Wednesday, May 7, 2014

5.5.2014

Good afternoon family!

This past week has been pretty exciting.. Good things are happening here in our area. We have been very blessed to have a new investigator that is progressing quite well. Pam had met with the missionaries once in 2009 and at that point, either got too busy or ended up losing interest. Every once in a while, missionaries had made contact with her, but she was still too busy. Elder May and I felt pretty good about trying her, so we did! Our first time meeting her, I was feeling pretty sick and it was a cold day.. As we talked to Pam, we found out she was having problems with one of her feet, so we offered to shovel her driveway/sidewalk. She told us that she wouldn't ask us to do that, so we asked "hypothetically, if we shoveled it, would you be upset?" She of course, said no, so we shoveled her driveway and got her phone number to get in contact and set something up. I may have mentioned this last week, but she had something crazy happen where she ended up going in the hospital for a few weeks and we lost contact. Luckily, we got in contact with her again and things are matching up with her schedule. We've had some good lessons with her and set up to do a church tour with her this past week. It went really well!

We got to the Church before hand and got things set up. We turned the lights on, got the heat going, set up the Sacrament trays, and made it look as alive as possible. Pam and a member came and we took them on a tour! We focused a lot on the pictures and answered a lot of Pam's questions. It really stuck out to me how much our Church buildings focus on the Living Christ. Rather than pictures of the crucifixion and Christ on the cross, the pictures are all focused on his teachings and his resurrection. That was a little bit of an eye opener that I hadn't had before. How wonderful is it that we know the most important part of Christ is that he's living rather than his death? It was all a part of God's plan and truly is a joyous gospel!

Toward the end of the tour, we watched the Church movie, "The Restoration". It was really great! I felt the Spirit really powerfully as we talked about the Restoration and then went into the Chapel to talk about the Sacrament. It was a great finale to the tour and the perfect place for all of us to pray together. I really hope that Pam recognized the Spirit as we did the tour and continues to progress.

During our Church tour, Sister Grant was getting her baptismal interview... She is good to go! This Saturday, May 10th, at 6 PM, Sister Grant will be getting baptized! It's going to be a birthday to remember. The best part is that my Birthday this year will be focused on someone else. I don't want it to take away from Sister Grant's special day at all. It'll be good. :) After she had her interview, they came and were a part of the rest of the Church tour. And Brother and Sister Grant are coming to our lesson with Pam tonight! It should be great. We're going to ask Sister Grant to invite Pam to come to her baptism.

Besides that, Elder Wendt and I are doing good. There was an emergency transfer here with the Sisters.. Sister LeBaron was very likely leaving at transfers anyway, but because a Sister got sick she ended up leaving on Thursday. We all met up right before she left and we took a bunch of pictures together. Here we are!


As you can tell, I cut my hair this week... It's short! Sister LeBaron is the one standing next to me and she is now in Binghamton (right by Owego!). I'm sure she's doing great. It just goes to show that you never know what's going to happen in life! You just need to be flexible and do whatever the Lord asks.
Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I love you all. I hope you're doing good and I look forward to "seeing" you later this week. Have a great week!

-Elder Hussey

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