Monday, November 21, 2016

Something to Write Home About


This week was AWESOME! We literally saw Brother Whitman every day this week.

On Friday Elder Gay visited the mission! The meeting went from 7:30am-3:30pm. It was really great but I was exhausted after. He taught the four principles on teaching repentance:

1. Teach with authority and with understanding (you have been called to be an answer to their prayers)
2. Teach doctrine with understanding (Understand the blessings associated with the commandments)
3. Invite to act with understanding (Invite to repent)
4. Act with obedience and mighty prayer to increase your faith

The last hour was a Q&A some missionaries asked deep doctrine questions...and then some asked one about investigators, helping family back at home, etc. He shared some amazing experiences. He focused a lot on "listening to the spirit that is within you." I loved that. Elder Gay is definitely a spiritual giant.

Saturday we went to the church at noon and started filling the font. Our mission leader Brother Suttle helped so much with the baptism - so grateful for him. The font took about 3 hours to fill. We printed out programs and set up the refreshment room, etc.
The layout was really similar to Brooke's baptism where we had it in the chapel and then the primary room for the baptism and back to the chapel. There were so many people there. It was so great and Brother Whitman was glowing after. The baptism went so smooth and there were quite a few non-members and inactives (so that was good). Sisters Hollingsworth, Pope, and I taught the Restoration while Brother Whitman was getting dressed - so happy we could be part of the program. It is such a humbling experience to be a part of someone's conversion. I am so happy for Sister Whitman because in a year they will be able to be sealed in the temple.

Sunday, We saved a spot for the Whitmans at church. We got a text from Sister Whitman saying "guess who was watching Youtube videos on how to tie a tie last night?" We were laughing because Brother Whitman NEVER WEARS TIES!!! So this was a big deal. When they got to church he was in a tie and a suit coat - He looked sharp. After the announcements Brother Whitman was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What a neat experience. Brother Terry his home teacher and also 1st counselor in the Bishopric confirmed him. Sister Whitman was so happy - I think she is still in shock that he is a member now.

This week I hit my 6 month mark! So crazy. I love serving the Lord and being able to experience so many miracles. I have learned so much the past 6 months and hope to learn much more. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings true happiness and pure joy. Love you all. Happy Thanksgiving!  We also found out that we are having dinner with the Conines, Paynes, and the Williams all @ the Conines - it is going to be so much fun!


Sister Wynder
If you need a little entertainment, here is a link to Bryn and Sister Pope making a music video/lip syncing to a song about baptism - 
Pictures from Brother Whitman's baptism

"We had dinner at the Walkers and they have 3 cows!!! The cow got mad when I tried to moo at it...​"
" These pictures were taken at 5pm - it gets dark so early!"
With Sister Hollingsworth and her companion

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