Mighty Starvada

Hello everyone,

stratford-grinerThe week started off a little rough for Sister Griner. Because of previous arrangements made the week before, we “tracted into” a member when it was Sister Griner’s turn to do the approach… and the member and I both acted like she was a non-member… and she invited us in for a lesson… haha and proceeded to bombard us with difficult questions until she finally gave in and told my poor companion who she was. I feel a little guilty as a trainer. But she’ll thank me later.

And the week only went up from there! We started teaching Debi’s friend. He’s in love with her and it’s really sweet. Hopefully we can help him get up to her newfound standards of temple marriage for time and all eternity. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure he’s doing this for the right reasons! It’s just one of the greatest joys of missionary work to live vicariously through others’ romances.

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Beautiful Arvada

Wednesday we were working in an area and had tried to visit a less-active member, but she wasn’t home. We had a relief society activity in an hour and weren’t sure what we needed to do with that time. But we had a strange feeling that we should just go to the church and then work around there. So we went, and lo and behold, there was our less-active sitting in her car in the empty parking lot! She had gotten off work and decided to come to the activity an hour early. So we were able to visit with her after all:) I’m so grateful for promptings that seem weird but that make sense when you follow them!

Speaking of the relief society activity, I now know how to make ginormous bows out of huge ribbon. I’m trying to find a way to incorporate that into missionary work.

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Beautiful Arvada

Sunday was the temple dedication! So no missionary in the state of Colorado had any investigators at church because you had to have a temple recommend to get into the building. But besides that it was an absolutely wonderful day:) We were ushers for our stake’s broadcast, so that was fun! We were able to watch the first session of the dedication, including the cornerstone ceremony. President Utchdorf of the First Presidency offered the dedicatory prayer, and it was a really amazing experience. He also talked about the youth cultural celebration (I need to find that on youtube after my mission because it sounds like it was spectacular) and a song they sang called “Fortress of Faith.” He said we are the fortress of faith, but it’s an open fortress because we need to always be helping others enter in and feel the safety and peace that comes through Christ and the ordinances and covenants in His house.

Zone Meeting was on Thursday, and it was amazing! One of my favorite parts was when this was pointed out in Matthew 26:

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Sometimes everything seems pretty hard and we don’t know if we can keep going. But in this, the very hour of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, he went a little further. And we can too if we just let Him help us. It takes some faith, that’s for sure, but we can do it:)

Have a great week!!

Love,

Sister Stratford:)

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