Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

Doctrine and Covenants 50:22

Monday, January 11, 2016

"From the treasure of our hearts Jesus asks that we give of ourselves" ~ 28 December 2015

What a week of Christmas miracles!

After finally being out of and unstuck from all the wintery weather road closures, we are actually in Rock Springs in our assigned area! That is a miracle in its self, but on top of that, God has blessed us with so many merry things!
Christmas day we made a goal to have 5 lessons and invite someone to be baptized. The 5 lessons goal was actually a lot easier to achieve that I thought. We were able to share lots of Christmas messages with many of our investigators and less active members and member families.
The greatest miracles was when we went to Vlad's house, he is a reactivating member and his fiancé, Miamuna, is the investigator we started teaching last week. We now call Vlad's house the miracle house, because we found 2 new investigators when we went Christmas day and were able to invite one of them to be baptized!
We came in and Miamuna lit up when she saw us! We shared a Christmas message with just some of the people there because they were all busy cooking a Christmas feast, but after the message we invited everyone to join us for a prayer. At the end of the prayer, Vlad's cousin William looked at us and said, "I want to be a part of this." He said he used to be close to God and it was time to be close again, and he really likes our church. We invited him to be baptized and he willingly accepted. We will be teaching him this coming Saturday! :D His daughter Dianca also said she would be willing to learn more.
Saturday we had an AMAZING miracle. 100% lead by the Spirit. It’s a crazy story, I might have to save it for my homecoming talk. lol But, it resulted in another investigator, Amad. He is completely prepared by the Lord to be taught. The Spirit is so good.
Sunday was great. One of our wards had a really great sacrament meeting. They do it every year on the Sunday after Christmas. It's called favorite hymn Sunday. It is kind of like testimony meeting but you just go up and introduce yourself, say your favorite hymn and the page number and then you explain why it’s special to you, bear your testimony about it and then the congregation sings a verse or two of it! So fun! I bore my testimony on “Scatter Sunshine” for a few more reasons besides the fact that it is minus 15 degrees here....
Then Sister Hill and I were able to give talks in another ward about the gifts of Christmas. I love speaking. I always learn so much. I spoke about the gift we can give to the Savior, the gift of giving our hearts. Truly all we give to the Savior is just returning what He has already given us; what the Lord does not have is our hearts.

I got a Maya Angelou quote from sweet sister Lynda Fraley - it says, "Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, be better."
I know that as we rely on the Savior to constantly be a little better, we will be able to give our hearts to Him, and by doing so, He only blesses us more.
I love my Savior. I pray we can ever follow in His light.

XOXO, Sister Hatch

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