Thursday, 22 May 2014

We see miracles as we labor.

Boy do I have a funny story for you! We were meeting with Victor and Neida to make plans for there wedding and we were talking about refreshments for after and I said, "We could just have relief society sisters bring cookies and squares" They all just looked at me so funny. All of them. What is a square? they all say? I was like you know "cookies or squares" They had no idea what I was talking about. Everyone I have asked since then has never heard of it described that way. They just say brownies or dessert... it was really funny anyways. I don't know it must just be a cardston thing. They also have never heard of puffed wheat squares before!!!! They have never heard of puffed wheat? Who would have thought eh? Can you please send me some puffed wheat? 
It is hard to believe that the last week of the transfer is here and with that the final week for Sister Price. We, like always, are motivated to give it our all and remain resolute until the end. We have no doubt that God will bless us with many wonderful miracles.

The work is progressing very steadily here in Delray. We recently met with our ward mission leader and helped him form a ward mission plan. We are focusing a lot on member missionary work in effort to strengthen the ward with strong, elect, whole and complete families. Yesterday started the  beginning of a ward 40 day fast for missionary purposes. In addition, we are encouraging each individual and family to create and implement a family mission plan. Bishop has allowed us to teach the upcoming 5th Sunday lesson to further help the members catch the vision and create there own plan. I am excited for it. The ward council is very supportive. We all work very well together. 

We love our area and continue to  We are excited for Victor and Neida's  marriage and baptism this weekend. We are working with several others that are progressing well. We are striving to have a consistent teaching pool. We have been finding much success as we prayerfully identify less actives to visit. God always leads us to someone to teach as we rescue. We felt very inspired to visit a less active family that we had been diligently working with but not seeing much action taken on there part. We weren't to motivated to go and see them again but the spirit directed us to so we did. When we knocked on the door an unfamiliar face answered. Turns out the Mother's brother just moved here and is currently living with them! We were able to teach him and solidify them all for church. He came and loved it! He has been reading in the Book of Mormon and is very excited for baptism. It is such a miracle. 

In the Book of Mormon I have been reading in Ether. What wonderful lessons we can learn. One that stood out to me was the importance of accountability. We must always return and report. Doing so gives us further instruction and enlightenment from God. It is when we forget to account with the Lord that we no longer progress becoming stagnant, comfortable, and thus prideful. The Brother of Jared and there families heeded God's guidance for a time but then sat still for 4 years because they were content with what they had. Think of what they could have done! Think of what I could do if I would consistently account with the Lord! In effort to do this, I am recording more in my journal each night as I pray... I write down the revelation he gives me and what he wants me to do so that I can report on it the next morning or night. What peace this has brought. 

I love Preach My Gospel and continue to learn and grow as I make it the center of my studies. How is your study of PMG coming? I am still patiently waiting to hear what you all are learning. One truth that I have been learning about is how death does not change our personality nor our desires for good or evil. Teaching this restored truth, especially to those who struggle with addictions, is powerful. How important it is to get things in order here while on earth, for that is the very purpose of life. When we die we will not all of a sudden be smart and have a full understanding, but rather our bank of knowledge and attributes will be but the same that we learned and worked for in this life. Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end! 


Sister Hartley 

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