South Carolina Columbia Mission

South Carolina Columbia Mission

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!!

Woaha!! Another great week as a missionary! I love it here, and I love all the people that I meet. This week has been really eventful! First off, I hope y'all had a Happy New Year! Today is the first step of a new year. I think we should spend every day trying to be happier and more loving than the last. As a missionary, I am constantly changing and trying to be better; and I am also seeing other people change as well. Nothing brings greater joy to our Savior and Redeemer than us making goals and reaching them!

So the first story I have is when Sister Fox and I went knocking around a less active family that we have been teaching. We parked and I saw this colorful house with toys scattered everywhere, and I thought to myself, “Yes! Faith to Find a Family!", so we go up and knock on the door, and I was kind of off to the side, so Sister Fox started talking. Then the lady says "Oh! I have something for you guys!" She runs back inside and then we heard her husband cleaning up the yard, so we turned to him and asked if he wanted to hear a message about Jesus Christ. He then told us that they were Catholic and he then says "Oh no if anything we are going to try and convert you!" By this time his wife is back with a piece of paper which has Anti-mormon material on it! And then she starts bible bashing us, not even using the same version of the bible that we use! It was so funny! So we just testified of Christ, and after they told us that we were going to hell, we left them. Bless their hearts!! It was so scary, but funny. We laughed about it for the rest of the day.

Next we went to go knock around this referral we received, and we ran into this guy named Tim. We answered the door, and it was my turn to speak, mind you I am real awkward at this! So I asked him if we could share a message about Jesus Christ with him and he then responded with, "Well how long is your message?" And so me, being my awkward self said, "Uhhh I can do it in like 7 minutes" (that’s how long we do role play and practices for); and he goes "Sure b’u i'll be nice and give you 10 minuets! SO FUNNY!!! And the weird part is he let us in! That is really strange! People don’t tend to let us in! I am hoping we can catch him again and he could be a new investigator of ours. Please pray for him!!

Next, we officially scheduled a marriage for Brian and Peticia, and also set a baptismal date which is Febuary 11th. That is after her baby is due! Please pray for them! As well as the other investigators that we have!

So now we have 7 people with a baptismal date Jemilla, Ronya, Delisha, Labrenda, Ashley, Peticia, and Brian. They are all struggling with coming to church, so we are trying to motivate them! Please please pray for them that they may feel a desire to come to church!

I also got to have my first "Southern New Year Meal" They give you Kola (which is a type of nut)- for dollars, black eyed peas for pennies, pork, pasta, corn bread, and sweet potatoes. It was super good! But at first, I was a little skeptical! I love being able to try new things while being out here!
I also found a duper cool scripture, Alma 12:10. All of us on this Earth have done at least one thing right, and that was and is choosing the Plan of Salvation, or the plan of happiness. For that we will all be blessed. This scripture made me think of that! No matter what choices people make, they are children of God who loves them. One thing that we have to get excited about is the fact that we have a Savior who loves us. So think of what y'all can do to give something back to our Savior by showing kindness, going to church, studying the scriptures or even just setting a goal and accomplishing it!

Know I am proud of y'all and I love y'all!
Have a blessed week!!


Sister Lewis

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