Hello again. Another week has come and gone? Seriously? This is crazy!!!!!
Well, we met a lot of amazing people this week. (Let's face it, we meet a lot of amazing people every week). The sun was shining pretty much ALL week so more people were outside. And it stays light later which is always great, in my opinion. Saturday evening we ate with a member family, The DeReus'..LOVE them. The meal was St. Patty's themed: Corned Beef, Cabbage, etc...Green cookies. All in all, a marvelous week here in the Ohio.
Poor Sister Christian has been feeling funky this week which led to a few companion switches this week. Thursday, for example, I was with Sister Poppleton. Thursday evening Sister Poppleton and I were eating our dinner at a little park off of Euclid Avenue in good ole Euclid, Ohio. About half way through our meal of oranges, goldfish (Thanks, Mom), and peanut butter bagels, this group of women and one angel girl started to leave. (The only other people at the park). Naturally, we went over to talk with them a bit, and set up an appointment. We met with them last night. Briana (23) and Benette (19). Sisters. Had a rough year. Lots of death. Wanting to come closer to Jesus Christ. As we were talking about the peace that comes from reading the scriptures, the Bible and The Book of Mormon, Benette said, more than once, "I could use some of that. I'm going to start reading this today." We invited them to prepare to be baptized on the 14th of April...they are so excited!!!! And so are we.
Back to the park. We saw a group of young adults across the park at the softball field. I posed a question to Sister Poppleton, "If you could teach them anything right now, what would you teach them?"
"Hmmm..maybe The Plan of Salvation..."
The Plan of Salvation helps me understand the purpose of this life, so we decided to narrow in on that particular principle in this wonderful plan that our Heavenly Father has for them.
We strolled over to the bleachers. There we met Tay (18-female), TJ (20ish-male), and Aramis (20ish-male). As we were first introducing ourselves, and getting to know them, they expressed their lack of understanding about the purpose of this life. They were interested in learning more.
So we sat on the bleachers with them talking about our purpose in life. We introduced them to The Book of Mormon. And showed them how it truly is from God to help us answer questions.
Alma 34:32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
They opened up a lot, and really understood the necessity of preparing now on this earth to get back to our Heavenly Father. It does require work. At the end, we asked Tay how she felt about all we were talking about...
"Well, it's a sign. I need to start doing something."
I love these people so much.And I love you people so much, too. (: