I'm just gonna hope right in! This week was full of good gems.
Wednesday was Cowboy Bob's birthday!!! He turned 68 :) I'll send some pictures.. But long story short it was the best birthday ever :) For starters, we all went out to dinner at Denny's so it was bound to be a wonderful day! We got him a few bandanas and some of his favorite candy. We also got him a card with a few pictures of his horse and his dog.... And it was the sweetest moment ever. He looked down at the card for a long time and then looked up with big old tears in his rough cowboy eyes. So tender. Such a sweet man.
After that we went to the church. Everyone was there for activities so we recruited a few people and surprised him by singing happy birthday with an ice cream cake :) (my personal favorite, so that was an added bonus)
But!!!! After that we went to the family history center with him! Our mission president asked our companionship to really emphasize family history as a trial run for future things. So we went with cowboy Bob to get his parents information all put in. And miracle after miracle happened. I won't ramble but it was the most efficient thing ever. Things that usually needed passwords, didn't request them. Stuff like that. It was cool :) hopefully we'll be going to the temple with him soon!
Saturday was... Yeah... We tried to contact some old old referrals still in the system. This one house the lady didn't live there anymore but this other lady opened up the door. She invited us right in and fed us some REAL good fish tacos :) .... And then proceeded to bible bash us with her husband. Two hours later we asked to say a prayer with them before we went. We went into their living room, knelt down and both began to pray out loud at the same time. I just wanted to cry. I was just so overwhelmed and mad but sad and just a whole lot of other emotions. When they finished we said our own prayer and left.
But! Story not over yet! We went straight to dinner with a young family in the English Ward. They have 5 kids under 8 so they don't have us over a lot and it was clearly a sacrifice for them but they are so kind and so giving. Their children too. After dinner we shared the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As the two parents testified of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith and his divine calling you could cut the spirit with the butter knife. We were all just in tears. And then the dad looked at his oldest son and said, "how do you feel?" "The spirit," he said. And then he said one of the most profoundest things. "Remember this. Remember how you feel. You will need it. We are all going to need to rely on moments like this in the future."
Going from a bible bash where I couldn't even feel the spirit during a PRAYER to that home was an incredible blessing.
I echo what he said. We NEED the Holy Ghost in our lives. That peace. That light. If there is ever any way we will make it through the future or even the present, we need to draw power from those testimony building moments and strive more consistently to have them.
I love you all :) mucho :)
Be good! Read your scriptures! Say your prayers! Do family history! Go to the temple :)