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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Book of Mormon Bring Us Peace

Our 4th of July!

This week was a pretty good week! All the details are a blur though.... That's usually what happens when you teach a lot of lessons haha they all seem like one big blob of lesson haha. But it was a really good week! We were able to work with a lot of members! We would be totally lost without them and not have any miles! Missionaries really can't do this without members.
We have a baptism coming up this Saturday! She's been waiting for a little while. We had to put it off because we didn't feel like she was really ready. We feel a lot better about it now! She's way excited. Her name is Krystal. She's super strong and courageous, she's the only member in her family that is taking the lessons. They don't discourage her, but I'm sure it's still hard for her to be alone. She was able to meet this awesome family though! They're seriously like her second family! We had fhe with them last night and they even tease her like a sibling! Anywho, we're excited for her baptism coming up!
One really cool lesson was just yesterday. This investigator's name is Jessica. Earlier in the week we were about ready to drop her because we didn't know her commitment level and we thought she was just in it for the social side of things. We go into the lesson and it turns out she actually read the verses we left her with it was a miracle! We were slightly wrong and she is more committed than we thought.
A little background on Jessica. She is a mom of 5 boys, most of them are pretty young. And she usually watches at least 3 extra kids everyday. There are always kids running around, her house is really dirty, and dark, but with 5 boys my house would look like that too! She doesn't really come from the best background. But she loves her family a LOT and she really cares about them! Her kids mean the world to her.
It's been a neat experience to see the slight progression in her. As we come over more and teach her more, the house gets a little bit cleaner. She starts listening and participating more.
So back to yesterday. We were teaching her and the boys were slightly crazy, they were playing some obnoxious video game and there was a lot of rap music blaring. It wasn't the best teaching environment, but we went with it anyways.
We decided to just start reading the Book of Mormon. As we did you couldn't notice the distractions. They seemed less and less. It was like we were in our own spiritual dome. The boys were still crazy, there were still things going on. But we were still able to teach and the spirit was still there.
This could really be applied to everyone, life can get pretty crazy, 5 boy crazy! But we can create our own little spiritual domes by reading the Book of Mormon. The dome doesn't mean that bad things will stop happening, bad things will always happen. But this dome will help us deal with them. The Book of Mormon really provides a protection for us. It's there for us. The prophets that wrote it can't really benefit from it anymore, but most of them sacrificed their life and died so that we could have the Book of Mormon to help us through our lives. Whether that's through the little everyday things or the monstrous mega trials we're given. No matter what our concern or problem may be, the Book of Mormon can give us the peace we need.
I love you all and I hope ya'll have a good week!

Yes, missionaries still celebrate 7/11 day!

This is a dirty ole canal, but it's the most water we've seen in a while and we like to walk pass it every chance we get!

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