Hello friends! :) I am currently serving as a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. I'll be emailing home every week for the 18 months that I'm in the Cornhusker state; my amazing mom will be the one posting them on this here blog. Interested in church history? Come on down to the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters and I might just be there to give you a tour!

"As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, January 25, 2016

The no snow no show‏ January 25, 2016

Hey everyone!

Last Tuesday we were supposed to have a lesson with this one guy but
when we knocked on his door no one answered! He clearly saw us through
the window so we tried the doorbell but he still didn't get up. We
decided to borrow some snow shovels and went back to shovel his
driveway. We left a note that said "Love, the Sisters" so we'll try
him another time and see if anything changes! Kill em with kindness.

On Wednesday we watched a worldwide missionary broadcast where we
listened to Elder Anderson, Elder Bednar, Sister Oscarson, and some
other general authorities. It was so cool to think that the other
75,000+ missionaries around the world were watching it at the same
time! Something even more exciting, I saw a few sisters that I was in
the MTC with and my friend Chandler Richardson in the audience! Some
of my favorite things from the broadcast...1. Be an agent, not an
object. 2. All efforts bring blessings. 3. Teaching is more than just
talking; it's observing, listening, and discerning.

Sister Strong and I went over one day to visit the Hale family to get
to know them more and share a quick message with them. When we got
there we found out it was Brother Hale's birthday and they insisted we
come with them to Cracker Barrel for dinner! Afterwards we had
cupcakes to celebrate. :) It was so much fun!

We finally had a lesson with our investigator Lauren!! I think we
found her like my first week and have been briefly keeping in contact
with her but have never been able to sit down and talk until now. The
greatest thing ever is that she's been reading the Book of Mormon this
whole time and she's a little over 1/3 of the way done with it. That
is huge! HUGE! If people read it they are so much more in tune with
the Spirit and ultimately they can come to know that the scriptures
and everything else in the gospel are true because it links it all
together. I love the Book of Mormon so much! Lauren is such an amazing
lady who has been battling cancer for 7 months. Her positive attitude
towards life and faith in God are already solid, I can't wait to see
her come even closer to Christ.

Okay, one last story! It was Saturday night, about 8:30, and we knew
we needed to utilize our last half hour really well. We were planning
on trying a couple potentials from the area book but then a name of a
less active member popped in my head. We looked up her address and
realized she lived about 10 minutes away and didn't think it was worth
it, but I felt strongly like we needed to go! We followed the gps and
it lead us to the right street, however we couldn't find the right
house. We almost turned back but instead went farther up the street
and found an apartment complex with the address! We didn't have a
number for her but we prayed and Sister Strong got the impression we
should try 2417, so we did...and no one answered. Then I distinctly
heard in my head that we needed to knock on the door with the green
doormat. We turned around, and down the hall was a green doormat! We
tried it and met the cutest young couple ever, Chris and Carol! They
were happy we stopped by and we set up an appointment for this coming
week to teach them more! I know without a doubt that we were led to
them because we followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I know that
when we are on the Lord's errand He will always help us know what to
do and where to go, even if it's little by little.

Happy three months! :)

Sister Irwin

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