June 19, 2017

“Nurturing the Eternal Companionship of Marriage”


This week we went with the Storeys to a family in the branch. Super nice family. The Father was the Branch President here for a long time. We visited with them for awhile and he mentioned he’d be out of town this weekend and needed someone to teach the priesthood lesson. I volunteered and he thanked me. He later texted us and told me that it was on lesson 10 from the Gordon B Hinckley book: “Nurturing the Eternal Companionship of Marriage”. He followed that with an option to skip it and do the next lesson considering my lack of experience. However, the wise words of my Mission President echoed in my head that “the person preparing the lesson or talk gets the most out of it”. and i figured why not learn about the topic! lol on the plus side of things id have a very experienced audience on the topic that could bring up lots of discussion. lol it went really well.


This week was good, though! A big problem here is that most of the members that live in town are single old ladies. lol so we can’t really go in and visit with them. lol but this week we started making a more concerted effort to visit these sisters even if its just doorstep. One was interesting, in that its a sister thats well regarded as “active”, her husbands in a nursing home in trinidad, and isn’t doing great. We felt impressed to talk about prayer and go into missionary work. And well i simply asked “how has prayer effected your life?” and she bust out in tears. Things have been super tough for her and she’s turned away from prayer apparently. We were able to testify and invite her to read alma 7:11-13 to help her remember that the savior knows how she feels. Well we saw her a couple days later and she was an entirely different person. chipper as could be and super appreciative of us coming by!


We were able to meet with the sister that we found last week, Clara Rose. It went well and we brought a member from the branch with us. We also found someone new this week. She’s the mother of the young man, Ezra, that we were teaching for a bit! She has a lot of good questions and seems really interested!


Oh and I was reading the the book of mormon (its the bomb). Im at the war chapters in Alma. and in Alma 46 i saw something interesting. Alma 46:40 says ” And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate “. this totally made me think of young living essential oils. lol


oh and we got to go to springs on wednesday to switch out our truck because the silly engine light came on. which meant i got to see a recent convert, some mission buds, and drop off my newest random item obtained, a tow hitch clay pigeon launcher. lol fun to be had fam. fun to be had.


Love you guys, hope your week is amazing!


Elder Stark


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