Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tour de Taylor!

Good afternoon friends and family! 

It was another good week! We taught that newly married couple that I wrote about last week. Calvin know's a lot about the church already. We taught the Restoration and invited him to read the Book of Mormon and be baptized. He said he's already been baptized and we explained the Priesthood again. We were able to see him a few times later in the week just briefly and he said that he started to read! The bummer is that he's still living in Phoenix until he can find a job up here. So he said he'd be back up here in a couple weeks.

We went out with our ward missionaries this week and had some awesome success! We found another part-member family! Renee was baptized a long time ago and his wife and kids aren't members. He still has a testimony and his kids go to scouts where they used to live. It sounds like they're interested. Renee said he'd talk to his wife about his kids taking the lessons and coming to church. They have potential! :)
We had a couple really good lessons with this one less-active brother we've been teaching. He's had some problems with the word of wisdom and the members that came with us were really able to touch him with their testimonies and encouragement. I know that we need to reach out to those that have strayed and that as we do so we're following the Savior's example and keeping our baptismal covenants. Most less-actives will respond to the invitation to come back! 

The 24th of July Pioneer Day celebration and festivities were really fun! We were able to run a booth at the arts and crafts festival and at the community builder's themed parade we had a missionary float with the YSA- lots of returned missionaries! We were able to really get out in the community and celebrate the pioneer heritage. We got some good referrals from our booth and were able to talk to many people! 

Yesterday in Relief Society our lesson was on Elder Pearson's talk from this past conference titled "Stay by the Tree". I recommend everyone go back and study this one! One of my favorite quotes from his talk was "We can fill our lives with accomplishment and well-doing, but in the end, if we do not enter into sacred covenants to follow Christ and faithfully keep them, we will have utterly and completely missed the mark." This perfectly sums up our purpose as missionaries- helping people make and keep covenants! You may be a good person but you can't enter the Celestial Kingdom without making and keeping sacred promises. I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to share the Gospel and be a "guide" to help others to receive the blessings of covenant making and keeping. Yesterday we had dinner with the Chees and we talked to Mel about baptism and testified to him that it wasn't us 23 and almost 20-year-old Sisters extending the invitation to enter the waters of baptism, it is the Savior-- we're just His mouthpiece. Mel is really scared to be baptized but I know that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ dispels our fears (Elder Bednar). I hope we can continue to help Mel overcome his fears and strengthen his faith! 

I love you all! Thank you for your support and encouragement :)

Sister Richards

We biked out to the Taylor sign for exercise one morning! So fun!

We live right across the street from the rodeo grounds so we sat in our driveway to watch the fireworks after the rodeo! They made up for not having fireworks on the 4th of July :)

Weekly free lunch at Celebrations! So yummy!

The missionary float!

And the booth :)

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