It was a pretty good week here in Greensboro. Turns out that it is a pretty small town and they don't do anything for the 4th of July so we just made our own fun. No fireworks here. I heard a few though. (Apparently no drunk accidentally blew something up because she told me that would be the only way she would get to see fireworks!)
We got to meet President and Sister Bennion this week. They are just the cutest. He is a lot taller than she is. They are so sincere and loving and very humble. He is a definitely a man full of the spirit. We are all excited for him to be here. Sister Bennion is very musically talented and is trying to whip us all into shape and make us sing. She wants to start a choir. That would be great for Sister Andrus her voice is pretty much like an angel. I just like listening to her. My singing abilities are uh... Well lets just say I won't be joining the choir. haha :) She was in the musical "Anything Goes" too! Seriously she is a boss at singing.
We have been working a lot with Monica Gresham still. She is amazing. We started teaching her two children last night CJ who is 10 and Desia who is 8. They want to get baptized with their Mom on the 19th. The sincere excitement that they show towards learning is amazing. I love being able to see it. Monica is loving reading the Book of Mormon and she is just soaking up the knowledge that she gains. Her sincerity in wanting to learn is evident because of her true desire to change and the effort she puts forth to understand and learn it's teachings. I am grateful to be apart of her life and be able to see her change she is becoming more and more confident in her testimony of Jesus Christ and his love for her. It is truly strengthening my faith and testimony. And the restoration video has so much power I love to use it as a resource. It really bring the spirit and testifies of the truthfulness of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel so strongly.
We have met a lot of people this week who have showed interest and we are excited to meet with them again this week. On Saturday night we were looking through some former investigators which is how we found Monica over a month ago. And it was about 8.40. We were in a town that we don't get to very often called Woodville and had just tried one and she wasn't there. So we tried another one named Carolyn. The teaching record said that she wanted to be baptized but it didn't really say why she was dropped. We pulled up and started walking toward her house when she started walking towards us. She said hello acting like we had met before. She asked if we knew the rules... uh rules what rules...and of course we didn't. Later we found out that she stays with her Grandmother who does not like the church and does not want her to have contact with it so we just walked with her and talked for a minute. She met missionaries in 2011 and through some weird string of events her baptism was cancelled because a member thought that she wasn't SURE that we wanted to go through with it. So every year since then she picks several baptismal dates and prays and asks God when he wants her to be baptized. What? So she has a quad and knows a lot about the church. She actually lives in Athens but hasn't been home in 4 years. The problem is we can't call her or knock on her door but she said just drop by again and she knows that the Lord will prompt her to come out again. That is some faith. It was a crazy interesting experience. We are excited to meet with her again and invited her to prayerfully start reading the Book of Mormon again and join us in a fast yesterday.
This week in my studies I have been thinking a lot about "coming unto Christ" and what that truly means. It is part of "Our purpose" as missionaries and I want to be a more effective instrument in the hands of the Lord in doing his work in his way. There is a song that Sister Andrus and I are doing for Zone meeting (pray for me, I don't want to make a fool of myself...) called "Come Unto Christ" And I think that it describes perfectly the relationship we can have with him and the rest and peace we can find when we abide with him always. I am so grateful that, that is possible and that the Atonement carries me and the Lords investigators through every day. I know that this would all be impossible without him but with him we see miracles.
I'd like to end with a few words of the song. You've probably heard it before it is the youth theme song for this year. "He's the one who taught forgiveness and who showed a better way. He's the one who helped the hopeless and those who'd gone astray. He's the Savior and Redeemer, the Bread of Life the Prince of Peace. If you're hungry, lost, or captive He's the one who'll set you free. So let Him in and you'll remember who you are. He will mold your life and change your willing heart. Come unto Christ. Come unto Him, and by His grace be made holy again. He's calling your name. He's waiting for you with arms open wide. Come unto Christ. And you will find eternal life. Come unto Christ. Come unto Him, and by His grace be made holy again. He's calling your name. He's waiting for you with arms open wide. Come unto Christ."
He is waiting for us all. Come unto Christ.
I love you all. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for the Birthday wishes. You are the best and I am so lucky to have you in my life.
Love ya bye!
Love Sister Weeks (Rachel)
Today was Rachel's 20th birthday and they were going to Athens to have a sisters p-day. She was not real thrilled because she didn't want anyone to fuss about her birthday. Next week her p-day is on Tuesday because they have interviews with the new president on Monday so her letter will be a day delayed. She told me this in a short note I thought it was kinda funny so I thought I would share to see if there were any ideas. "Want to know something kinda creepy... Well if you don't I'm telling you anyways. Yesterday in church a lady who said that she see spirits said that a lady in a prairie style dress with a 3-4 year old boy and 6-7 year old girl were staring at me and pointing at me. She said they were from the 20s and that the only name coming was Annie or Anna. She said she has long brown curly hair and her face was shaped like mine... hmmm.. Well I don't know what to make of that. I didn't know whether to believe her or just be creeped out. Do you guys know of anything in our family history about that. She ended with "One day you will find her and this day shall be brought to your remembrance...." " Miriam has been going through family history to see is there were some possibilities. Kind of interesting or creepy as she said. She seems happy and enjoying the work. We love Mondays and her letters and answers to questions. She told me they need to look for a new place to live because their utilities are way high and a member volunteered to let them live in the basement of their nice home so they are waiting for things to work out so they can move. She says the cockroaches are a daily nightmare for her.