Wk #72: Happy Week :)

Here Comes Spring!
Hello lovely people!

I don't have a whole lot to report on this week, but It was a pretty good one! We were able to see a tone of Less Actives and all of our Recent Converts, and they are all definitely being blessed. We had some pretty incredible lessons that were no doubt led by the spirit. We have so many reactivations in the work this transfer, and it's a HUGE miracle! We also were able to work with the bishopric to (FINALLY) get a temple trip planned for May 7th! There are converts of a YEAR that haven't even been to the temple yet, and all of our recent converts are SO excited to go. The spirit in their excitement is out of this world. So, needless to say, the spirit of Elijah has been rockin our world this week. Oh, how my testimony of Family History has grown. I could do it all day everyday, and I can't wait until that's possible! 

We got an incredible new investigator this week from INDIA! He is so prepared. He told us that he knows that the Catholic church is NOT true. He is diligently seeking for the truth and is willing to do whatever it takes to find it. It's been awesome. His accent is a little hard to understand, but man. We are so excited! He goes back to India in a month, so we are really hoping to help him feel the spirit! 

Hunter and Willie are getting so excited for their baptism and are doing incredible. I am SO proud of Willie. He has come such a long way and man, the testimony he has gained is very touching. He is also extremely excited to go to the temple! 

The weather here has been crazy! There were lots of tornado warnings at the beginning of the week throughout the entire mission, and school was even cancelled completely on Wednesday all throughout Tallahassee because that's when we were supposed to get hit, but miraculously it jumped right over us! Talk about a tender mercy! Multiple tornadoes touched down in the mission, but we got blessed. We were so grateful. Now it's in the 70's! haha Good ole mother nature!

This week we've had the wonderful blessing of watching the Restoration movie multiple times with those we are teaching. The spirit that has filled my soul has been overwhelming has I ponder the life of Joseph Smith. I will eternally be grateful for his diligence and faith. If he would have backed down just once, we probably wouldn't have the Book of Mormon today. I am grateful for Emma and her loving support to the Prophet, Seer and Revelator. 

Elder Neil L. Andersen said, "A testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith can come differently to each of us. It may come as you kneel in prayer, asking God to confirm that he was a true prophet. It may come as you read the Prophet’s account of the First Vision. A testimony may distill upon your soul as you read the Book of Mormon again and again. It may come as you bear your own testimony of the Prophet or as you stand in the temple and realize that through Joseph Smith the holy sealing power was restored to the earth. With faith and real intent, your testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith will strengthen... 

There are great and wonderful days ahead. President Thomas S. Monson has said: “This great cause … will continue to go forth, changing and blessing lives. … No force in the entire world can stop the work of God. Despite what comes, this great cause will go forward.”

I give you my witness that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. He chose a holy man, a righteous man, to lead the Restoration of the fulness of His gospel. He chose Joseph Smith.

I testify that Joseph Smith was an honest and virtuous man, a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did appear to him. He did translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God.

In our society beyond the veil of death, we will clearly understand the sacred calling and divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In that not-too-distant day, you and I and “millions [more] shall know ‘Brother Joseph’ again.”

I too know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet in these latter days. 

I love you all! 

Sister Holmes :) 

picture- here comes spring!

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