WA Week 53 - Seek After These Things

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone's enjoying the holiday weekend. As usual, this week has flown by. We had an exchange and a bunch of meetings. Weeks like that seem to go by so fast.

Here are some highlights from this week:

1. After MLC in Yakima we got some Panda Express and I accidentally left my mission credit card there! Luckily, we're going back down to Yakima on Thursday, so all is well in Zion.

2. After one of our meetings we had GIANT BURRITOS and I ate beef cheek for the first time. Yummmm .... (My face is crazy in this picture but just pay attention to the burrito.)

3. Sister Rasmussen and I taught the 4-year-olds at church yesterday. (If anyone wants that drawing I'll start the bidding at $20.)

4. We saw our breath outside! The weather's cooling down and I'm kinda sad about it.

5. Last night I wrapped a diabetic lady's infected foot.

So it was a pretty exciting week! It was also a pretty exciting week with our investigators.

Here's an update on the people I talked about last week:

-James: Still doing super awesome. He was at his mom's house this weekend so he couldn't come to church, but he went to mutual last week and loved it.

-Alicia: We haven't been able to see her this past week! :( But we're going to see her tonight and it should be super good. Her lessons are always super spiritual and she understands things much better than most of the other people I teach.

-Katarina: We had a church tour with her and her Grandma on Saturday and she LOVED it, and she agreed to be baptized on September 24th. She was all ready to come to church on Sunday, and then she got really bad anxiety and didn't come. :( We went by last night though and she is going to try really hard to come next Sunday and we're going to do everything we can to help her.

-Diego & Ashley: This is crazy, because they were doing super good. We had an awesome lesson with them on Wednesday and they were telling us how they felt like reading the Book of Mormon has opened their minds a lot. They had been super nervous about coming to church before, but they agreed to come to a church tour on Saturday, and maybe to church on Sunday. We weren't being pushy or anything. But while we were there, Ashley's grandparents showed up and were kind of listening in on our lesson. The day before our church tour, Diego texted us this long message about how their "journey meeting with the missionaries has come to an end," and about how they were going to continue reading the Book of Mormon but not meeting with us. It was super crazy because they had been having us over for dinner and wanting to meet with us like every day. We think something happened. We're going to try going to their house this week to talk to them.

-Marie: I didn't talk about Marie last week, but we're super excited about her now! She was an investigator that had been meeting with missionaries for awhile, but we had dropped her a month or so ago. She really likes learning but has really bad anxiety and so she would never come to church. We went back to see her this week, and she agreed to go on a church tour on Saturday and then SHE CAME TO CHURCH YESTERDAY! She loved it. It was testimony meeting, which sometimes makes us a little nervous because you never know what crazy thing someone might say, but all the testimonies were really good.

We're excited to see what happens to these people over the course of this next week, AND we're going to find more people. :) 

One thing I've been thinking a lot about this week since we've been working so hard trying to get members involved in missionary work, is how important it is to seek opportunities to share the gospel and to serve.

I think before my mission, my mindset was that if a missionary opportunity or service opportunity came, I would take it, but I never really sought them out. This week I've been thinking about how we shouldn't be complacent and just wait for these opportunities to come. We need to actively seek them out. We need to plan out what we're going to do to help the Lord in His work. Just think about what kind of a person you would be at the end of your life if you only waited for opportunities to come to you, and then think about who you would be if you make opportunities for yourself.

Just something to think about ... I've decided that I want to be the kind of person who is constantly seeking. This week, I encourage you all to think of something you can do to help someone or share the gospel with someone.

Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to y'all next week!

Sister Skousen

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