Thank you to the ward for making my mom's 50th birthday so special!! Mom, I was thinking about you all day!! Somehow Skype even informed me that it was your 50th.... I found that funny. Anyways...
Something interesting I heard in my mission... soon they will be allowing us to teach friends and family back home via Facebook. I'm praying to know if there is anyone I should share with back home...but if there is anyone you would suggest, let me know. Speaking of, you are allowed to follow my missionary facebook account. Do NOT add me as a friend, just select to follow me. Also do NOT comment or like anything I say or post. Honestly, I don't post much to my Facebook so I think it would be really lame to follow me, but you CAN if you want. Sister-Elise Griffin is my name on Facebook.
Funny / crazy story first. It deals with Sister D.
We saw Sister D in our iPads as a less active that had been taught before. So we go to the house, ask if it's Sister D. She says yes and that we can come back another time. Sweet! We end up calling Sister D to set up an appointment, show up, and we visit with her for a short bit, discuss when she joined the church, etc.. We also saw Sister D at WalMart and talked with her, etc..
A couple weeks pass by and we stop by again. A man answers the door this time and tells us that Sister D doesn't live there and that she moved away several months ago. Say what?!? We visited Sister D just a couple weeks ago!! So we're confused.
We call Sister D. We find out Sister D has in fact moved! Confusion. We visit the new address.
TOTALLY DIFFERENT LADY!!!! But this is the real Sister D.
Sooooooo who was the lady CLAIMING to be Sister D?!?
We go back to the old house. Her name is Sister W. Why she went along being called Sister D is beyond me. BUT she is also another less-active and she just moved here recently from Utah. And she wants her records transferred her and would accept home and visiting teachers. Sweet!
What are the chances that house having two less-actives live in it consecutively?
But just want to say, it took us all of last transfer and a couple weeks into this transfer to get the story finally straight.
Oh, the real Sister D is now technically in the other ward... another referral to hand over to the elders..
End of funny / crazy story.
Start of exciting news.
Today is our 17 y.o.'s baptismal interview! Baptism is scheduled on Saturday. He went to Seminary once this week! AND he went to the Tuesday night basketball thing that the wards do here. And he loved both. Dunno if he'll keep waking up for Seminary, but the Seminary teacher is this awesome guy in the ward that invited him to basketball. He'll be a great fellowshipper for both the 17 y.o. and the dad :)
The mom, BTW, is awesome. The lesson in RS was about visiting teaching. At the end of the lesson, she went up to the RS President and asked how she could become a visiting teacher!! Can you say every RS President's dream come true?? The mom is so great, she really wants to become active and have the gospel as a constant in their lives.
ALSO, this family has TONS of relatives here in Butte. Almost all are less-active. So we are going to be doing a LOT of inviting to see if we can get some relative here to feel the spirit.
End of exciting news. I guess. There are other exciting things, but that'd take forever. Thus I just give all y'all the highlights. Oh the stories you'll hear when I get home... just kidding, I'm teasing ya.
OH we'll be moving this week. Us and the other missionaries in Butte have so much work, and Whitehall has so little work. So the Whitehall elders will be living part in Whitehall and part in Butte. So they'll live where we've been living and we'll move into an apartment that is owned by members. It's right next to the fro-yo place. I'm guessing money is going to be tight this month.... #fro-yo addict.
Just kidding, I have more self-control than that.
Okay, start of something I learned this week.
Remember how I asked, "What's the difference between the law of consecration and the law of sacrifice?"
Well, I got a good answer this week! I don't know that I'll be able to explain it clearly though... it just makes sense in my head.
Essentially it comes down to will.
With sacrifice, you are giving of your things. You are giving of things God has already blessed you with. So at that point, you're just giving back what Heavenly Father's seen fit to impart to you.
With consecration, you are giving of YOU. Your will, your wants, your desires. You aren't just giving of things. It's truly the higher law. Because your mind & heart (symbolically, I'm not talking physically) is something that is uniquely yours, and giving of your desires is much greater than giving of your things.
Makes sense in my mind. We discussed this in our zone training & it's also something I learned from reading "The Fourth Missionary". I know SOMEONE told me to read the Fourth Missionary before I left on my mission.... but I unfortunately didn't get around to it until now.
Second epiphany this week.
I was looking around the Butte 2nd Relief Society this week... Almost every single one of them were converts at a later age OR they had been reactivated. I then recalled how much of the ward was like that too. How important the work of salvation is! My goodness.
People do get prepared to return to the gospel, they really do. And I was just thinking about all of these people being rescued and how ultimately, we are all being rescued. By Christ, our Savior. None of us are entirely Christlike, and so we are ALL being rescued from the natural man as we work towards those perfect attributes of Christ.
And, of course, all of us would be fallen if it were not for the Atonement.
2 Nephi 25:23 - "for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do"
Oftentimes in this scripture we focus on our part, on "after all we can do".
But in the end, we cannot be saved, we cannot be rescued, without Jesus Christ.
All attempts to live a good, fulfilling, uplifting life would be at naught without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the cross, ending with his resurrection.
But Christ cannot rescue us in our sins, or against our will.
So we must learn to sacrifice and then consecrate ourselves that Christ may rescue us.
End of what I learned this week.
And end of letter, this is long enough.
Miss and love you all!!
<3, Sister Elise Griffin