The work here in the Waterford ward is coming along great! This week we have been working hard to try and get around to a lot of the ward members and introduce ourselves and tell them about what we are trying to do with the ward and all that good stuff! There are so many great people in the ward! Being in a military area is kind of difficult though because people are constantly moving in and out. So the ward has not had a lot of stability, but they still make it work somehow. Our investigator Liz is doing so well! She studies sooo much on her own each day and she is just loving learning more about the gospel. She is working on planning out her baptism service and she is just so excited forto come, and so are we!
Elder Fletcher and I have also been working with a young couple, Jason and Sandra. Jason works for the Navy alongside a member of our ward, and they recently decided that they just needed religion in their lives. Sandra has had a few friends who were Mormon's also, and she has said how there was "just something about the Mormon families. They all seemed so happy, and I could just see how much they loved each other." This is something that she really wanted, which led her to look into the LDS church. That just shows how important the examples that we set for all of those around us can be. Just be the way we live our lives, by our actions from day to day people will notice us. They will notice how happy the Gospel can make us, and how much it can bless our family relationships as well.
They have 4 young boys who are all under the age of 6, and they really want their kids to grow up in a good environment. So for our lessons we just meet at the church, let the boys run crazy in the gym while we teach the lessons in one of the classrooms. Anyways, they have shown a lot of interest in learning more about The Gospel and the whole family attended church for the past two weeks! They are fitting right into the ward, and have already made some friends that are fellow-shipping them.
Something that I have already learned from serving a mission is to just trust the Lord. On a mission there are the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. Helping people come closer to Christ and seeing the blessings that flow from their good decisions is so amazing! But then trying to offer the Gospel to other people and getting rejection after rejection can get very discouraging. And then pile all of the other hard things that come with serving a mission on top of that, and it can get really discouraging. But I have learned to just put ALL trust in the Lord, Proverbs 3: 5-6. This goes for just everyday life also, not just the mission life. If we put forth our best effort, and do everything that we possibly can, we will have success. We can't do everything on our own, and so we just have to turn to the Lord and ask for Him to help us with the things that we can't accomplish on our own. We like to say that if "You do your best, the Lord will take care of the rest", and that is so true. The Lord will always be there alongside us, every step of the way, in everything that we do!