Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 17

^ that was Sister Hill's suggestion on how to start my weekly email:)
Anyways.. I hope that everyone has enjoyed the month of September. Can you believe that October starts this week? Where does the time go?
Here are some highlights of the week:
We met with our investigator Julie K. TWICE this last week!! Usually we are lucky to catch her at home once a week, if that, she is super busy. We read from the BOM with her on Tuesday and then stopped by again on Thursday surprised to find her at home and not busy. When we first started meeting with Julie she had a hard time making time for us to come and see her, but now she tells us we can come over whenever as long as she is home! I love it when people's hearts are softened and they want to feel the spirit more. When we came back on Thursday we taught her the Plan of Salvation and drew and cut out pictures for her to understand it better. Julie has a hard time focusing sometimes. She's a visual learning and loved this and was able to retain the information so much better! We also asked her about the chapter we had read from the BOM two days before and she totally remembered everything we had read. She said that the information had been sinking into her mind ever since we had read it. YAY! 
Ron is still progressing! We taught him the law of chastity a couple weeks ago and turns out he has been living with a woman that he is not married too. Well Ron decided that it was time for him to move out. we were so shocked!! He told us that he had been praying on what to do and decided that he needed to move out. It's so awesome when the spirit can testify to people the truthfulness of the things we are teaching them and then they can use their agency to make the choice to do the things that God has asked of us. We took him to a member's house this last week and watched the Joseph Smith movie with him. Joseph Smith really was an amazing man and called of God to be a prophet. Ron told us that he believes everything Joseph Smith did and saw was true. We are anxiously waiting for him to get Sundays off so he can come to church and get baptized November 14th!
This week we were finally able to visit one of our investigators Ruth. She has been in the hospital for the past 6 weeks so it's been a while since we have seen her! She is an older lady and so sweet. When we knocked on her door this last week she goes "I'm so excited to see you girls again, I was thinking of you the whole time I was in the hospital and hoping that you weren't thinking that I was ignoring you." We read from the BOM with Ruth and helped her to understand it better. She has ALOT of questions! But she is wiling to read and learn.
Every Saturday we go out to Potosi and we visit a member who lives in a nursing home named Joy. Well Joy called us when we were walking in the nursing home and said she was feeling really sick and we shouldn't go visit. We had Audre with us and she brought her ukulele so we decided to just go stop in anyways and sing some hymns to her to help her feel better. Now if any of you know me.. you know that i am not a great singer! Audre is very musically talented thank goodness, but the three of us sang hymns to Joy and she loved it. It's amazing how quick music can bring in the spirit!! 
We had a meeting in Cape Girardeau this last week and President and Sister Morgan came to talk with our zone. Sister Morgan talked about obedience and how selective obedience brings selective blessings. I LOVE THIS! She told us to go read through our patriarchal blessings and to choose one of the blessings we  wouldn't like to have. I don't know about anybody else, but I want ALL of the blessings from my patriarchal blessing!! She told us that when we are selectively obedient about things we are essentially throwing away blessings that we could have received. We should be obedient always! 
Sunday I gave my first talk in church as a missionary! Unfortunately we didn't have any of our investigators come to church but that's okay. We are hoping to get alot of them to watch conference this weekend. Which by the way, I hope everyone is getting super excited to watch!!! Sister Hill and I are stoked. Conference is like Christmas to missionaries:) 
One thing I have learned as a missionary is that we truly have to be converted to Jesus Christ and His gospel. When we are truly converted to Christ then nothing else matters. We won't become offended by others or ashamed of our beliefs because we know that this is the only way that leads to eternal life.
I hope that everyone has a fantastic week and learn lots from conference!
Sister Turpin 

Missouri street in Missouri!
Visiting Audre at Sonic!

Rose and Steve gave us half a meatloaf and some apple dumplings. #leftovers4days #blessed

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