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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