I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~3John 1:4

With three of our children now serving in three different countries around the world, we thought this would be the best and easiest way for our friends and family to follow them on their journeys and watch as they learn, grow, and share their experiences. Lance is a combat medic in the US Army and is deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Air Assault, Nicki is serving an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Mexico, and Hunter is serving a two year mission in Honduras. We are so blessed!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Miracles of Exchanges

(We're behind on our updates and posting Sis. Ririe's letters due to "Nerm" being sick and in the hospital.  Hopefully, life is returning back to normal.  Enjoy hearing from our favorite Sister missionary!!!)

We were able to teach a lot of lessons this week. It just kinda happened!  We do have a lot of solid appointments each week.  It's been cool to watch this area slowly get built up.

A less active member came to church and it was a complete surprise!  We didn't think she'd come for a very very long time.  She always said she would come or try to come, but never would.  So it's awesome that she's starting to come! 

We actually had an awesome lesson with her.  It was on exchanges (remember how I was telling you I wasn't crazy about exchanges, but for some reason some of the biggest miracles happen during exchanges?  Well...stay tuned!)  We saw her that day and she mentioned the she's trying to come back, but things keep happening and getting in the way.  So the sister I was with asked her if she thought about getting a priesthood blessing to help her.  And she said she didn't know if she was worthy enough for one (face palm).  The real miracle of this is that is was Thursday...and every Thursday night we have assigned priesthood from the ward come out with us.  So we stopped by later that night with the priesthood brethren and gave her a blessing.  Now for the really cool part!  One of the brethren is just starting to come back to church again.  (He's actually way cool and his daughter plays for a college in Colorado and he played a bunch of sports in high school and college.  Talking to him reminds me of talking to Den.)  He anointed the blessing and it was so cool!!!  It was the first time he had ever participated in giving a priesthood blessing.  It was awesome to be there for his first time and to be able to share in that experience.  The spirit was so strong.  It was just a cool experience all around!

Exchanges went really well.  We were able to teach a lot of lessons and this less active member opened up to us a lot.  Usually she doesn't talk at all and it's super hard to have a conversation, but she talked so much!!!  It was cool.  And probably a really good thing because Sis. Andrasko is definitely the better talker out of the two of us!  (Have I said how thankful I am for her???!!!!)  Like I said, there are a lot of miracles that come from exchanges, and that was one of them.

To be honest, this week has just kind of mumbled together into one blog.  But it's definitely improved!  Things are looking up!  

Oh...we figured out the creepiest game ever!!!  Peek-a-boo!  I don't understand why babies like it so much.  It's just creepy!  haha...It always gives us a good laugh though.  haha  Had to share our random thought for the week!

It's time for me to go!  Love ya, Mom!  I hope your week is good.  Den, I love you too! (I haven't heard from you in a while...haha)
Love ya!
Sis. Ririe

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