Sunday, August 16, 2015

How's it Monday already?
Thank you all for the happy birthday wishes! 

We had a great week. The past couple weeks we've been increasing our goal for less active and recent convert lessons and we keep meeting and exceeding it! All our work is with them... We need to up our investigator lessons- we need more investigators!!! We had a great stake conference this weekend about ward and family councils, Sabbath day observance, enduring to the end- lots of good stuff. Elder Corbridge came to organize and call a new stake presidency. I loved what the now former Stake President said, It was something like: Being faithful, keeping the commandments and going to the temple isn't enough, we need to open our mouths and share the gospel with others. I hope our members will apply what we learned this weekend. 

Two of my favorite lessons from this week:

We went to the temple with one of our inactives and we taught the plan of salvation towards the temple. We testified that through the Atonement he can overcome his sins and weaknesses and one day enter the temple. He has some concerns and doubts about that but i know that it is possible. The Spirit was strong in our lesson! He's doing really well and making good progress.

The other lesson we taught was to 10 and 7 year old girls. We did an object lesson with two cans of soda from Sister Esplin's talk from this past conference "Filling our homes with light and truth". One can is empty and is crushed by satan's influence and temptations, etc.. the other is full and unopened and can withstand the temptations. The girls really got it and we talked about what they could do to help fill their home with the gospel and the Spirit. They committed to encourage family prayer and scripture study. After the lesson the wanted the unopened can of soda and almost held us hostage in their home as they barricaded the door so we couldn't leave. It was so funny haha

My thought for the week:

"My beloved brothers and sisters, godly fear dispels mortal fears. It even subdues the haunting concern that we never can be good enough spiritually and never will measure up to the Lord’s requirements and expectations. In truth, we cannot be good enough or measure up relying solely upon our own capacity and performance. Our works and desires alone do not and cannot save us. “After all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23), we are made whole only through the mercy and grace available through the Savior’s infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice (see Alma 34:10, 14). Certainly, “we believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3)." -Elder Bednar "Therefore they hushed their fears"

I know that what Elder Bednar has taught is true! We can and will never measure up but the Savior's Atonement will make up the difference if we do our very best.

Make your week a great one! :) 

-Sister Richards

F'reals from Maverick are the best 

FHE with the Whitney family and Jeff!

The soda can analogy...

Us missionaries with Elder Corbridge and his wife :)

Last pday hiking in Shumway!

Weekly lunch at Celebrations!

Our awesome district! 

It's the end of the transfer already. I'll find out my transfer news this weekend and next week 

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