I hope it's been a wonderful week for all of you! It certainly has been here; that and interesting, but that's what you get in the Lord's service. :) It was interesting in that we spent quite a bit of time in our apartment. Elder Bensing wasn't feeling well, and after a visit to the doctor on Monday, he was put on bed rest for a couple of days. He continued to not do so well, so that turned into a few days, and Saturday was our first day out and about. Don't worry, though! With the help of wonderful missionaries and members, we were able to arrange some splits and get some good work done. People are the best. :)
On Monday, we were able to meet with Drey, as well as his step-dad, Robert. It was a great lesson, and Robert is a great guy. He had some bad experiences in the past with some other Christian churches, and he wonders about the reasons for the bad things that happen to good people, while the bad people seem to have things made. He has a desire to find out the truth for himself, though, and I think he could very well see the truth for himself. I'm excited to see what happens!
We also saw Cindy for the first time in a while this week, which was great! She definitely sees that she needs to be more diligent in her reading and praying, but I think she has a real desire to be better. We talked a bit about the Word of Wisdom, and she was very accepting of it and is working on it. She has been trying to stop smoking for a while now, and is getting better, but I'm really hoping a greater understanding of the doctrine behind doing that will help her along.
We were also able to see Jody this week! And his divorce went through! So he can get married! And then baptized! He also has some Word of Wisdom issues to overcome, but I think he has the desire he needs to do that. He's a really good guy.
We were also able to see Sesilia with one of our ward missionaries. Her kids weren't there, but it was a good lesson. We talked about the priesthood, and gave her a blessing as well due to a surgery she recently had and the pain it's been causing her. She really felt the Spirit, though she did let us know earlier in the lesson that she doesn't want to be baptized right now because she's already been baptized in the Catholic Church, and thinks that's the only baptism she needs. It was a bit of a surprise when she said that, but we're hoping to help her see the necessity of authority in performing saving ordinances. It's a big deal!
This week in district meeting, we talked about using the scriptures in our teaching, and how important it is that we study and gain a testimony of the scriptures ourselves. One thing that I've especially been thinking about is "likening". 1 Nephi 19:23 talks about Nephi teaching his brothers from Isaiah, and he says, "for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning." When we learn to apply the scriptures to ourselves, that's when scripture study and knowledge really becomes valuable and blesses us as it's supposed to. After all, the Book of Mormon was written for us, and it's up to us to see how that's true. I definitely know that's true, and I definitely know I need to be better at seeing that.
Thank you all so much for your support and examples! Being a missionary is hard sometimes (duh) and it means a lot to know that I have wonderful friends and family who are always there and who are praying for me. You're in my prayers, too. Have a great week! Be good! Have fun!
I love you all so much!