HEY FAM JAM!!
Sorry I didn't put together an email last week. Time totally slipped away from me! But I want to update yall on life here in Filer:)
Monday nights, missionaries have always had dinner with the Templemans. They are an older couple in Filer that were in the young adult branch FOREVER. They are so fun and have college age kids running through their house all the time. You'll be hearing a lot about them I think hahahaa
In our district meeting on Tuesday, we had a training on listening and asking inspired questions. Right after our meeting, we went over to have a lesson with Sister Chavez who is a less active member and recent convert of two years. In that lesson, the Spirit was so strong, and we were able to ask the right questions for her to increase her understanding and faith in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the tools we have been given as missionaries that help us to bring the Spirit with us more strongly everywhere we go.
Something I've been thinking a lot about this week is how the Holy Ghost works with each of us. We had an excommunicated member in one of our wards get baptized again this last week. This process has taken him 16 years. We were talking with him about how the gift of the Holy Ghost has been working with him this last week since the confirmation. He said sometimes he doesn't know when it is his own thoughts and when it comes from the Spirit. I love Moroni 7:13, 16-17 along with President Hinckley's advice: "That's the test, when all is said and done. Does it persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God. If it invites to do good, it is of God. If it inviteth to do evil, it is of the devil... and if you are doing the right thing and if you are living the right way, you will know in your heart what the Spirit is saying to you. You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit- that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is the Spirit of God." Sometimes we don't always know for sure, but if it is good then it is of God. And sometimes we don't recognize that the Spirit guided us to action until after it has happened. I am so thankful for the influence of the Spirit in each of our lives and am thankful for the mission rules that help us missionaries have it with us as much as possible.
I had an "I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY MOMENT" this week. I don't even remember who it was with or where we were, but this lady was talking to us about what we do as missionaries and I was filled with the greatest gratitude and love for the gospel and the opportunity I have to share it each day. This gospel is what makes me so happy and I love sharing it ever day.
Elder Bean says hi. He's the coolest ZL.
Love you all!! Hope you are finding joy in every step of this crazy journey we call life! :)
Lots of love from Filer, Idaho!!