Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 Ward Mission Plan

This week we have had a big focus on sharing the ward mission plan with all of the members. As we have done this it has been so cool to hear about all of the chances people have had to share the gospel. The ward mission plan really focuses on the first step of being willing to open our mouth and share the gospel.

Our bishop talked about how he has seen many opportunities to share the gospel come through the week and that when he was more missionary minded he was able to take advantage of those chances. It has been hard because we meet so  many people who we feel are so ready for the gospel but sometimes they just need that little seed planted. I have seen that as we have met so many people but haven't yet had the chance to meet with them again. It can be really hard but I know Heavenly Father has a plan for each of them and he will not let them lose the chance to accept the gospel.

We have been meeting with an incredible mom named Kate and she is a great example of one of the seeds that was planted a while ago. We were going through our area book at the start of last transfer and we called several of the people. We weren't too far in when Kate answered.  She was so nice and said she would love to meet. When we looked through the information we had for her it said she was a referral from the bishop almost 3 years ago. It has been so cool to see how that one little referral so long ago has turned into something so much more. This week we had a lesson with her about the Book of Mormon and we brought an awesome member with us. I was so grateful to have her here because she was able to answer her questions in a way that she could better relate to. When we were leaving the member invited Kate and her family over to her farm!  I really saw the power of having members at lessons with us.

I know that this gospel is true and I know that our Heavenly
Father loves each of us. I know that he has a plan and he knows what we can become.

Yesterday, in Relief Society, one of the sisters shared an
awesome analogy. She said that our Heavenly Father gives us trials just like a butterfly needs to get out of its cocoon to be strong enough to serve. We need to go through trials to help us learn and grown into the strong butterflies our Heavenly Father knows we can become. 

I am so grateful for the knowledge of the restored gospel
that we have on the earth today. That we have been trusted with the priesthood power once again. I've been thinking a lot about how in 3 Nephi 11 when Christ comes to the Americas one of the first things he does is gives the priesthood to Nephi. It reminds me how important it is and that all of us, as members of the church, act under that authority. I am so grateful for all the sacrifices that have been made for us to
have that authority her on the earth today. I am also so grateful for the Book of Mormon that we have to help us through our lives it truly is a road map. I love this gospel and I love you all.

I hope you have a great week!

Sister Goudy

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf retells the story of the ugly duckling and urges us to reflect on who we really are--sons and daughters of a glorious Heavenly Father.

Our True Identity (3:39)

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