Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Let Your Light Shine"

Hello everyone! 
This week was a challenge. We had a lot of lessons fall through during the whole week, and we sadly had to drop a couple of investigators. There wasnt too much that happened this week, so this will be a shorter email.
The lessons were a bit rough this week but we had a couple of traingings that went really well. Yesterday, we gave a training to the ward. Before anyone had come in we wrote up on the board, "You are not welcomed to our class today, we do not want you to come back, we will not miss you" and sat in the front ignoring every person that walked in. (Dont worry this gets a lot better) One by one people sat down, read the board, and waited in silence.The room felt so heavy. Sister Turner and I walked up to the front with straight faces and asked a member to give the prayer. After that we asked how they felt. No one spoke. After a while they explained that they felt aweful, sad, and unhappy.

 Finally sister and I put on some smiles and reworte what was on the board, "you are welcomed to our class today, we do want you to come back, we will miss you." Relief flowed into the room, and we explained that this was just a practice to show what people feel like when they are not openly and sincirely welcomed to activities. We all had a good laugh and began to discuss what we could do better to help people feel welcomed if they are new or if they havent been to church in a while. We had some really good practices with the members and they were really excited to try out some of the things they had learned such as, walk up to some one if you dont know them, introduce yourself, ask how they know the church, if they have been taking discussions from the missionaries, invite them to sit with you etc. It went so well! The spirit was there and our testimonies were built. We read in 3 Nephi 18:22-24 about inviting everyone and letting your light shine to be an example to the world. I am so grateful for the ward and for the scriptures that we have to use and to help us learn.
I love this gospel so much. I know it can get us through any difficulty or help us with any problem. Let your light shine in this dark world, be an example to everyone you meet. I love you all so much and pray for you daily. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
love, SIster Goss

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