Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Week 22 - Inman/Boiling Springs, SC - 12/9/13

What's up family? It's been a crazy long week and I'm excited to have a new week in front of me!

Lots of great things are happening! We are going to have not one, not two but three baptisms this week! Hallelujah! We're so pumped! Let me tell you what went down this week because as Sister Gardner describes it, we had "emotional whiplash" big time! This week has been way crazy on my emotions.

We went to see C and her kids on Tuesday in which we taught them about the Word of Wisdom. Unfortunately that was a problem for C. We talked to her about doing the 15 Step program that the church has put out for missionaries to use. It helps people stop smoking within a week... She was ready to quit but I guess something came up and she decided not to do it. It was a sad day for us missionaries.

A few days later, we returned for another appointment where we taught them about the Law of Chastity and Tithing. First of all, I want to tell you that at the end of the lesson, P prayed and his prayer was the funniest and cutest thing ever. The whole prayer was just "I'm grateful that Sister Christensen and Sister Gardner came over to teach us about tithing and chastity." Hahaha. I think that's going to be the only time anyone gives thanks for Sister Gardner and I teaching them about chastity. I loved it!

Anyway I guess after the lesson, C talked to her sister-in-law about tithing and there was a lot of misunderstandings of what tithing actually is. From that conversation, C thought that she had to donate every week and that she had to pay for her kids to be baptized. We're not quite sure how that happened... So we went back the next day to clear up any confusion she had and her kids said to us "We think we're going to wait to get baptized." It was heart breaking. Luckily the Lord loves His Sisters in Boiling Springs. After our conversation, the kids decided to be baptized even though before the lesson they were determined not to do it. Oh man. That was a tender mercy of the Lord for sure.

As for the other family on date for baptism, the M's... The grandma has been sick this whole week. She's been in and out of the hospital so her grand kids have been at her daughter's house. We haven't seen them at all in the past week so hopefully they're all still on track! We're going to try to see them this week!

Other then that, Sister Gardner and I went to the lighting up of Inman. It was decent. It was like 70 degrees which was odd for it being December and all. The thing that cracked me up the most was that they had a bubble machine that was blowing out clumps of bubbles to look like snow. It was hilarious. Hahah. Then on Saturday, we had our Ward Christmas party which was pretty great! We had a good turn out of actives, less-actives and nonmembers so I definitely consider it to be successful.

To close this email, I'll discuss the Christmas Devotional. I loved it! President Monson said something along the lines of the Spirit of Christmas is really the Spirit of Christ which is so true! It was a great reminded of what Christmas is all about! And that little boy who winked at that little girl. Oh my goodness. I died laughing because it was so cute! Hahah. Anyway, I love y'all! Have a blessed week!

-Sister Amy Christensen

Sister Gardner, C and me.
Me, Sister Gardner, S, S, K and P (who's on the floor)! K, S and P are all going to be baptized this week!
The "snow" at the lighting up of Inman.


Sister Gardner and I were clearly going crazy because of the first snow fall...

REAL SNOW! It melted half an hour later.

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