Monday, May 6, 2013

Washington Iowa Week 2

Wow! What a crazy week! I am so grateful for what has happened so far and for all of the love that this area has shown me.  Time is weird, some days it seems like they take forever and somedays seem like really short.
On Saturday we had a mission conference with  all 235 missionaries that are in our mission as well as Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Edward Dube of the First Quorum of the Seventy and with Elder Michael J. Reall of the Seventy in attendance.   And we got to shake hands with all of them!  For those of you who aren't super familiar with the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  the prophet is the head, then the first presidency, then the quorum of the 12 apostles, then the presidency of the seventy, and then the other quorums of the 70 so these people are pretty high up there and it was great.
One thing of many that stood out to me during the mission conference was "Do you love your companion? Do you love your area?  When you do, miracles will happen"
I am so happy to hear that because I love my companion and my area.  Things are hard but so worth it and the people here are great.
The members in this branch are so great!  They all really want to help and they have been doing all they can but right now it seems like they don't know of a structured way to help.  In 2 weeks we will be doing a lesson during one of the hours of church to talk about how the members who are the permanent missionaries in the area can not only help their non member friends gain more understanding about their beliefs, but also how they can help the full time proselyting missionaries in their area with the finding, fellowshipping and retaining of the investigators and potential new members of the area.  It will be great because they are already doing a wonderful job with helping those who come feel welcome and loved and now we will be able to also increase sacrament meeting size, which has been pretty big lately which is great!  We were going over numbers and we had one week with 99 people there, we almost had a 100 day!!! We are really close to needing to open up the overflow and I know that everyone is really excited about the growth in the area.  This new program/guideline will help to increase that as well as help others who have fallen out of habit of coming return.
  This last week we had a few miracles, one of which was one of our recently inactive members who has now come to church the last 3 weeks brought a friend to church with her.  Her friend is not a member of the church but she supports her friend and it was so great!  Her friend said she wanted to learn more so we will be setting up an appointment with her soon and she even bore her testimony during one of the classes and her testimony was so strong!  It was amazing!
We also got a new car that is literally fresh off the lot, it only had 158 miles on it so it's super new and I like it a lot.
Anyway, I love you all!
Hermana Bricker

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