Tuesday, December 3, 2013

So much to be Thankful for!

What a week this has been! Sister Boone and I are so blessed, and experiencing miracles each day. Thursday, we spent just visiting members. We were blessed to have dinner with the Willsons. They are such an awesome family. Bro. and Sis. Willson are ward missionaries, and do so much to help us. Anyway, we went there and Sis. Willson had made a full thanksgiving feast. It was so delicious, and even better, I felt like I was with family. I am serving in such an incredible ward with equally incredible people. The Willsons even invited their next door neighbor, who is not a member. We all ate together, and later we shared a message about gratitude from President Monson's october 2010 conference talk. It was a wonderful afternoon.
Our investigators are doing incredible!
We have seen Mick 3 times in the last 3 days, and he is progressing quickly toward his baptism on the 21st. He is so prepared! All 3 times we've seen him this week, he has referred to himself as a member already. For example, he had asked where the name "mormon" came from, so we explained briefly. He then asked, "what do WE prefer to be called?" Seriously, we are so blessed to be teaching him. He came to church yesterday, for the second time, and loved it, and the members are really reaching out and fellow shipping him, which has been instrumental. Mick has been reading from the Book of Mormon, but has a hard time understanding or relating to it, and said that he felt nothing when he read the first chapter. His desire to learn and gain a testimony are great, so we pray that Heavenly Father will help him recieve revelation as soon as possible. Please pray that he will be able to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and be baptized on the 21st!
Julie (Angie's Sis-in-law) is also doing miraculously well. We went to her place this week, and when we sat down, we saw that she somehow had gotten a copy of the baptismal interview questions from Angie, and had been studying them! We hadn't even set a solid date for her baptism. We were so excited. Other than a couple of the commandments, she didn't have any questions or concerns. We were able to have a great discussion about baptism, and faith, and repentance, and set a date for December 28th. We will be teaching her a stop smoking workshop this week, and she really wants to quit. She is so strong, and excited, so we have faith that she will be able to. If all goes well, she and Angie will be baptized on the same day! Angie is also doing well. She just needs to quit drinking coffee. Please pray for them!
Brandy is doing well, but has not been to church, and we haven't been able to teach her for a couple weeks, so we need a miracle here. Her desire is huge, and she is excited, just so busy. Please pray that we'll be able to teach her soon, and that she might make her baptismal date on the 21st.
We have been so busy each and every day, which is awesome. We are so excited for each of our investigators, and are working to ensure that we can help them prepare for baptism! Heavenly Father loves them so much, it is such an incredible thing to feel as we teach and testify to them of the Gospel. I truly feel so indebted to my Father in Heaven for all that He is letting me help Him do! Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. I am so supported by them!

Much Love,
Sister Monroe

 A package from my Aunt Shawna, thank you SO much! 

 A surprise Christmas package from Mama Reynolds. Holy cow, she is amazing.
There was even doubles of quite a few things for my companion! We are sure grateful.

 Thanksgiving dinner! Yum! (She even sent us home with plenty of leftovers.)

 We drove over the Cedar River on our way to district meeting in Waverly. It was gorgeous!

We got Angie a couple little gifts to help her quit coffee! ;)

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