Thursday, June 25, 2015

It was a good week!

Monday we had a lesson with our investigator Steven. He was the one we met at the bus stop. And he accepted a baptism date! We were so excited! He has such a sweet spirit so we are so happy he's making the decision to be baptized.

Our President's wife, Sister Bonham is making an exercise video for the missionaries, and we're all in it, so Tuesday was our turn to be filmed. They weren't even hard exercises, but Sis Johnson and I were sore on Wednesday. I'm definitely not as in shape as I thought I was! hahah But after that Sister Bonham took us to lunch and it was so sweet! We love seeing the Bonhams!

We're tight for miles on our car, so we decided to do a car fast and not use it at all on Thursday. We walked a ton of miles and my shoes were not great so now I have blisters all over, which isn't fun, BUT our future selves will be grateful we saved on miles!

Yesterday's church was so good! All the talks were so powerful and we had a musical number, "A Long Time Ago" a beautiful song everyone should look up! And the lessons were great too! We had an investigator who wanted to come, but our 9 am church was too early for her (she has some health problems) so we decided to go to a later ward's meetings with her. So she was going to meet us there at the church, but she never showed up. We waited till after sacrament, and when we got home, she texted us explaining what happened. Turns out there was a miscommunication and she went to the wrong building. She ended up going to the Armar YSA sacrament meeting! She seemed to enjoy it though and said a lot of young people talked about how much they loved their fathers and it was very touching. Hahah next week we'll sort out all the details so we get her to the right building!

I hope everyone has a great week!
Sister Tennant
Brother Schilaty

We were walking and started talking to this lady who gave us a part of her plant. It was really nice but we looked goofy walking home with a plant in our hands

Sister Rushton
Some of our favorites in Arlington!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It's been a slow week. We don't have many investigators, so we've been doing a lot of finding. President issued a new challenge last week for the whole month of June. As a mission, we want to contact 25,000 people, which mean each companionship must contact 16 people every day to reach that goal. It's been interesting and certainly helps us quieter folk talk to more people! It's helping us all go way out of our comfort zone to talk to as many people as we can and invite more people to learn about the gospel. And we've certainly already seen the blessings from doing this!

We were listening to the talk "Believing Christ" by Steven Robinson and he quoted Doctrine and Covenants 76:69 "These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus". I love this. He pointed out how a lot of us know the facts about Christ and the Atonement, but have a hard time applying it to ourselves, which is why not only must we believe IN Christ, but we must BELIEVE CHRIST. That He is our personal Savior. I have such a huge testimony of Jesus Christ and am so thankful for all that He did for me, and for all of us. I invite you to listen to the talk!

Love, Sister Tennant

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It was a bit of a rough week this week. 
We had an investigator named Pearl. Pearl's husband died 4 years ago and she's been super depressed ever since. Her daughter, Heather, cleans houses for people, and one of her clients is LDS. She was talking to her client about her mom, and the LDS lady told her about Mormon missionaries who talk to people, so the non-member daughter referred her mom, Pearl, to us. When we first tried to teach her, she wasn't interested in the gospel, she just wanted someone to talk to her. So we went slow and just snuck in the gospel and helped Pearl be happy again. We explained Priesthood blessings and invited her to get one, and the elders came a few days later to do it. The spirit was so strong and powerful and was a really neat experience! And from then on, she wanted to learn, and was soaking up the gospel!
A few weeks later, we had dinner with Pearl and her main fellow shipper, and we were explaining the Plan of Salvation again and we stopped and asked if she had any questions, and she said, "Well, I was wondering, who is it that does the baptisms?" We about died. She told us she wanted to be baptized, so we started preparing her over the next several days. She was on date for June 7th and was so excited.
Then Tuesday happened. We went over to see her, and from the very beginning we could tell something was off. She started with, "I have something to say." Very bold and straightforward, especially for Pearl. She went on about how she wouldn't be able to pay tithing, and then how she thought we were counselors. It didn't make any sense at all. From the very beginning we explained that we were missionaries. And she has been completely different from the first time we met her. She is happy and laughs now and finds joy in life again! And she told us she is not getting baptized anymore and she didn't wan to meet with us. It was so strange and broke our hearts. It really didn't make sense.
We went to our Bishop's house to tell him but he wasn't home so we talked to his wife. She gave us a mom hug! The ward has really rallied around us and is supporting us, even though it's so sad. WE all continue to pray for Pearl and hopefully one day she will be baptized!

Other than that, it's been a good week. We had interviews with President again. Any day we get to see the Bonhams is a good day!

I love being a missionary, I love this gospel, and I am so thankful for Christ in my life!

Sister Tennant
Playing Frisbee golf last Monday for P day! "5 minutes throwing the Frisbee, and hour and a half trying to find it in all the bushes!"

Monday, June 1, 2015

This transfer is seriously flying by it's crazy!

On Tuesday, we had dinner with a family in the ward, and Pearl our investigator. After dinner, we were reviewing the Plan of Salvation with Pearl, and part way through, we stopped and asked if she had any questions so far. She said, "Well, who is it that does the baptisms?" We explained how anyone who holds the priesthood can do it and she said it was something she would like to do. We were so excited!! We felt impressed to let her pick her date, and she chose June 6th. She has to come to church 3 times before she can be baptized, so we had to move it to the 7th so she can come one more time and be baptized that night. We still have a lot to teach her this week, but it will happen and Pearl will be baptized! We are so happy for her

Then we taught a man being re-baptized, and because of the situation, we had to teach all the lessons in 2 days, so we did the first 4 in one night, and all the rest of them Thursday. It was crazy but we are thankful we got it all in and that he was able to be baptized on Saturday!

Saturday our Sister Training Leaders came to study with us! We love them so much and I am so grateful for all the incredible missionaries we get to serve with here! It's true what they say about everyone thinks they have the best mission. But seriously, Washington Everett is the very best!

Sunday was the Come See For Yourself fireside! We had a reactivated woman and Steven, our investigator with us! It was so good, and the spirit was so strong. I am so thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost that can testify of truth to us and those around us.

It has been a week of miracles for sure!

Love, Sister Tennant
Trying to get organized after moving...what a mess!

Baptism Day!

Cleaning Dog Hair and lint out of Dryer so we can use it

House Warming Flowers after the move....yes those are paper rolls

Goodbye cute apartment!

Baptism Day