Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"...He doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you."-Mosiah 2:24

Dear family,
Sister Despain and I are cured from the flu! Yay! We were pounding the pavement this past week, and really busy Wednesday on catching up on our investigators, seeing the people we missed and just trying to make up for lost time on Tuesday. We were so blessed too!
Saturday night was transfer calls. Sister Despain and I get to serve another transfer together up here in Ogdensburg! We are so happy about it. We have become best friends and it would've been really sad to part because we finally feel like we're getting something going up here.
President Bulloch called us Tuesday and said, "How are you two doing up there?" Then he said, "I need two Sisters to train this upcoming transfer, and you two are at the top of my list, but I want to know how you feel about your area." We counseled over the phone with him for quite awhile, and he told us how he is pleased with the work we're doing. Then he asked, if he kept us up here, what Sisters we recommended as trainers. We really didn't care to train again. So we kind of let him know. Ha ha. And above that, neither of us feel like we should be transferred. We are working with reactivating a couple people, and with that comes a lot of friend shipping and love. So, we didn't want to throw a wrench in what we have going. He told us he thinks Sister Despain and I make a great pair. But of course it was up to the Lord and we told President, we would be willing to go or do whatever he was inspired to have us.
And...He kept us up here! Woo hoo! We are way happy about it and are going to continue to seek the Lord's guidance in finding families and priesthood holders.
John Spicer is still on for his baptism, November 13th, and he is doing sooooo good! We just love him! We meet with him weekly and he's always out in front of his trailor, sitting on his wooden picnic table reading his Book of Mormon, awaiting our arrival. EVERY TIME. If he wasn't we'd think something was wrong. On Friday we taught him some of the last commandments we had to teach him in preparation for his baptism, the Law of Tithing and Observe the Law of the Fast. He committed to live both of them. We had him read in Malachi 3 where the Lord promises so great of blessings upon those who pay an honest tithing that "...there shall not be room enough to recieve it." and He was like, "I can't imagine being blessed more than I already am. I am so happy right now. I've quit coffee, tea, chewing tobacco. I just feel good!" He went on to tell us that his friends keep asking him why he's so different now. They can see the added happiness living the gospel has brought to him. It reminds me of the scripture in Mosiah, in King Benjamin's sermon that says something like, "consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God, for they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual." He says the Lord is blessing him. He told us an experience of something he lost and the spirit told him right where it was. We then testified that the God's promises to him as he lives the word of wisdom are being fulfilled--he's now more receptive to the whisperings of the spirit, as we all are when living the commandments more strictly. His countenance has changed too. It's the neatest thing to see people literally change inside and out because of living the principles of the gospel. He was at church again yesterday, just loving it! I am so grateful Heavenly Father has given me the opportunity to grow in my testimony of the gospel by helping others gain theirs.
We were led again by the spirit this past week, to another door with a receptive man on the other side. He is a father of a two year old and is searching for a church. We've been praying for Heavenly Father to lead us to potential priesthood holders, and he's been providing! He always does! There was an amazing spirit there as we taught him. He understood the apostasy so well. When we asked him, "Why would it be necessary for Christ's power to be in a church?" And he's like, "Well, it wouldn't be his church without his authorization." YES! We then taught the Restoration and he thought it was so needed and necessary that God would call a prophet to restore Christ's church with correct doctrine. He was just asking all the right questions to lead into the next principle and really seemed sincere. He prayed for his first time in years too. He felt kind of insecure (we could tell) when we invited him to pray. So we pulled out the "How to Pray" format Sister Despain made for people that don't know how to address God and close and stuff. He was really funny and in the middle of the lesson said, "I'd be in your beginner class." We told him that God wants to hear from all of us and there is no such thing as levels, or classes. He gave the most heartfelt prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for sending us to him so he can learn more about what God wants him to do in his life and for the life of his daughter. He'll be a good one. We left him with a Book of Mormon and he's praying about Joseph Smith and the priesthood.
This email is getting way too long, sorry. Yesterday we taught Primary again. Oh my, I love primary! One of my favorite things about serving in a branch is that we get to teach primary if any kids come. Our investigator, Andrea brought her 6 year old son, Dylan. We taught him about the temple and the song, "I Love To See the Temple." It was sooooo cute to hear him sing it with us. Then we colored a little temple tie. I made mine a dress :) to celebrate my one year mark in going through-- THIS SUNDAY! I loved that day, we all went to Olive Garden afterwards. I miss the temple, but I love preparing others for the day they can enter the temple. And it won't be long until I can go back again with all of you!
The leaves are falling off and it snowed the other day. Eeek! Winter is coming. We're wearing wool socks and thermals again. It's no fun, but the work goes on and it's worth it. Have a great week!
I love you!
Love, Sister Zwick
Pictures: We tracted into a lighthouse on Friday and a man lived there! We shared the gospel with him and he took us on a tour of it. We got to the very top! The picture is in the lighthouse, overlooking the St. Lawrence and Canada.
Dylan in Primary. Isn't he a doll? He'd raise his hand when we asked questions, even though he was the only one in there! Funny huh?
The bright yellow trees are my favorite!

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