Wow this week has been so many emotions all in one. Last P-day I became a trainer. We were waiting at the stake center for the new missionaries to arrive and I was so nervous. In the trainer packet President hands out there was a talk by Elder Erying titled "Rise to Your Call" as I was reading it I felt comforted and knew that Heavenly Father will qualify me to train.
My new companion is Sister Schiess (rhymes with peace) from American Fork. She went to Utah State this past fall semester. Crazy to think that was me a year ago. She is awesome and we get along really well. The first day together we went out finding and found a new investigator named Ryan! We taught him about the Restoration and the BOM. He didn't really have a deep desire to learn more but we committed him to read 3 Nephi 11. Later that night I was reading a quote from Joseph Smith that said "To magnify a calling is to hold it up in dignity and importance, that the light of Heaven may shine through one's performance." I LOVED THAT!
This week we also had New Missionary Training. I felt like I was just there. This transfer there were 8 sisters that came out and 3 Elders. Sisters for the win!!! I learned from the spirit that the most important thing I can do for her is to help her feel loved and set the example for her.
When we went back to follow up with Ryan he wasn't home so we knocked on the two houses next to his. We talked to a man named David. He was a Christian and goes to a church in Sumner. We made some common ground with him and then talked to him about the Priesthood and the Restoration. He really listened because it was something different that he hadn't heard before. He was hesitant to take a Book of Mormon but he prayed at the end of our lesson on the doorstep and said he would read the pamphlet and continue to pray. Even though Ryan wasn't home we were suppose to meet David. Up the street a little ways we approached a house and the doormat had the Scotland flag on it. I got so pumped! A man answered the door and I complimented the doormat and I could tell from his accent that he was from Scotland. I have really been wanting to teach someone from Scotland. I told him about Mason and he thought that was cool. He is from Edinburgh! We started teaching him and he took a Book of Mormon and said he would pray about our message. He also said that he hasn't been to church for a while and should probably start going to one. Perfect timing!!! At the end of the lesson he told us that he was in sales and that he would hire us to be salesman. So I guess that was kind of neat. But obviously we had the spirit with us when we were talking with him.
was my 9 month mark. It was so weird to think that - but we had another festival of finding as a mission. We fasted and prayed as a mission to find 200 new investigators. We were able to teach about 3 lessons that day but most of them were going out of town and so we weren't able to set up a return appointment. However, I believe in nonlinear blessings and that through our faith and diligence other missionaries were able to find new investigators. We don't know the results yet but I am excited to find out.
We are working with some returning inactives and 2 came to church yesterday. We want to help them to come back to church and with the Bishop help shepherd them to the temple.
Good things are happening here in Buckley!
Bryn and Sister Schiess
I got a text last night from a lady in one of the Buckley wards with these two pictures -