Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spiritually Fed

This week was so fun!  We had the opportunity to get spiritually fed and travel :) Always fun.  Highlights from this week:

Pottery:  Last Monday we got to do pottery at Abby's farm!  Over the past two transfers we have been helping out to clean and some of the elders have been cleaning out her pottery studio.  A friend of hers, a professional ceramicist, came and gave us a little lesson.  Only a few of us got to try on the wheel.  It was so much fun, but I am obviously a beginner.  While not on the wheel we messed around with hand clay and made a moose's head.  I hope it turns out okay after we fire it, glaze it and then re-fire it.

Miracle:  After we did pottery we went to the store and wanted to get little gifts for each of the elders in our district.  One of the elders calls himself the BMW because he is a mix of black, Mexican, and white so we got him a BMW car.  His companion's nickname is Wolverine given him by Jen because he always has a knife on his person. We searched all up and down around Fred Meyers and Walmart and couldn't find anything.  At last we found these little X-Men mystery boxes.  These are collectable action figures, but you don't know which ones you are buying.  Being missionaries we did the logical think to do which was to pray about it.  We separated the 10 boxes into 2 piles and prayed there right in the aisle where so many people were walking down at the time to ask which pile the wolverine figure was in.  We felt impressed it was the right pile.  We prayed about them again and didn't get a distinct answer.  We ended up picking two to buy.  After we bought them we opened them and neither of them was a wolverine.  We were able to return them, thank goodness, and we decided to go back and try again.  Ironically, on the way to buy the first ones I thought to myself that my faith wouldn't be shaken if neither of them were the ones we wanted.  But in Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-8 it says, "Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that Iwould give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.  But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right."  This time we "studied it out" first.  We were moving the boxes and realized one was a lot heavier than all the other ones.  Looking on the backs we saw all the characters you could collect and saw one that was unquestionable bigger than the others.  We decided to try to guesstimate the weight differences and narrow it down which we got it down to 5.  This time we prayed about them and I didn't feel an answer either way. I said to Sister Randall, "on the count of three point to one nad we'll buy that one." We both pointed to different boxes ... we ended up getting three of them.  I was to buy one and she would buy two.  When we walked up to self check-out, the employee gave us a weird look.  Sure, it is a bit weird for two sister missionaries to be carrying nothing but X-Men boxes.  I had Sister Randall buy hers first, but one at a time so we could open them and see if any were the solverine figure.  Before she could even pay, I was opening up the box.  Inside the boxes are the bobble-head action figures.  Pulled it open and it was a wolverine character!!  Miracle.  The employee expressed his excitement saying he was glad it was the first one and not the last one we bought.

Interviews:  We had Zone Conference this week, but it was combined with 6 other zones because a member of the seventy came.  Because President didn't want the possibility of not arriving back in Anchoragae on time to pick them up from the airport, he FaceTimed us for our interviews.  It was a bit different.

Exchanges:  We drove up to Anchorage on Wednesday.  We got there in perfect time to start our exchange and for Sister Randall and Sister Johnson to go teach a lesson, but that apparently those plans fell through.  The exchange was split up around zone conference.  We got to Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon and zone conference was the next day.  We finished the exchange Friday morning.  It went great and we always have exchange miracles.

Zone Conference:  It is always fun to see old companions and say hi to other missionaries we have served around before.  Elder and Sister Ardern from the Seventy came and spoke to us.  It was a lot of fun and spirtually uplifting.  In the scriptures sometimes it talks about people passing out from spiritual overload.  We all were very tired after the meeting from the spiritual overload and loving rebuke.

Baptism Date:  We had two back-to-back lessons with Dominic and his countenance is changing.  He is paying more attention at church and seems more interested in what we are teaching him.  He accepted to be baptized and we are helping him work towards getting baptized by the end of March !!!!!!  So excited !!!!

Sent from ALASKA !
Sister Shelley Willden

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