Monday, October 21, 2013

October 15, 2013 Rain, Rain Go Away

Hey family!

So this past week it rained a total of 8 inches in two days! There was so much rain and it seemed like it would never end. Needless to say, I'm thankful for mom's raincoat, an umbrella, and a car. Oh and I'm e-mailing on Tuesday because of Columbus Day yesterday (there wasn't any school so families were supposed to be home together). 

Not a lot happened this past week. We've been doing A LOT of less active work and updating the records on the ward list. We worked down in Reading mostly the entire week. There are about 20-30 less actives or unknowns in our area of Reading, and so we decided to go try to locate these members and try to help reactivate them. 

From doing this, we found two less actives that wanted to come back to church and about 10 that had moved. So, hopefully the ward clerk appreciated all of our updating.

One of these less active members was Rosemary. We had a very spiritual lesson with her about the Atonement and relying on Christ. She really wants to come back to church and she knows that that's what she needs in her life right now. However, she doesn't have any transportation and her husband (who is a member) isn't very supportive of the church and sometimes won't allow her to go. She told us she would be at church on Sunday, but she never showed up. We have an appointment with her tomorrow, so hopefully we'll be able to figure out what happened.

The other less active was a cute old black man from Philly named Augustus. He lives on his own now and he loves the church. He said that he hadn't been to church for a while because he's be sick, but he came on Sunday! We visited him last night and he told us that he really appreciated us stopping by and getting him to come to church. He said that he felt peaceful and comforted at church and that he's missed feeling that. He said he would come again this Sunday. Hopefully he does! 

Sheila came to church again this week! She is definitely progressing and beginning to see changes and blessings in her life; especially with a new job offer. It is so awesome to see this change in her! I hope we can continue to help her rebuild her faith and strength in the gospel.

This past week the elders passed off an investigator to us. His name is Mocha. We taught him two lessons last week--the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ--and invited him to be baptized on Nov. 10th. He said yes if he received an answer after praying about it! 

Other than that, that's about it for my week. Miracles are happening in this area, even if it is with less actives! I am a firm believer that the Lord needs to trust this ward with the members in it first before he can trust this ward with new members. So, that's what we're doing! We're working with the less actives, but still also trying to find new people to teach. 

Love you!

Sister Davis

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