Week 64 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Today marks 100 days left! Good grief I am going to be home so soon! I’m doing a Scripture Mastery countdown! (Since there is 100) It’ll be nice to study them in more detail. Maybe I’ll try to memorize them again…
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to Dad, Kyle and Sean! And to all of the other fathers out there!
This week was really good!
One of the best moments for me was church yesterday! Rita and Gemma came to church!!! I can’t even explain what that means to me! I can’t even imagine how Heavenly Father feels about it! I can’t remember what I’ve said about her and Gemma in past emails so I’ll just start from the beginning. We’ve been working with Rita since I got here. Back in February she was really hard to get in contact with her and she would sometimes cancel appointments or not be home. When we were able to teach her she would get really shy about saying the opening or closing prayer and it was uncomfortable for her. She didn’t even know where her scriptures were! She hadn’t been to church for 19 years! One night, a while back, her daughter Gemma showed up and we talked with her and she told us that she had been thinking about coming back to church. She hadn’t been since was a teenager. Now she is in her 30’s. We asked Gemma if we could start meeting with her so we all decided that we would have lessons with both Rita and Gemma. We did that for a while and Rita slowly but progressively got more comfortable with gospel discussions and keeping commitments that we gave her. Gemma started reading the Book of Mormon straight away and was more than willing to come to church. She came a couple of times and enjoyed it. We then started meeting with them separately because they were at different stages. Anyway, long story short, we have ALWAYS invited Rita to come to church but something would always come up. She told us that she wanted to but it was HER that was holding her back. So over time, Rita started reading the Book of Mormon and now she is reading it EVERYDAY! She is learning so much and is remembering the gospel of Jesus Christ. She prays every lesson and her and Gemma have connected on a whole new level! More of a spiritual relationship. Sister Larsen and I decided we would stop talking about church so much and just keep encouraging her to read and pray. Then yesterday they both walked into Sacrament together!!!! I was sooo happy!!! I ran straight over and grabbed Rita and gave her a BIG hug! She said “I’m so nervous!” But she had a HUGE smile across her face. I sat by them during Sacrament meeting and I could feel the spirit so strongly. I could tell that they could feel Heavenly Father’s love for them. It was such a sweet experience. Afterwords, EVERYONE came up to Rita and just hugged her. They were so happy to have their sister back.
Our stake President was there and gave a really great talk about looking up. We are too often looking down and not Heaven word! He told a story about bird feeders in their back garden. Him and his kids put it up the other day and while they were filling up the feeders some of the seeds fell to the ground. They went inside to watch and to their surprise, the birds came only moments later and started pecking at the seeds on the ground. President Yates said “I so badly wanted to tell the birds to Look up!! There was a whole feast just waiting for them!” He said that our Heavenly Father has provided us EVERYTHING! Even more than we realize. We need to look heaven word and partake of all of the blessings that are in store for us.
President Brown will be here net week! He is coming to meet with Evelyn and then he and Sister Brown are speaking in our Sacrament meeting. The ward leaders are excited for his visit. I’m excited to have him in the Kilmarnock ward! It should be really great!
The Birchams are moving today! They are moving into a house that needed/still needs a lot of work done to it. We’ve helped them paint a couple of times and it has been really fun! One day Sister Larsen, Pamela and I went into Pamela’s room and discovered it was wallpapered. I peeled a piece off then we all just looked at each other and got the same idea.Then for the next hour we stripped all the wallpaper off! It was sooo fun! It reminded me of our house 🙂
We visited sweet Sister Hamilton on Saturday as usual and she gave Sister Larsen and I perfume! She is so good to us. She just told us to go into her cupboard and pick which one we wanted! haha she takes really good care of us. We really wanted her and Evelyn to meet so we had a lesson at Sister Hamiltons house. Her and Evelyn got along so great!! Sister Hamilton gave Evelyn a box of chocolate biscuits and said “we can be friends forever now” haha so cute!
Evelyn is doing really well! We’ve started teaching her at members homes and it has really made a difference. It is good for her to get out of her house. We’ve finished teaching her all of the required lessons so now we will most likely start over until she gets baptized! Her date is still the 28th but we MIGHT have to push it back because she is still smoking. Nicotine is so vicious!!!!
Last conference, Sister Brown talked a bit about Family History and gave us permission to do Family History for an hour every Wednesday! (I think I’ve mentioned this before) Anyway, we were given the “My Family” booklet and we have to have it filled out by the end of the month. It is so much fun! Sister Larsen and I have been spending time with Sister Minchin (Family History missionary) and Sister Reilly (Family History consultant in the ward) doing indexing and other Family Search practice. Plus we’ve been filling out our booklets. It’s good fun and Sister Larsen and I are super excited to do more work when we are home! It is also making me realize how much I don’t know about my family! That is why we need to do it! Sister Larsen and I have come to realize that Satan is attacking the family even more now. When we talk to people about researching their ancestors they say it isn’t necessary or that they aren’t interested to know where they came from or who their ancestors are. It is a really sad thing! There is soooo much work to be done for our ancestors. We have temples for a purpose. I desire so much to be with my family for eternity and I hope that all families can be together forever. Do family history work! It’s fun I promise 🙂
Last Monday I ate liver!! AHH! Lamb liver. It was…. interesting. Funny texture and taste but it was still good. I don’t think I’ll ever have the desire to eat it again but it was good for a one time thing haha. We had it at Dave and Ruth’s. They feed us every Monday.
Sister Larsen and I are doing great! I love her so much! We are already planning trips together! hahah too soon?? There was a day this week that I wasn’t feeling too well and had to stay in the flat for most of the day. Sister Larsen took such good care of me! She made me a hot rice bag out of one of her socks, massaged my back and gave me lots of ice cream! haha she’ll be a good mom. We also watched Legacy! Good movie about pioneers but we didn’t realized how much kissing was in it! hahaha gotta love it.
Today we are both getting hair cuts! We are soooo excited!! I need it so badly! It has been almost 8 months since I last got it done! haha it is just too long now… So I’m cutting off like 5-7 inches! I’ll send before and afters next week! 🙂
Read the second half of Alma 51:33…. that is mission life!!!! hahahaha!
I love you all so very much! I hope you all have a good week! You are in my prayers every day!
Love Sister Jones
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