Hola! Feliz Cinco De Mayo!
It was an eventful and exciting week here in Lilburn. We got quite a few opportunities to do service this week. It is so fun when people actually let us help them. We have been meeting with Tara who owns the bagel shop but haven't been able to get in with her lately so we went by on Wednesday and helped her clean up and close her shop and do dishes and she actually talked to us the whole time and opened up about some of her feelings. We got a chance to bear our testimonies to her and some of her walls went down. And she said we could stop in any day and help her clean up and we could talk. It is amazing what serving others can do. Preach My Gospel is so right!
This week we have met with Q and Jose a couple times and we started teaching their daughter Angela. They are progressing very well and as you probably already know they are getting married at the mission home on the 17th of May! The perks of being in Lilburn. We just call in a few reinforcements. And then they are getting baptized the day afterwards. Q is so excited to get baptized and so is Angela, it is humbling to see her interest in the gospel and children's sensitivity to the spirit. I can see why Elder Oaks said don't take the basics for granted and I love the quote in PMG about unfolding the gospel and teaching it as you would to a child, they really understand so much better. Q has been taught all of the lessons and she told us that this week she was reading about Joseph Smith and she felt the spirit testify to her once again that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I am so happy for her and that she is putting for the effort to study and learn daily. And her and Jose are actually having conversations about it and growing closer to God together.
We went tracting on a street a couple weeks ago and felt like we should go back yesterday. So we went back and the first door we knocked on we met a lady named Connie who asked what church we were from. We told her and she said to come in we were excited but a little puzzled and she told us that she was baptized when she was 11 years old and went to church for a long time. She did baptisms for the dead. She even told us that yesterday morning she was thinking about fast Sunday and coming back to church. She was crying and said she knows God loves her and that she wants to come back to church she just doesn't know how. Heavenly Father knew that we needed to see her yesterday. He definitely loves all of his children.
This week in my studies I have been studying a lot about the atonement because I want to understand it better. I read the talk the Purifying Power of Gethsemane by Bruce R McConkie it was so good. In it he talks about 3 gardens and as we study the Atonement we will see in our mind those three gardens and their significance in our lives. He said to better understand it we must search the scriptures and accept them as the mind, will and voice of the Lord. Then to hearken to the spirit. I think I already knew those things but this week they have touched me in a different way. The word atone means to reconcile so we are literally be reconciled to our Heavenly Father again. God literally gave Christ power and because he never sinned he was able to receive the power and carry our the Atonement. He never gave in and because He was perfect he was freed from the demands of justice. He had the power or redemption and he had no dept to justice he paid for the debt for those who repent and turn to him. That is a pretty amazing concept. That is how he carries each of us through everyday. His power is unstoppable.
Then this week we had to take our car into the shop because there was a recall on the axle. Seems pretty important and we didn't want to die so we took it in. We sat there for 4 HOURS. And then they finally told us they were going to have to keep it for a undetermined amount of time and they were going to get us a rental car. We knew it was a possibility but we didn't think it would actually happen. So we finally got it all straightened out and got the rental car which by the way is exactly the same car as the one we have just a different color. Then we went to dinner As we were walking up the steps to their house I remembered. Oh brother... Oh man... Oh no... The keys to our apartment are still on the key ring which is on the other side of our area in the Chevy place. So after dinner back we went, only to realize, that of course the people there wouldn't/ couldn't open the box where the keys were. Now what do we do. We're clueless and of course we don't have the phone number for our apartment complex. After making about a million calls we got a hold of Sister Jessen who is in charge of the apartments and she had a key. Prayers are answered. I really didn't want to sleep in the car. We are sooooo lucky to be in Lilburn. We got in and by bed time I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. I guess Crisis+time=humor.... It is a little funny, now that we have a key. Some rather unfortunate circumstances... Then I left the key in the door ALL NIGHT LONG. Man oh man, thank you for protecting us!
And we went tracting this week to those HUGE houses that I sent pictures of last week! Oh yeah. We talked to one of the guys for a long time and he knew about the church. He gave us his phone number and said come back anytime and play tennis and take some pictures... SWEET.
Then today we were shopping at WalMart and as we were walking out. This lady with Tattoos chased us down yelling "Sisters Sisters". We stopped and she came up to us and said. I am Mormon and I used to be a sister missionary. She started talking about her mission in Provo and how she still has a testimony. But has just lost her way a little. She told us that the hardest part is that she promised her converts that she would always go to church and they would too. She can't handle it anymore. She gave us her number. So hopefully we can get in contact with her again I am glad we were there when we were.
This is a major testimony to me that His love never changes. Never! He always has perfect timing to show his children his perfect love.
It turned out to be a really good and productive week and we still got to talk to a lot of people, only with Heavenly Fathers help because with my own strength I so couldn't have done it. The Atonement really does carry us through!
Well, I hope y'all have a great week! I will see ya soon... In fact on Sunday. That kinda crept up on me and we don't have any plans so we'll be in touch. You're in my prayers!
Love ya bye!
Love Sister Weeks (Rachel)