Sister Denton's Marvelous Mission: 9/19/11- Letter to the World

Monday, September 19, 2011

9/19/11- Letter to the World

Haha...funny story

I'm sitting in the library and there are these two boys behind me at another computer doing some sort of financial chart.  I've not heard pretty much any of their conversation until just now--"The profit is not gross."  Haha...that may be true, but what I heard was, "The prophet is not gross!"  Ahh, joys of being completely surrounded by the gospel.   Another sister just showed me a letter from home about her return missionary brother--apparently he's having trouble socially because he can't have a conversation without bringing up the gospel.  Pretty sure I'm going to have that problem.  Just sayin'.

Okay.  Well Hello World!  I hope all is going well!  It's been a FABULOUS week!

It was my debut at early morning seminary!  We got to teach "How to teach the Plan of Salvation to your friends."  It was fun!  Sis. Mcdaniel, the teacher, took us out to The Waffle House afterward.  Yum!  We went to play Ultimate, but I was SO tired, so I took a nap in the grass and used a tree root as my pillow.  Did you know tree roots have sap on them too.  Ya.  'Twas a good nap though!  We met some great people who we'll hopefully be able to teach!

We got a new investigator--Leonel from India.  We had met him tracting and taught him on campus.  He believes in all Gods, but is willing to learn more!  We went to teach Sis. Rich the Word of Wisdom, but she is still adamantly Baptist.  She's also pretty busy, so she said we can drop by in November.  We got to have dinner at Susanna 's house.  I love her family!  Then we went to teach the Rojas's with Sis. Skinner and her almost missionary son, but the Rojas's baby was sick, so we had to reschedule.  We tracted more of the trailers there for the rest of the night.

We were able to teach Caden with a newly returned missionary, so that was fun!  They got along pretty well.  We also taught Alan--a new investigator from China.  He is so sweet!  His grandmothers are both Christian, so he's interested!  Love it!  We were going to have dinner at home, but President and Sister Topham called and invited us out to dinner.  Texas Roadhouse!  Yah!  It was nice to get to talk with them more.  They are really amazing!

ZONE CONFERENCE!!  Best day of the week!  It was incredible.  President Topham talked about his vision for the mission--Continual Improvement.  It was great.  He focused on just stepping it up each transfer--leaving the area better, the relationships with the ward better, and your own Christlike attributes improved.  The Area Psychologist and his wife spoke and also did a great job.  The highlight for me was the Assistants.  First of all, they are two of my favorite missionaries--my first District Leader and first Zone Leader.  Second of all, they're just awesome!  They both shared some things that Elder Jay E. Jensen had shared when he visited Pittsburgh.  Elder Nielsen spoke on recognizing revelation, which is something I've always struggled with.  He talked about how even a passing thought to do something good can be from the Spirit.  He shared an experience of being prompted to invite someone to be baptized.  They said yes, but he said that even if they hadn't, he would've known the Spirit had instructed him to.  I think that's awesome!  He said it's impossible for us, as humans, to have a thought to do something good without it being revelation.  Awesome!  Elder Densley was next and he spoke about the 6 M's of Missionary Work--Mission President, Missoinary, Message, Media, Methodology, and Members.  He focused on the last one and asking for referrals.  He made this chart that laid out how to ask for referrals in a completely new way to me.  It was AWESOME!  After Zone Conference, both of us sets of sisters were recorded for the mission video.  That night we had dinner with the Wesleys--one of my favorite families.  We tried asking for referrals the Elder Densley way and it worked!!  They started listing all sorts of people they could ask!  It was AWESOME!  Man, I love being a misisonary!

We taught a potential named Ponce.  We didn't get a solid return appointment, but hopefully we'll be able to see him again in a couple of weeks.  He's awesome.  We went to an appt that wasn't there and then came back to teach Kalea.  I just love Kalea!  She is so amazing.  I really hope I'm able to see her baptized!  We went to Ashworth to follow up with some people and then our Ward Mission Leader picked us up to go out to the Ward Missionaries' house for a dinner/meeting.  'Twas great!  We closed it up by teaching Shaun--another awesome Recent Convert.

Another AWESOME day!  After Branch Correlation, we tracted some and then went to Donnie's house.  We received a text from Donnie this week that basically said, "My friend said you were in the area and I want to learn about your church.  Here is my address."  Awesome!  So we went over.  He is Muslim and his friend Matthew is Hindu.  They basically just asked us questions and said they'd call us if they had more.  We stocked them with pamphlets and headed on our way.  Next we got to teach Levi--another Chinese investigator.  He speaks very little English, but wants to learn!  He came to Elder Oak's fireside last Sunday and we asked him what he thought.  He said he didn't understand anything.  We asked him how he felt and he gave us the thumbs up sign.  We told him it was the Spirit!  We taught a very simple Plan of Salvation and invited him to church again.  We did just meet a member who speaks Chinese in the other ward, so we're definitely going to use him!  All four sisters went to dinner with the Becks and it was wonderful as always.  Next was the best part of the day--the baptism!  It was an 8-yr-old girl, but every baptism is amazing.  Kalea came, and the Spirit was just so strong!  It reminded me of my baptism.  The opening song was even "When I am Baptized," which I sang with some of my cousins at my baptism.  It almost always makes me tear up.  Kalea really enjoyed it and also had some questions about temples (the closing song was "I Love to See the Temple").  Wonderful day!

Yesterday was great as well!  Church until 3:30 and studies until dinner.  All four sisters went to the Harrison's.  They are SO fun!  He's new in the branch presidency, so it was good to get to know them better.  And for all of you cooks out there, google "pioneer woman cooks."  She's apparently amazing and based on dinner, it's true!  We had "Chicken Spaghetti"--an amazing casserole dish.

Well, the work goes on ever more!  It's true, ya know?  I love the Book of Mormon.  I love the Prophet Joseph and know that he's a prophet.  I can't wait to meet him!  I know that Thomas Monson is a prophet and I can't want to hear his words, along with the Apostles, this weekend (RS General Session) and next.  Start now to write down questions for conference!  I did it last session and literally every single question was answered.  It's amazing!  God knows us individually and loves us.  This is His church and I get to share it with others!  "Shall we not go on in so great a cause?"

Love ya!

Sister Denton

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