Monday, July 31, 2017

Goodbye Already?!

Tuesday we met a lady who was outside gardening in her yard, she is from the Philippines and LOVES Jesus Christ. Her name is Karina and she loves the Bible and reads and prays everyday. She actually believes a lot of the same things we do. She saw our name tags and said "Sister Ruffner... you do look like a nun." What does that even mean? I don't know, I was wearing a purple dress, but anyway haha. She also said that we have Spirits with us helping us through the day and she said that Sister Fletchers angel is aggressive, and mine is very kind. Don't worry, Sister Fletcher and I laughed about it for a while after. 
When we wen't to do service at the Opp Shopp on Saturday, she was there! We walked up to Karina and she was super excited to see us! She said that she has been thinking about us a lot. She has a very busy schedule this week but said she was going to stop by the church on Sunday because it is just across the street. 

We have been teaching sweet Sister Gumm the temple prep lessons with Sister Waite and it has been such a cool experience. She is so close to going to the temple. She is doing everything she can to be able to be worthy and ready to go when the time comes. If things keep going the way they are right now, she should be able to go next week!

Lexie is 14 years old and has such a huge desire to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized! She has been taught by missionaries before with her mom. Her mom stopped taking the lessons but Lexie was still really excited to learn, she knows that this is true. She is reading the Book of Mormon each day and her parents said that she can get baptized on her 16th birthday so she really knows and understands what she is doing. So we put her on date to be baptized on November 26th, 2018. That will be such a special day considering she will have worked hard and waited for that special date. 

We went to have dinner at a members house this week and we drive up and see the house has a pink door. cute :) Then, when we go inside we see that everything is pink. They even have a big family portrait on the wall, and the mom, dad, and two sons all dressed in pink. The ceiling is pink, the couches and all the furniture is pink, chandeliers are pink (yes chandeliers in every room). Pretty much it was the greatest thing ever haha :)

Sunday was such a spirit filled day. President Smith and his wife came to our ward council meeting, gave talks in Sacrament meeting, and then for the third hour meeting we set up chairs in groups of four and did some role plays with the members. Helping them to be more comfortable with sharing the gospel with their friends. "I like my church because..." Sister Fletcher and I had to do a role play of the restoration using the pictures in the pamphlet in front of President and the ward! It was a little nerve wracking not going to lie. By the end there were members who were asking for Book of Mormons to pass out to their friends!
Sister Deel has someone who she has talked to a couple of times who is a Native American. She knows all about the Nephites and Lamanites but, doesn't know anything about the church or the Book of Mormon. How cool is that? The Book of Mormon is literally the history of her people! She is going to LOVE the Book of Mormon.

Saturday was transfer calls... we had no idea if either of us were going to get transferred or not because we had both just gotten into the area. We were just eating dinner and then we get a call from President! Sister Fletcher will be staying in King George and I will be leaving and have the opportunity of serving as a Sister training leader! I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and giving me this opportunity to learn and grow even more. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of us, and cares about our progression. I know that is what we are here to do, to learn and progress. Which is not always an easy thing to do. This life is short and we can know that everything that we go through will be for our benefit, good or bad. He is in the details of our lives, and we will always have Him to help us through. I know that our Heavenly Father stands ready to give us anything we need to accomplish our purpose of mortality. I love my Heavenly Father with all of my heart, I love my Savior and am so grateful for all that He has done for me. I study and strive to use His example to shape my life every day. 

❤- Sister Ruffner 

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