The Spirit Shines Through Darkness

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It’s been raining pretty much every day, which has made for some incredible double  rainbows. We’ve been busy at the sites. I’ve been on tours pretty much the entire time. I’ve had the whole range of people and it makes life super exciting. Lots of families with little kids, pre-missionaries who are so ready to leave, people here on business, the curious people not of our faith, and people who have been waiting their whole lives to come here and see where it all happened.

The adventure of the week happened on Monday. We were serving at the Whitmer Farm and the power went out! The tractor that was plowing the field across the street took out a pole and we were in the dark for most of the day. People kept coming and we gave them old school tours in the dark without the introductory film. It was a good reminder that we don’t need the fancy kiosks, or the kids games, or even the movies here to feel the Spirit. To quote my past mission president, President Francis, “It’s not the sites, because we can feel as much spirit in a trailer, it’s because we are inviting people to Christ.” And there’s really nothing better in the whole world.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

image4Okay, so just the lights part, but THEY’RE PUTTING UP PAGEANT LIGHTS!! When I saw the cranes on the hill I just started screaming and scared Sister Aybar to death. She thought it was an emergency. Nope! Just pageant. I’m slightly excited if you can’t tell.

image1Last week I told you about the lady who ordered a Book of Mormon and wanted to join the church. I told the elders in her area that she was a miracle, and I could tell they were skeptical. The next day I got a text from them saying that she and her husband have a baptismal date for the 17th! They went to church on Sunday and are zooming through the lessons! It’s been incredible to see how the Lord is hastening the work through the internet. Speaking of, I had ANOTHER cool Book of Mormon request. I called Codie up to confirm her request and address and then I asked what interested her in ordering a free Book of Mormon. She said she has a friend that is a Mormon and her friend posted something online, a scripture, that was exactly what Codie needed to hear that day, so she wants to read more! Wow, the power of social media is real and you just never know what great things will come from small and simple posts.

Sunday was Palmyra Stake Conference and it was incredible. A lot of members were called up to bear their testimonies and then Elder Michael T. Dudley spoke and told really neat stories about President Gordon B. Hinckley. The message was to stomp down the weeds of sin in our lives and to gather and plant seeds of goodness. Such a good lesson for everyone at any point of life!

I love being a missionary and I love you all!