Hope you're all doing well! So one thing from the MTC that I forgot to tell you is that Sister Dastrup and I were Sister Training Leaders. It's basically like being a Zone Leader and helping out your district and the new districts that come in a week after you. So yeah that was fun.
This week was pretty good at the beginning and then kinda crummy but then really good again! We had Panera for lunch last Monday and Panera is seriously so good! Then Tuesday we taught a less active couple about tithing. The wife didn't want to pay, because she didn't think she had enough faith to pay. But we talked about how we have to exercise our faith and then The Lord will bless us. So now they're on board with paying tithing! We also taught one of our recent converts, Maria. She is just the cutest ever! We talked about having faith and enduring with patience. We showed her this Mormon Message (http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=911104781001). It's so cute and you all should watch it!
Wednesday and Thursday we did service at the Haven (the food shelf) and that was super fun! On Thursday we went tracting in Hanover by Dartmouth and it was raining so that wasn't super fun, but I gave away my first Book of Momon! I was so excited! We gave it to this cute little Asian family and they said they would read it. We hope they'll call us soon with questions, but we're gonna go back in a couple weeks and check up on them!
Then Thursday-Saturday pretty much all of our appointments cancelled on us. And one of our potential investigators dumped us! She texted a few hours before we were going to meet with her and she said that she didn't want to meet with us and didn't want to be Mormon anymore. So heartbreaking! She doesn't even know what she's missing out on! The past couple days have been so frustrating! Satan is working so hard on the people in our area and I don't like it! But Sis. Turley and I are determined to find new investigators this week! We can do it!
So yesterday I had an amazing personal study! It helped me so much, especially after a couple discouraging days. I just turned to where I had left off the day before in The Book of Mormon and started reading. I read in 3 Nephi 21-22. Chapter 21 talks about the Restoration and Joseph Smith. And then I read verse 10 and it spoke to me to strongly! Its says, "But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil." Wow! Heavenly Father looks out for his missionaries so much! I love the part about His wisdom being great than Satan's. Like I said, Satan has been working hard on this area, but Heavenly Father has a much greater plan for us.
Then I read chapter 22:4 which says, "Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame..." So powerful! And then verse 7 says, "For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee." And verses 10-11 say, "For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay the foundations with sapphires." These scriptures were exactly what I needed! It helped me so much and has lifted my spirits! Yes missionary work is super hard! But it's so rewarding! And yes Sis. Turley and I are serving in a difficult area, but I know that Heavenly Father will help us in finding those that are ready for the gospel.
So New England has a really weird accent. They add r's to words that don't need them (arear, idear, Utahr, Almer=Alma) and they drop r's from words that need them (cah=car, Concud=Concord). So in my very first lesson last week the lady was asking me my name and I said Sis. Harper, and she said, "Oh Sis. Hahpuh!" So yeah that's fun. And then everyone says "all set" all the time. Instead of saying I'm good, they say I'm all set. And I started saying all set like day 2 in the mission! Crazy! Also New England has this great sandwich called a Fluffernutter. It's peanut butter and marshmallow fluff and it's oh so good! And if you want to make it even better, you do peanut butter, fluff, and nutella! (I mean nuteller haha!) Oh my lanta! So good!
Well that's about it for this week! I hope all of you are doing well and loving life! Good luck to everyone going back to school! Watch the Mormon Message and read 3 Nephi! It's awesome! I love you all!
Love, Sister Harper