"Wherefore, whithersoever they shall send you, go ye, and I will be with you; and in whatsoever place ye shall
proclaim my name an effectual door shall be opened unto you, that they may receive my word."
- Doctrine & Covenants 112:19

Monday, October 13, 2014

Surprise Fireside...

We had a Surprise Fireside from David Archuleta last night! I felt so bad for him....200 dramatic sisters...haha. He did a great job though. I never really liked his music, but he is so much better in person! He has an amazing talent. He sung some songs and did a Q&A about his mission. It was neat!

This week was so good. It went by so fast though! I just want to share some of the experiences we had and then update on our investigators...

My favorite experience we had was on Tuesday. We were coming back to the Square after serving at the Humanitarian Center all day, and my companion complimented this girl's dress. She was sitting on a bench outside the Temple with her Temple bag, and upon getting closer, we saw she was crying. We asked what was wrong, and she began to tell us that she just moved up here because she felt prompted to but that she had just had a job interview and didn't think it went very well. She asked us if we ever had experiences where things were falling apart but we knew they were 'falling together'? We shared experiences and testified and she began to feel such peace, she said. She thanked us for coming to talk with her and said that she had just gotten off the phone with her dad, and he had basically given her a blessing over the phone, and he had said that Christ's love would be manifested to her and that's when we walked up. She thanked us for being disciples of Christ. It was so neat! Then as a joke, she said, wow now all I need is chocolate! And for some reason, I had felt to put in my dinner bag some of the cookies mom made me. And so I gave them to her and she cried again. It was the coolest thing ever!

We were walking on the square when two guys walked up to us and asked is we were busy. One guy whose name is Apollo said that he had recently returned from a mission, and that he wanted to bring this guy Alex he just met to Tempe Square and wanted us to give them a tour. So naturally we said yes haha. So we took them around and taught the Restoration and Alex took a Book of Mormon and became a New Investigator. It was way cool because having a Member Present Lesson on the Square is pretty rare...but Heavenly Father blessed us with one.

We were able to find a lot of New Investigators last week that have great potential. We have been so blessed to meet all these people that have been prepared. As they progress, I will share more information about them.

Today we met the new Temple President for the Freiberg, Germany Temple. They are about to get set apart by President Uchtdorf. They were so nice!

Our other investigators and Recent Converts are doing so good! I wanted to share the text that Chenwei sent me yesterday after I said hi and asked how he was doing:

"Hi! I just get back from library! Met many new friends on church and they are super nice person. Besides I get my priesthood this morning! Next time you get back to Ohio you might see I serve the water and the bread! Such a new incredible experience for me! Share my joy with you my dear superwoman Ferguson!"
Oh my heck it was the cutest thing I have ever read. It just warmed my heart! It's so neat. He then went onto say about how we are angels because we brought him the gospel, and how his real experience shows him God does exist since he sends messengers to his life. Man I feel so blessed that I was able to teach him when I was in Ohio. What a precious time of my life!

I've gotten well adjusted here to Temple Square though. I feel so blessed to be here and have found many people I know I needed to meet.

We were able to go to Music and the Spoken Word yesterday, it was way good. I really liked what was said in the Spoken Word, so I actually wanted to type it up...

It's called "This is our time":"Have you ever wanted to trade places with someone? Maybe you know someone whose life appears to be so happy, so free from heartache, pain, and difficulty-especially when compared to yours. Perhaps he or she has better health, a more exciting job, or more possessions or prestige. Or maybe you've wished you could live in a different age of history, when times seemed simpler and stresses seemed more manageable. But if you were able to spend a day in another person's life, you may discover that you didn't know the whole story or hadn't looked very deeply. Every life, in every era, is touched by some degree of trouble and tribulation, shaded by some measure of sorrow and stress. That's the nature of life. The truth is, you are the sum total of your accumulated years, experiences, and relationships. Your background has helped to shape you into the person you've become. You live and breathe today with all the hard-won wisdom and life lessons embedded into your soul. You wouldn't be you without all that is in your heart and head. All of this makes you uniquely qualified to conquer the challenges you now face. To quote a classic piece of homespun wisdom, 'if all of our troubles were hung on a line, you'd take yours and I'd take mine.' Perhaps on a birthday we might wish we were a few years younger, and perhaps on stressful days we might wish we could live in another time. But each of us is here at this time and in this place for a purpose, and one thing that can keep us from fulfilling that purpose is wishing we were somewhere else. This is our time, our season. We can't really go back to another time or trade places with someone else, but we can enjoy the present and meet the future with faith. The wisdom of the Psalmist echoes through the ages: 'This is the day which the Lord hath made; [let us ] rejoice and be glad in it' (Psalm 118:24)."

I really liked that, it reminded me of President Uchtdorf's talk about being grateful in our circumstances. We go through everything for a reason :)

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!


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