We've been meeting with a former investigator, Ashley, for a few weeks now. We were finally able to meet with her when most of her kids were in school this past Thursday. Now you know I love kids, but it was really good to have a quieter environment to listen to and teach Ashley. It was really cool because when planning for her lesson in our companionship study, we decided on how to begin and what teaching points that we wanted to use. As soon as we said a prayer and what we had planned to say, she told us what was up. It was crazy. This was my fourth or fifth time meeting with her and every time I just felt like something was holding her back, and that something wasn't right. And seriously as we talked to her about how the gospel message will enable us to overcome weaknesses, she opened right up. I have been praying a lot about her and what will help her to overcome her weaknesses. Elder K. Brett Nattress' talk yesterday was seriously the biggest answer to my prayer. THE ATONEMENT. That's what. I loved when he told the story of his mother reading the Book of Mormon to his family every morning and the promised blessing that was given to her, that if she would read the scriptures to her children every day she would not lose any of them. Then she said with deep conviction, "And I will not lose you". I imagine that is how our Heavenly Father feels about each one of us. He doesn't want to lose any of us, and that is why He sent CHRIST. I know as soon as Ashley feels of His atoning power she will do whatever it takes to come back to Him.
CONFERENCE HOLY COW 🐄 It was so good. I don't even know where to begin. LOVED President Nelson's talk. One of my favorite, favorite scriptures! "Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have JOY". He said, "The joy we have has little to do with our circumstances, and everything to do with the focus of our lives" (or something like that). I know that as we focus on Christ we will not be distracted by the sneaky ways of the world and that we will truly be JOYFUL.
Hope you have the happiest of weeks! CTR!
transfer 12 district photo/wildlife sanctuary
me + hna. martinez
WEIRD HANDS ON HANDS
also, my creepy eye in the background.