Monday, November 14, 2016

Powell is Cool

Hey everyone!

This week was great! It seriously flew by. 

I will highlight one of the many miracles we saw this week. So our ward has been fasting for growth. This includes reactivating less actives, finding new converts, and more member families moving in. We had a lesson with a returning member on Monday night following the ward fast. She simply prayed for us to find people who are ready for the gospel. During that prayer, our phone vibrated! We checked it after the lesson and it was a media referral. A guy named Leonard wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon! We were so excited. We felt like we should contact him the next evening. We stopped by his house Tuesday night and it was very dark. We thought nobody was home, but we tried anyway. We waited a little bit after the first knock then tried again. A little bit later some lights flipped on and he answered the door! He couldn't talk a lot then, but we were able to briefly explain the Book of Mormon and extend baptism. He said he would be baptized when he felt the Book of Mormon was true! Sadly his return appointment for the next day got cancelled because of something that came up for him. We also haven't been able to get in contact with him since. We have been praying so intently that he will get back in contact with us so we can follow up. He is way too prepared to just be dropped. I'm so thankful for the faith of ward members and others. We know this miracle is because of them!

Scripture of the week thanks to a member....
Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
She thinks the Bible was miswritten. It should say "Blow ye the [Trump Pence] in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 
Hahaha yes, we've heard all about the elections. Almost everyone we talk to brings it up.

Another funny story this week. We volunteer at this nursing home almost every week. We've been playing games with them like wheel of fortune and hangman and stuff. We were trying to get this one lady to guess the word "water". We gave her some hints. We said "what's something that you drink?" She said "well, not alcohol!!" We laughed and asked "what do you shower with?" And she said "well, not people! ....usually." Ah hahaha it was so funny. Finally another person guessed it. 

This week I finished the Book of Mormon again! I've got a good system down where I finish it every 12 weeks. I decided I wanted to read it one more time before the end of the year. This time through I'm focusing on the things people do that bring them closer to Christ. I've seen a lot of patterns. I'm excited to follow their example by keeping the commandments, praying often, humbling myself, etc. I love the Book of Mormon!

Today was nuts!! District activity was fun. We played sports and stuff all together. Then we deeeep cleaned the car in preparation for car checks at zone conference! Then we went to the ZOO!!!!!! A member had a pass and got us in for free. There were about 2 other people in the whole place and the weather was perfect. Then we got some ice cream. They have graham canyon here but it's called graham central station. So good. Now we only have a few minutes to email so this will be short and I probably won't be able to email anyone back.. sorry! Maybe next week.

But.. I love you all. Thanks for the support and love.  
Sister Barnes

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