Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 5 - August 14, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Once again this last week in Arlington has been amazing! The Lord's hand is in everything and it's so cool to see!

We had another lesson with Bob and it went really well! It was also really sad because he told us since he isn't religious he doesn't really feel that God loves him. That broke my heart! We challenged him to pray to Heavenly Father and ask to feel His love. He said he will and I know God will answer him. The power of prayer is life-changing! If you haven't done this yourself I suggest you do. It will change your life and your life will be much more positive when He answers you.

We also had a lesson with Wesley! I love Wesley! He had a few questions about the chapter we asked him to read about the Plan of Salvation so we helped him with that. Oh my gosh he's amazing! We asked him if he's continued to pray and ponder about baptism and invited him to be baptized on September 9th. He said he had a question about it but he needed to leave so we couldn't answer it now. (Stinking adversary! 😒) But we asked if he could give us a hint. He said it has to do with timing. We'll see on Thursday! I know he'll be ready by September 9th!

Okay now I'm sure you're wondering about the title. We are now heading into week 5 of the transfer and as many of you know transfers are every 6 weeks. That means this is our last full week as a trio. It's really surprising when a trio lasts more than 3 weeks in this mission (missionaries leave early and they need to find a replacement,) so we have been so blessed to have been a trio this whole transfer. We're going to end it with a bang! These two crazy sisters have blessed my life so much! We don't know what's going to happen this week but whatever happens is what the Lord wants.

I was pondering the other day about a question we've been asked a lot lately. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" We all ask that! It's a human question to have. I saw a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Southern Utah represent!) the other day and it said, "Not expecting trials just because you're a good person is like not expecting a bull to chase you because you're a vegetarian!" Now how true is that? We all face difficulties unique to us and none of them are easy. When we are in those times rather than asking, "God why are you doing this to me?" ask "God what do you want me to learn from this?" The key is to turn to Him not away from Him. He's always there and He's always listening. We all face trials for a reason and we all learn something from them and come out of them stronger than ever before. Don't give up! Don't you quit! Don't think God has abandoned you because He hasn't! He's always there.

I love all of you and hope you have a great week! Remember who you are and who created you! Love y'all! ❤️

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

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