Sunday, August 5, 2012

Teaching, Sisterhood, and Make-up

This week had an amazing miracle.  On Monday we were going to teach these 3 little kids (well 2 little kids, one is way too little to listen).  Their mom is a member, not currently active, but their dad is not a member and he didn't really have any interest in learning for himself.  When we talked to the parents, they said the kids wanted to learn about Jesus.  On Monday when we went over to teach the kids, the dad had a bunch of questions.  He said he had been doing research and wanted to know what he needed to do to join the church.  He loved how family centered the church is.

This taught me once again that God knows what he is doing.  He teaches and prepares people to hear the gospel.  Some of those people are around us.  It is up to us to keep our eyes open so we can recognize and help those people who have been prepared.  I wish I had shared the gospel more before my mission.  I didn't realize how important it is to share.  I would rationalize to myself that it is just another church.  But it's not.  It is the way to return to Heavenly Father.  The gospel explains where we were before, what our purpose is here on earth, and where we are going.

This past weekend there was a Relief Society [church organization for women ages 18 and up] sister's retreat.  Sister W, my companion, and I got to be there because there were 4 sisters we were working with who were either less-active or recent converts.  On Friday night there was dinner, a fireside, and swimming --but we didn't do the swimming part.  Then on Saturday, there were a few classes and one of them was a class about make-up. 

We went to the make-up class.  So, I am kinda stubborn.  I am pretty sure Sister W didn't believe me when I told that to her before.  I knew what I wanted and what I didn't want for make-up that day.  There were these cards that had how to do a certain make-up look.   The card that I picked out (or people picked out for me because it was purple and would look good with my eyes) was an “evening out/elegant look.” I didn't like it when I tried it so I took it off. Sister W decided she was going to do it for me.  I wasn't having any of that that day.  I had decided it wasn't happening and that was that!  It was partially because of the dramatic make-up look and since I was just going to be going tracting, I didn't think it was appropriate in that situation.  She tried a few times to help me and I blocked her-- one of the talents I learned from having an older brother.  Did I mention that I won?  Haha.  It was funny.  Some things just don't change.  And yes, I do wear make-up every once in a while. 

 By the way, our recent convert did great!  It was great to see the sisterhood being developed.  It was also good being there to encourage the other people that we meet with.

I’ve shared a little of my week’s experiences with you.  You got to read about some seriousness, a funny story, and a spiritual experience.  I hope life is going well for all of you.  I love you!  Keep up the great work!  Love, Sister Cluff.

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