Hello friends and family! Today is our Temple P-day, so that is why I am emailing today... I am so excited to go to the temple!!!!
Last Tuesday we met with Peggy and taught her "The Gospel of Jesus Christ." It was amazing because we met in the waiting room of the temple. It was very peaceful and the Spirit was strong. Yesterday we taught her the Word of Wisdom, the Law of Chastity, and Tithing and Fast offerings. She already pretty much knew what all of them were and committed to live them all...better yet, she already quit drinking tea and coffee a couple of weeks ago because she felt gross when she did! Peggy goes so far above and beyond what's expected. She's already in the book of Alma in her BOM reading!
Wednesday was the new missionary training in Mountain Home so Sister Cluff and I got to take a lil' road trip for the day. :) It's fun to be there with all the other new missionaries, trainers, APs, and President and Sister Bartlett. I just love meeting new people!
Thursday was.....my brother's 17th birthday!!!!! Happy Birthday to my favorite brother and teenager in the world!!! Seriously, I love my brother so much and look up to him in many ways. I just have to give him a big shout out for being so dang awesome. :) I miss him.
Friday, the BSU institute had a sort of Luau at Julia Davis Park (goooorgeous) downtown. Our investigator CJ came as well as several other less-active people that we invited. Rosselyn and her mom showed up too. I turned around one moment and saw Rosselyn with NO MORE NECK AND BACK BRACE!!!!!!! Eeeeeep! :D She looks so so GOOD! Exactly 3 months after she almost died, she has made a full recovery. Guys, Rosselyn is a living miracle. <3 Ah-mazing. It just makes me soooo happy and privileged to be her friend.. Also on Friday, shout out to Sheryl Hineman--HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my favoritest people in the world whom I look up to very much. <3
Saturday evening we were trying to contact a referral given to us by our Zone Leaders. We started talking to this guy who was smoking on the porch and learned that 12 mentally unstable males live there. This girl came out and started preaching anti to us and pretty much said our church is of the devil. She said a bunch of crazy stuff. Of course we can't win any argument with people who are so against the church but we can bear testimony and be kind. We coulda said a lot back to defend ourselves and argue, but it ended out staying a very peaceable conversation. In the middle of our conversation one of the guys on the porch told us he can make stars move...and also make stars appear.......So he showed us. He sang Tinkle Twinkle Little Star super fast and said, "Do you see that?" pointing to the sky. He was so high!! haha That was quite an experience.
After dinner on Sunday, we played a game with the family we were with. Brother Mendenhall told us a story about him and his son playing Pokemon Go. They didn't have enough stuff (idk what stuff you need cuz I don't play the game...haha!) to catch the Pokemon. So, out loud his son, Noah, started praying that they would be able to catch it. Brother Mendehall prayed that even though Pokemon Go is a very unimportant game he wanted Noah's testimony of prayer strengthened so he wanted Noah's prayer answered. Haha! Somehow they caught the Pokemon! Then meanwhile, we were playing a kid game. I don't feel like explaining what it is but it involves drawing colors and there are two wild rainbow cards in the whole deck. It was still the beginning of the game and one wild was already drawn. On Noah's turn his said, "Wait!!!" Then he bowed his head, folded his hands and we knew he was praying to draw a specific card. Then as he draws he said, "I really hope I get the rainbow card." He draws and IT WAS THE RAINBOW CARD! Hahahaha .....The faith of a 6 year old.... We could not believe it. Anyways, just wanted to share that Heavenly Father answers prayers.
Ponderize: D&C 64:3
Just kidding, it's D&C 64:33, but I accidentally wrote down 3. That one would be a funny scripture to share. haha
Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
Missionary work can be tiring and sometimes it doesn't feel like we are making the biggest difference, but it's okay! Small things add up to great things. I have seen it. And it's the most rewarding thing.
From Idaho to you,
The Mendenhall family
Happy Birthday Ben! (A member texted this to him on Thursday :)
We went to BSU campus last P-day
ROSSELYN WITH NO BRACE!!!!!! Also, Sister Cluff and I have matching dresses. :) We didn't buy them together though. I got mine for 4 bucks at a thrift store here and she brought hers from AZ!