Have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon?

Hey everyone,

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Me and Sister Griner during a car fast.

First things first, transfers are this week and I’m staying here in Arvada with Sister Griner! This will be my first area where I’ll stay for six months! I’m really glad because I love it here and there are so many good people who need the gospel:)

Whew okay so this week was very busy! Mostly we were running around talking to as many people as we could and passing out Book of Mormons like crazy because we had a goal of how many to give away this transfer, and yesterday was the end of the transfer, and we reached our goal yesterday evening! It’s been a really good thing for us and has helped us find people who are really searching for the gospel, especially this week:) Goals really are a way that we can show Heavenly Father what we want to accomplish, and as long as it’s in line with His will, He’ll help us get there!

We had another car fast last Tuesday, and it was really cool because we met a woman who was walking her dog and it turns out she spends a ton of time at the family history center at one of the LDS church buildings here. And she also knows the members who we lived with last transfer because she took family history classes from one of them at the Arvada community center! So we were already very excited to meet her, and then she told us that she’s always been interested in the Book of Mormon! We were happy to help, and we’ll be seeing her again this week:)

Sister’s P-Day food fight photos:

Oh in other news, I am perfecting the art of turning any political comment into a discussion about the restored gospel. I’m getting pretty good at it.

Debi and her friend came to church yesterday even though Debi was sick and his car wouldn’t start (and the Broncos were playing an early game), so I’d say that’s dedication! It really is so important to come each week and partake of the sacrament and reflect on the Savior and His Atonement.

My testimony of listening grew this week. We had a lesson with an investigator who has a ton of questions, so we just spent some time listening to her talk about the things she’s struggling with and then we were able to answer her by the Spirit. It was an intense, powerful lesson and renewed my commitment to really listen to the people we teach and understand where they’re coming from and love them like the Savior loves them.

Yesterday I played the piano in sacrament meeting! It was an arrangement of “All Creatures of our God and King” and it’s so beautiful. A woman in our ward arranged it actually. She’s one of the most amazing people I know, so I was so glad to be able to play it for her:)

We’re coming up with a transfer goal for handing out Book of Mormons again. It’s amazing to see how this book touches people’s lives, especially mine. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon because it helps me understand my relationship with my Heavenly Father and how to use the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It truly has changed my life and continues to do so every day. I’m so grateful to be able to share that with the people around me:)

I think that’s pretty much it! Arvada is beautiful. Missionary work is beautiful. I love my Savior:)

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Sister Stratford

 

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I know this says Boulder CO, but it could pretty much be Arvada or Denver or anywhere else here too.

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Um Vote For Pedro?

Hey everyone!

p1020731The week started off in an unusual way with Halloween! Since it was p-day, we had a zone Halloween party. Sister Griner brought cupcakes. I brought fake wounds. We walked in and all the elders were playing volleyball and they just started kinda looking over at us in confusion and over the next several minutes they came up one by one just staring and were like, “Wow. That’s gross.” Man it looked so good:) That evening, we had to come in early, so we helped pass out candy and scared little kids with my face. Success.

Tuesday was also unusual but really fun! First we got a new car. 2017 Chevy Malibu, straight from the dealership:) I don’t know how we got it but it’s really cool! It takes the hills and mountains much, much better than the chevy cruz did. Then we had interviews with President Mendenhall, which I always love! He and Sister Mendenhall and amazing and I really think part of the reason I’m in this mission is because of them:)

Also we rescued another bunny from our window well. We’re getting pretty good at this.

Wednesday we went to the temple!! I always love the feeling of peace that is there. One of the sisters in the mission said that at the temple she feels homesick for Heavenly Father. It’s so true! I’ve never felt closer to my Heavenly Father than I have while praying in the celestial room of the temple.

We had a few really good experiences with teaching people on Wednesday too! One of them was with Debi’s friend who wants to be baptized. He loves everything we teach him, but we do need to help him understand the importance of the word of wisdom. So we’re working on that, and I know that the Lord will help him because He always prepares a way for us to keep the commandments!

Friday was pretty eventful. We started off at the Arvada Food Bank which is always fun. Then we bought lunch and went to the nearest church building to eat it. Upon arriving, we realized that there were people there setting up for a party! Okay rewind– a few years ago, a boy named Chris joined the church. No one else in his family did. Then he went on a mission. Two years later, we’re here and hear rumors that he’s coming home from a mission and his mom lives in our ward boundaries. Turns out, we met Chris and his mom and various family members setting up for a homecoming party:) So of course we set our lunch aside and assembled fancy silverware/napkin things for an hour and became best friends with Chris’ grandma! The Lord works in mysterious ways:)

Then we saw our cute 90-year-old part-member couple. They always have little service projects for us to do, like sweeping the porch or trimming the roses. Then we talked to a little elderly lady named Norma who we’ve met before, but she doesn’t remember us. So we just read to her from the Bible and Book of Mormon because she’s losing her eyesight and wishes she could read the scriptures. She’s super sweet, and I love that even though she barely remembers anything, she knows that she loves the Lord:) I want my love for the Lord to be that much a part of my character!

Then we were tracting an apartment complex and felt like we should visit a little family in the ward who lives there. Okay so I’ve been to their place many times, and there’s no reason I should not know where they live. Well, we knocked on what should have been their door, and a random guy answered it. Thankfully, after over a year of being a missionary, I’m getting good at handling unexpected situations. So we taught him the restored gospel and he loved it! After that, we realized the family in our ward lived in the next building over, so we still got to visit them too:) Again, the Lord works in mysterious ways:)

That night, we went to the homecoming party we’d helped set up for! There were plenty of people to talk to and also delicious Mexican food, so it was a missionary’s dream come true.

Saturday was exchanges! So I was here in Arvada with Sister Hudson, and Sister Griner went up to Boulder with Sister Nelson. Sister Hudson taught me the Book of Mormon game, which is where you ask your companion a question and then they have to answer it using a scripture from the Book of Mormon. It’s actually a pretty powerful thing! Then we tracted for a while. We’d tell people, “Hey we’re just asking a question. If there were a prophet on the earth today like Noah or Abraham or Moses, what would you ask him?” Then they would say some question, and then we’d answer their question using the Book of Mormon! It was great. We were able to help people feel the Spirit and recognize this book as a place to find answers from God. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon!

Sunday, we had a regional broadcast and it was amazing! My favorite was when Elder Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke. He talked about how we can be instruments in the hands of the Lord as we love and serve the people around us one by one, just like He does. I’m so thankful for the example of Jesus Christ. I want to be like Him and do the work here that He would do. And I’m so thankful that He suffered and died and rose again for each of us, individually, one by one.

Have a wonderful week! I hope you feel the Savior’s love for you and share it with those around you:)

Love,

Sister Stratford