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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

If you're not winning, you're learning August 8, 2016

That's a quote from one of the new Meet the Mormon videos at a
visitors center near you!

Hey y'all. The most insane thing happened at the end of last week's
district meeting, a lady walked into the room and said she passes the
church almost every day but it's always locked. She asked if she could
learn more about our church and wants to start going and I think all
of us almost fell out of our seats!

Something I've learned and am still trying to learn on my mission is
to follow through with promptings - without delay! On exchanges with
Sister Strong we were about to drive out of a parking lot when we saw
a man sitting on the curb and felt like we should go back and talk
with him! The man's name was James and it turns out that his brother
had just passed away the day before and he was grateful we came to
talk with him and share an uplifting message about Jesus Christ with
him. He said he never cries and he started to when we were there with
him because he could feel the Spirit.

We had a mission wide finding activity on Thursday night from 6:00 to
9:00. The goals were to invite 1 person to be baptized, hand out 2
BOMs, and share the Restoration 3 times. There are about 90
companionships in the Nebraska Omaha mission, and even the rainstorms
and TWELVE mini tornadoes around the area couldn't stop us. As a
whole, we invited 109 people to be baptized, handed out 281 BOMs, and
shared the message of the Restoration 308 times in just three hours!

One last miracle: The day after Christmas I took a family on tour and
got one lady's information because she was interested in learning
more. Lo and behold, she lives in the Eagle Run area but the
missionaries here haven't really been able to get a hold of her. We
stopped by her house last night and she and her husband were home!
Their names are Kojo and Gwyne and they are the nicest people I've
ever met! They're Baptist and have a strong belief in Jesus Christ and
are really intrigued by what we had to share that they invited us back
for next Sunday! At the end of the lesson I asked Kojo who he wanted
to say the prayer because it was his house. He said we were more than
just guests now and that their home was now ours too and that I could
say the prayer. Wow I love them.

Have a gorgeous week. :)

Sister Irwin

Rare photo evidence of me driving Sister Strong on exchanges!
Sweet 15 year old Ashley that I took on tour and we talked for over an hour
Gaga for Gaga's piano

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