Monday, March 17, 2014

baptism! whoop whoop

BIG week: a baptism, exchanges, and interviews with President Batt :) good stuff. 

Where to start... first, Sylvia got baptized on Monday! It was kind of crazy because it was on p-day and FHE, but somehow it all worked out. 
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She was sooo happy. Except I got her a suit that was WAY to big for her. Whoops! It was a beautiful baptismal service. Sister Hammond gave a talk on baptism and I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Her husband Myron baptized her, and now they can get sealed in the temple next year. It was an awesome day. We were on Cloud 9. 

However, that afternoon, I said goodbye to Kelly. She is leaving to go home to Michigan while she gets surgery. She was the first person that I taught that got baptized. It was sad to say goodbye for now. I am so excited to go to the temple with her someday though. It will be awesome!

Then Tuesday and Wednesday we drove 4 hours to Holbrook for exchanges with our STLs. It was fun because I also got to see Sister Askren, who is their companion also since they are in a trio. It was fun. 
They showed us the Ward Mission Plan for one of their wards and I thought that it was really cool. It refers to the talk "7 Lessons on Sharing the gospel" by Elder Clayton M. Christensen. 

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In the talk, he says, "Even more than other members, the busy men and women who lead our wards and stakes (or branches and districts) need to exercise this simple faith--because if they cannot speak in present-tense verbs and first-person pronouns about sharing the gospel, they cannot inspire others to fulfill our prophet's member missionary call." 

It was cool to read. We had a few other really good lessons this week with Crystal and some less active members. The work is working. 

Some gems of wisdom that I love:
"You should give 100% in everything you do, except when you are giving blood." --President Batt
"'Bridle your passions, that ye may be filled with love.' Through bridling our passions, we gain more love. This is an eternal truth. This is how God knows that love works, not how the way that the world teaches us about love."--Brother Lotze (seminary and institute teacher in Page)
1 Nephi 10:14--"Grafting is a slow process--you wait for a long time then you see fruit in bushels and bushels and bushels."--Elder Huff (my Zone Leader in Tube City)
"The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it; let it loose and it will defend itself."--Sister Roundtree's pinterest quote in her talk about missionary work

Love you all! Have a wonderful day!
-Sister Sadie Bledsoe

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