Monday, March 17, 2014

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!


Mission news first. 
We are now allowed to go to the temple once a transfer so long as we can be back in our areas by 6:00!! It requires us sacrificing our preparation day, but definitely worth it. And we have to find a ride with members since we live more than 50 miles from the Billings temple. But definitely awesome! Also, everyone in our mission now has texting! Before it was only those in leadership. Definitely a blessing. And zone conference is this upcoming Thursday.

Now for our investigator who is on date. I know I probably already talked about how much I've seen him grow and change. The biggest stumbling blocks with him accepting the gospel was first the fact that he didn't believe in Christ and second that he tried to approach everything intellectually and wouldn't pray sincerely. 

Well, we went over last Thursday to teach him obedience, 10 Commandments, Sabbath day, and chastity. The lesson went extremely well - he gave the most perfect answers to the questions we asked - answers that you would kill for. But the most amazing part of this lesson was at the end, when he prayed. 

First, he closed his eyes. When we first came over, he wouldn't close his eyes.
Second, he prayed that his heart could be opened.
He prayed that we all could be able to share the good news of Christ. 
He prayed to not get distracted intellectually, and instead favor practicality.
Anyways, it was an amazing prayer, and so amazing to see that he has grown to believe in Christ. I almost cried, and I'm not really a crier.
Oh, and he's been reading through the Book of Mormon and is already in Mosiah.
And yes, he was in church on Sunday.

Our other awesome lesson was with the stepdad of the 10 year old girl we baptized back in January. In January, he pretty much avoided us. He wasn't rude, but he also didn't exactly want to be taught. Well now he is interested in learning. We had our first lesson with him last Thursday. It was way fun driving clear out there. But that's besides the point. He said he would read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true. He accepted a soft baptismal invite - that he would agree to baptism once he knew it was true. Anyways, it was a really good lesson.



                                                                  Sis. Griffin & Sis. Breaux with their Paczkis

St. Patrick's Day. Any where there is a bar, there are tons of people dressed up absolutely RIDICULOUSLY anddd getting drunk. Most of the bars are in Uptown, and so our zone leaders banned us from going up there. (Unfortunately that's also where the Catholic St. Patrick's church is, so picture some other time). But there's also a bar 1/2 block from our house. We're still not sure if we're going to stay in the whole night or if at some point we will go out but staying in the south end of town.

I'm wearing green. Are you wearing green?
Just to clarify, I usually completely ignore St. Patrick's Day. It's never been a holiday that I consider to be important. I'm just in Butte - the St. Patrick's Day capital of the country - and so that's why I'm being obnoxious about it.
You know how the Easter bunny comes for Easter? And Santa for Christmas? Well, leprechauns come to children in Butte. They mess up the kids' rooms. And, if they're lucky, the leprechaun will leave them a golden coin (dollar coin)

So I'm reading Christ's parables in Matthew, Jesus the Christ, and 3 Nephi. Part of studying these parables talks about how not everyone understands the parables - it's all dependent on your preparation and your heart. And so your degree of preparedness/heart determines your degree of understanding/comprehension. I think this is true for any opportunity of gospel learning. And so I am making it a goal to prepare better for personal study, for church meetings, for zone conferences/zone trainings/district meetings. So invite you all to prepare as well!! Prepare through purposeful prayer, scripture study, having questions in mind, specific study topic, etc..  

That's about it. 
Love you all!

Sister Elise Griffin

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