FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE ELSE!
Let me tell you some of this weeks highlights.
1. I got attacked by a cat. I know what you are all thinking, "Sister Jones is so dramatic. A cat probably looked at her and now she is freaking out that she got attacked." I want to clarify that I REALLY got attacked by a cat.
NOW FOR THE STORY:
Somehow we got roped into cleaning the cat adoption room Thursday mornings. I was going about cleaning all these cat cages doing the normal routine. I got to a cat cage, and they had told us the cat was aggressive so I decided to put it in a crate. I went to put it in the crate and out came ALL THE PAWS. It latched itself onto myself with all fours. I was trying to pull this cat away from the front of myself, but it held on with all of its cat strength. Some lady had to run over and was trying to pull the cat off of me as well. Sister Petersen also grabbed two of its legs. No worries, the cat claws never pierced my skin, it just left little holes in my shirt.
2. If you have enough faith, you can go a long time without gas.
We had MLC this week in Ashland, and for part of MLC we hiked Mt. Ashland. It was about forty miles away from the church. We got on the freeway to go from the church to Mt. Ashland and the low gas light came on. (let me clarify that our gas tank is never supposed to go under 1/4 of a tank. However, I am unable to see the gas odometer from the passenger seat.) We sort of started freaking out in our car full of sisters because we were in a LONG line of cars headed to the mountian. (Plus, you never want to be THOSE sisters that everyone is frustrated with) So our group of sisters prayed, and somehow we made it a lot farther than we should have. YOU JUST GOTTA HAVE FAITH! AND PRAY! (really though, I know that God answers prayers, and cares about the details in our lives.)
Tuesday we had MLC, friday Sister Petersen and I taught at ZTM. I will send you the pics.
As for this week, SAME OLD SAME OLD! God is at the head of this missionary work. In this area I have the largest teaching pool I have had on my mission of the most solid people. Also, it rained this week, so it hasn't been consistently 110 degrees everyday, which has been a HUGE blessing.
I feel extremely blessed to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Shadee came to church for the first time and he LOVED it. The ward loved him as well! Today we are gong to figure out when he is off of parole so that we can get him BAPTIZED! Lila is the sweetest little old lady who comes to church on her own, without us even asking. We found a little cute family, the dad is tyler and he graduated in 2013 (with me) and the mom just got out of high school a year ago! THEY ARE SO SWEET and we taught them the restoration. We are going to continue working with them :)
This week I had one of those "wrestle before God" kind of prayers, the ones where you REALLY need an answer and pour out your soul! Prayer is such a simple concept in the gospel, but I know that it is an essential part of our progression. Over the next couple of days God opened my eyes to the things which he still needs me to learn. It is funny, because I thought that after (almost) 14 months I would have everything all figured out. NOPE. I still am nothing before God and need his help every single day! There are still things which he needs me to become and accomplish.
God told me three specific things after this prayer, and I want to share one of them with you. We need to be looking at every single individual like they are God's child. No matter how different of a lifestyle they have than us, no matter where they are at in terms of the gospel, God is working in their life and he loves them immensely. It is something that we can't even comprehend. I know that God is aware of us, from an empty gas tank to giving us the answers we need in our lives on a more profound level. GOD LOVES US AND EVERYONE AROUND US, so we need to love ourselves and everyone around us as well.
I love you all!