Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello Everyone!
This week has been a busy one!  We've had a lot to do which is good and tiring.  I am reminded how important a day of rest is.  Equally important is spending the rest of our time working hard!  Lately, a lot of people have been dropping us which is sad, but Heavenly Father's been blessing us with more people to teach.  On Monday we had a really powerful restoration lesson with Sheryl, the daughter of an inactive member.  During general conference, a theme that stuck out to me was trusting in the Lord even when we don't fully understand.  Logically, we should have given up on Sheryl a long time ago, but for some reason, we kept trying to see her.  Now we can see that was the Spirit pushing us in her direction because she has been so prepared.  The Spirit was so strong and she said that she has only felt that way a handful of times in her life.  She committed to be baptized and is excited to learn more!  I can't wait to continue teaching her! 
I was able to attend Mission Leadership Council this week, and it was great to be able to learn from President Griffin.  You can tell that he wants to do whatever the Lord tells him and that he wants to help us be the best missionaries we can be.  It was a good meeting. 
Chuck came to church this week!  He loved that the kids were all in the service with the adults.  He's still struggling to decide if he wants to change or not-- he often tells us he's too old to change (he's 86!)  but he's so close to realizing that the gospel is true, we don't want to give up on him. Change is always hard, especially when you are comfortable.  But as Alma tells us, it's better to humble ourselves instead of waiting to be compelled to be humble.
The leaves are starting to change slowly and we are excited for the day when all the leaves will be fall colors!  But I'm just enjoying the beautiful weather for now-- I'm not a fan of the cold! 
I love you all and thanks for everything you do!
Sister Hales

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