dispensation.  How amazing it is to be in the same state as where he lived for a while, even if I am no where near where he is still cool to think about it.
  Did I tell you how much I love the Snowdens?? and more specifically Sister Snowden? Because I really, really do.  We visited them on Wednesday and they are so wonderful.  They take good care of us, and Sister Snowden is actually the one that text you for me Karen.
  Thursday we had  District Meeting.  And I started wearing my jacket, and I am pretty sure that I am never taking it off until Summer comes again!!  District meeting was good, we were able to meet our new Montgomery Elders and that was exciting.  We (Sister Ashby and i) were able to do a role play with Elder Moore, which was just fabulous, because I always learn so much from him.  He was able to give us some good feedback and then when he taught us it was amazing!! He was teaching and testifying and it was just powerful!  After when we were talking about it I told him how I loved that he bore his testimony and he said that as soon as he bears his testimony it makes him comfortable and as soon as he is comfortable the spirit is able to take over and it is amazing.  So that is something that I shall be working on. I am so excited to work on it, because I know that the Lord will be able to bless me even more as I work on all my skills.  This is just going to be another powerful tool to use, so that is exciting.
  I shook Elder Foster's hand as he walked out the door, but I haven't actually met him yet.  I was able to see Sister Summers again, which just made my day!! I love her so much, and I hope that we can be companions at some point!
  We had lunch with Sister Scott and Melissa, it was so delicious and fun to have lunch with them.  I adore Sister Scott!! Also we are going to do some service for her.  We are going to teach Early Morning Seminary next Tuesday.  Crazy fun huh??? It starts at we are going to have to get up early and it shall be a new experience for us seeing as we never had to go to Early Morning before.  We went and visited one of my favorite Less Actives on Thursday.  I love her! So that was exciting.  We went over to the Newberry's for service and dinner that evening and we were a few minutes early so we went to do visit with this kid that was outside and it took him a second to warm up to us and then it turned out really well.  He told us later that he thought we were JW's so I am glad that we were not so that he was able to warm up to us.  He said that we could come back and talk to him sometime and it turns out he is dating one of the ward member's daughters.  How convenient huh?  Service was fun, we got to wrap presents for an early Christmas party.
  On Friday we had an appointment set up, so we had to break up Weekly Planning.  When we got to the appointment she wasn't there so we did a few other things in the area, and we went about our plans that we had set.  One of those plans was to go visit a referral from the Little Miami Sisters and when we got there they had a dog that was really not too happy that we were there.  He had a very, very mean bark and I was terrified....on the inside.  It took us a good 5 minutes to make it to their porch, but we did make it there.  I'm not so sure the guy was too impressed that we had actually made it too his porch.  He said that the dog has actually nipped people before.  So moral of the story is the Lord will bless you when you ask for the mean dog to not bite you.  I am living proof!!!! Thank goodness for answered prayers! As we were headed back home to finish weekly planning I had feeling that we should go visit a lady that had been a nonmember referral that we had contacted when we first got to Milford.  She had been really nice to us and said to try back in a month, so we went back on Friday and were able to have a prayer with her.  She is really a great lady, and we are excited because we have an appointment with her on Tuesday and one of our Ward Missionaries said that she could come with us to the appointment, so that is really exciting.  It just showed me that I really need to pay attention to the small things, because they can lead to miracles, such as finding an investigator.
  Saturday was also an excellent day, because Sister Ashby and I were able to go down to Abby's baptism, down in Cherry Grove.  I was so excited to know that Abby had made the decision to be baptized, and I am so glad that I was able to be there to see her on her special day.  It was such a great service, and I was excited to be a part of it.  As soon as we sat down and it started I started to actually think about the fact that I was speaking and then I was so nervous.  I was shaking a bit, but then I got up there and I just spoke straight to Abby.  I'm not sure I even looked at anyone else.  Afterwards people told me I did a good job, so that was nice of them.  Haha :)  I loved seeing my Cherry Grove Peeps again!!!!!!!!!!! One thing I did not realize was how attached I would get to everyone, and so going back and seeing some of my favorite people again was so wonderful.  They were all so nice and came over and talked to me and said how good it was to see me I am pretty sure the feeling was mutual.
  Saturday was a wonderful day tho.  We were also able to see an investigator that we picked up a few weeks ago, but she has been really busy so we had had to cancel with her and we had pushed off meeting with her for a month, but I just felt like we should go drop off some cookies and we did and then she told us we could come back in the next week or two, so I am excited about that.
  Sunday yay for blessed Sunday.  We had a good correlation and Ward council meeting.  It is so fascinating for me to see the inner workings of the ward and listen to the ways that the leaders have been inspired about the ward.  It is also cool to know the same thing is happening all over the world every few Sundays!  I got this really cool quote from the RS lesson yesterday, "So long as there remains a step forward to be taken, that step should be taken." President Snow said that, and I love it, so I'd thought I'd share.
  We went and visited Kevin last night, and I just love him!!!! Like lots and lots.  He also kills me every time we go over, because he is so funny.  But I think he is in my top 5 of people that I love in this area.  I just hope that at some point he gains an interest in the Church.
  So in our conf. call this morning one of the Elders decided that we should go for 50 member present lessons this week! Holy cow huh?  We had 39 this week, so I hope that we can all do it this week.  I know that the Lord will bless us as we put in our effort though. I just hope that I can do my part, so I can be blessed.
I love you all so much!! Also I am sooooo, sooo, excited that you have Sister Missionaries now!!! I may be slightly biased, but Sisters are fun!!!
Have a fabulous week!!!
Love Sister Juile Ann
TJ Happy Birthday!!!! I hope that 12 is an awesome year for you! :)

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