Monday, March 16, 2015

Week 33: I'm in Maine!!!

Hey everyone!
Transfers were last Tuesday and now I'm in Augusta, ME! Our area is Augusta and a couple neighboring towns, but we're actually part of the Farmingdale Ward. My new companion is Sis. Bee! She is from Tremonton, UT and has been out for almost 5 months. She is so awesome and so cute! We work so well together and I just love her! She is seriously an answer to my prayers and I feel so blessed to get to serve with her!

So I remembered my notebook today yay! And I want to share with you my notes from the big mission conference a couple weeks ago cause it was just too awesome!

Elder Grant Bennett 
-the church is a lifelong leadership training program
-we all have the Holy Ghost as our tutor and the scriptures are our textbook
-you can't fail if you're built on the rock of the gospel

Bishop Causse
-when you've made covenants, then an invitation from the Lord becomes a command (Alma 5:62)
-a covenant is an eternal yes to the Lord
-transformation happens when we benefit from the Atonement

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom
-the Holy Ghost is the ultimate teacher
-church meetings are for instruction and edification on how we should act (D&C 43:8)
-teach so that people have a desire to be lifted up
-when you are humble enough to change, then the spirit can be the true teacher
-"faith is a principle of action and power" Joseph Smith
-you can receive answers during church meetings if you are faithful (D&C 44:2)
-you can know that you are feeling the spirit if you have the desire to repent
-always sings hymns in church so that you don't deny yourself from feeling the spirit
-do not miss opportunities to feel the spirit!
-the Lord will love you forever
-when you know who you are, you will never think about quitting
-don't let anything conflict with you ability to receive revelation
-we all have access to the Atonement and can be whole

So yeah mission conference was pretty awesome! And then this weekend we had stake conference so I want to share some of my notes from that too!

-the best way to teach the gospel is by example
-we all can be angels to help bear others up (D&C 84:88)
-trials bring conversion
-if you haven't felt the Holy Ghost is your life, then you're not applying the Atonement
-the strength of the church starts in the home
-you don't have to be a full-time missionary to receive full-time blessings from the Lord
-conversion=the desire to do good continually
-conversion is not just a change of belief, but a change of attitude
-those that are truly converted to the Savior and His gospel will never fall away
-a testimony is to know and feel, conversion is to do and become
-as we come to know the Savior, we will have the desire to change and to share it with others
-the Book of Mormon 1) helps us know Christ 2) gives us hope 3) helps us be wise 4) teaches us of God's love and patience 5) gives us a knowledge of the Restoration

Yay stake conference! Okay so Sis. Bee and I had some really sweet miracles yesterday! We saw this couple, Elizabeth and Brandon. The sisters before me have stopped by their apartment multiple times, but haven't been able to have a lesson with both of them. So last night we showed them the "Because of Him" video, and then the rest of the lesson was totally by the spirit! We started talking about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and the spirit was just so strong! Elizabeth and Brandon are so prepared to receive the gospel, it's so awesome! We invited them to read the Book of Mormon and they accepted! We're seeing them again in a couple weeks and I'm super excited! I'm not doing a very good job at describing this awesome lesson with them haha, but it's times like those that make me love being a missionary and help me know that this really is the Lord's work. 

After Elizabeth and Brandon, we decided to tract for a little bit. We did a few houses and then it was getting late and kinda dark. But we decided that we would do one more house. A man answered the door and he was on the phone. He knew that we were Mormons and he said that his girlfriend is a Mormon. Turns out that his girlfriend (Peggy) is a less-active in the ward and he was on the phone with her when we tracted into him! Sis. Bee talked to Peggy on the phone for a minute, and Peggy said that her boyfriend needs the gospel and she wants him to meet with the missionaries! Holy cow! I am so grateful that we knocked on his door! We're going to talk with Peggy this week and see if we can meet with her and her boyfriend soon. I feel like huge miracles are on their way!

Well we gotta get going! I hope you all are doing well and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Love you all!
Love, Sister Harper

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