Sunday, October 4, 2015

God has a plan for every one of us

Good morning! :) Hope y'all are having a great week!

It has been such a long week! So much has happened in the last week and a half, I hope that I can remember all that I wanted to share! 

Braxton's baptism went really well! It was well attended by her family and by the ward family. 

We did some yard work for Heather the past two Saturdays. We also started teaching her last week which is a huge miracle! She said that we're the only missionaries she's liked in a long time. I hope we can find the right member fellowshipper for her so that when we get transferred she doesn't stop progressing. 

The Furbush family is progressing! They are soaking up everything that we teach them. Sister Thumstedter and I are amazed. Last week Sister Furbush reached out to us and told us that her sister's health is not good and that she's been praying more than she ever has in her life. We were so pleased to hear that she started to pray during this hard time. We can tell that she's strengthening her faith--just a couple lessons before she was indifferent about prayer having an impact in her life. We read the Book of Mormon with them and had a really spiritual lesson. I think the lesson really softened their hearts to accept the date Sister Thumstedter invited them to be baptized on. Amelia came to the women's meeting with us Saturday night, Sister Furbush had to work :( They came to all 3 hours of church on Sunday and they came to the stake family fireside that night on the Family Proclamation! The lessons in gospel principles and RS/EQ were so perfect! The topics were baptism and eternal families. We went with the Furbush's over to Bishop's house Monday night for Family Home Evening and everything is just going really well! Their testimonies are growing so much. We are looking forward to teaching them the plan of salvation tomorrow night and have faith that it will help them through this difficult time. Another cool thing that happened was that Sister Furbush asked her sister if we could send missionaries to her and she accepted! So more of their family is being introduced to the church. Brother Furbush is flying to NY today to drive more of his family out to AZ and we look forward to meeting them. 

On Sunday we found out some very sad news. Katy's sister Velda, that helped us out so much with the float a few weeks ago, lost her month and a half year old daughter. Sister Thumstedter and I were so heartbroken when we found out the news. We've tried to help Katy a lot this week to prepare for the services and burial which will take place today. How grateful their family is to know where their child is-- reunited with her grandma whom she was named after, and that they will see her again and have the opportunity to be with her forever. 

I know that we don't always understand our trials here on Earth but I know that God has a plan for every one of us. We experience these hard times to help us grow, learn and come closer to Him. I know that as we trust in God and pray to Him that we can feel peace and comfort. The eternal perspective the plan of salvation gives us is such a blessing. 

Until next week! 

Lots of love,
Sister Richards

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