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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The last melon Ocotober 17, 2016

Hey y'all!

I can't believe this is the last week of this transfer and Sister
Preator is already done being trained after tomorrow!! Time is just
flying by. Speaking of time...I'm almost done with my 40 day fast,
which will leaf one more week until I write this fall-owing Monday.

So many amazing things happened this week!

1. Kathy and Scott came to church yesterday!!!! They could only stay
for sacrament but still it was so so awesome that they finally came
because there's been several times we've thought about dropping them
and now they are slowly but surely progressing. :D
2. We had exchanges and I got to be with Sister Hutchison for the whole day!
3. One of our members, Amber, called us randomly and said one of her
son's friends has read the entire Book of Mormon and is ready for
4. We got a media referral (which means she was the one that went on and requested missionaries) to this sweet lady Elizabeth
who's from Sudan! We contacted her at the perfect time because her
neighbor was outside watching her dog and so we got to talk with her
too! We taught the Restoration, gave Book of Mormons, and invited them
both to be baptized all within 30 minutes of each other.
5. We had a fun family home evening with our investigator Michelle and
her three boys about CPR (church, pray, read), and they should be
coming to both the relief society activity and trunk or treat this
6. Sister Bergman and I had a series of fortunate events leading up to
a tour the other day! She was going to go on a tour with her actual
companion but the people wanted to go downstairs for the quilt show,
so her companion just took them and she sat back in first chair. There
was a couple smoking outside the trail center who came into the
entryway and spent a solid amount of time just looking at brochures
(and church pamphlets!). We both felt prompted to go ask them if they
wanted a tour and I'm so glad we did because they said they were
actually just about to head out the other way! Their names were Dewey
and Crystal and they told us they only had a few minutes (they ended
up staying over an hour) so we took them into a theater for the movie.
Sister Bergman and I ended up teaching the entire Restoration in
detail and inviting them to be baptized before we even started the
movie because they were so interested and ready to hear it! I loved
how Crystal commented on the importance of having a sincere heart
after reading them Moroni 10:3-5. It was great. We got their
information and are going to send missionaries to them.
7. Okay, I seriously met the coolest guy ever with Sister Preator the
other day. His name is Stephan and he's been a member of the church
for a little over two years. He told us his life story that went a
little like this: Born Jewish, converted to Christianity at age 16 and
went to an Evangelical church, took a break from religion and became a
spiritualist, turned back to religion and became a monk, came back to
socialization and became a Buddhist, missed God and changed to
Hinduism, ran into Mormon missionaries, and was baptized 12 years
later. Talk about a spiritual journey! Stephan said in all the
religions he tried, he learned truths but always felt like something
was missing. He wanted to know everything fit together. He has 42
tattoos of all the truths he found in each religion, including the
angel Moroni as his last one before getting baptized. The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brought everything together and then
some. His prayers were answered that this was indeed the only true and
complete church that ever has been or ever will be.

I know this truly is the Lord's church restored to the earth with ALL
the truths one's heart could ever desire. It is the source of true
joy! :)

Sister Irwin

P.S. Game night with the fam
P.P.S. Reunited and it feels so good!
P.P.P.S. Our awesome tour with Stephan

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