Monday, April 9, 2012

Week 34

April 9, 2012

Hi family!
Happy Easter!! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter sabbath day and were able to think about the Savior and all that He has done for us!
Wow, another completely miracle filled week!! We are being soo blessed right now!
I know you are all curious about the craziness that has been going on with my eyes so I'll give you the update on that first then I'll go into the better details of the week. I went back to the eye doctor on Friday. The doctor I have been going to is an opthamologist. This last check-up my eye vision wasn't any better so she ran a few more tests. The most important test was the corneal topography where they found out that I have a "steep cornea" in my right eye. The doctor also said that I have stage 1 of keratoconus in my right eye. Meaning I have irregular thinning of the lower cornea. I just have a little bit in my left eye, but both are pretty blurry. I'm getting used to not being able to see a ton from further distances. Mostly everything is slightly blurry though. She said it could be treated with gas permeable (hard) contacts. Right now I'm waiting for the office to send in my test results to the overall mission doctor so that he can take a look at it and determine if I need to go to a cornea specialist. They also said that my eyes are really dry and not producing many tears so when I blink the liquid quickly evaporates. She said there are different variables taking place in my eyes so its hard to determine exactly what is going on. And there you have it! That's as much as I know about what's going on with my eyes. This whole transfer I have been wearing my glasses and seeing everything with a blur. Good times!
 BUT I think because if this and also many other factors... (like faith, hard work, obedience, and many prayers) we are seeing so many miracles!!! Heavenly Father is literally dropping people right in our arms to teach!!! :)
Here's a summary of a few different experiences we've had this week:
  • Matt & Amy- a cute, younger couple who we tracted into a few weeks ago. We stopped by their place with a member earlier this week and Matt immediately let us in to teach them. We were able to get to know them better and really just teach to his needs. He has been looking for a church to go to and when we asked what he was looking for he basically described the LDS church. We were able to share the restoration of the gospel with him and he was soaking it up and participating a lot when we asked questions. The wife was there but mostly playing with the baby to avoid having to participate. haha! Something I have really come to know the past couple weeks is that there is POWER in Joseph Smith's experience with seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the grove of trees when they answered his prayer. Every time we share his experience in his own words with the people we are teaching they always feel the Spirit. Matt said he felt really warm and calm as we shared Joseph's experience. He thanked us so much for coming to see him and his family and said he really needed that because he was flying out the next morning to see his dad before he passed away. Matt said he needed to feel peace and God's love. He was grateful for God's timing in sending us. (and so were we! What a blessing!) Him and his wife are now set to be baptized on May 29th. I feel like they have a lot of potential and really desire to come closer to God because they haven't been really religious.
  • Ayn (pronounced Ann) She is AMAZING!!!!!!!! This is who I'm talking about when I mentioned Heavenly Father is literally putting people right in our arms to teach. Wednesday night we got a call from the bishop of our ward saying Ayn came to the building and said she wanted to meet with the missionaries, take the lessons, and be baptized. I was the one on the phone talking to him and I think there was a moment of silence after he said that because I was in shock! Then I was just super happy and excited of course! We were able to meet Ayn the next day!! She is incredible and soooo prepared! She is Jewish, born and raised. Her boyfriend is Mormon but isn't too active. She became interested and read the Book of Mormon in 9 days and has read Mormonism for Dummies. She loves both books! haha!! Ayn is ridiculously smart... she got a perfect score in the SAT in high school. She is in her early 30's, very cute, HILARIOUS, loud, outgoing, and very humble. You wouldn't be able to guess she was a genius because she is really laid back. She is a pro at the Old Testament. And who knew there were so many similarities between the Jewish faith and the LDS faith! (besides the the belief in Christ.) They hold a lot of the same beliefs and practices. Me and Sister Robertson feel very blessed to have the opportunity to teach her and get to know her. She is such a great person and really desires to follow God in any way. She came to church on Sunday for the 1st time and loved it. She got along with everyone and is the type to be able to talk to anybody and have them laughing in a heart beat. I love her so much!! We had a 2 lessons with her this week and last night (Sunday) her and her bf came to the trail center to watch the Testaments movie. We just happened to be there when they randomly showed up!
  • Guess what?!! Courtlyne was baptized on Thursday!! YAY!!!!!!!! She sent me a letter saying how happy she was and what a great service it was. She said she really wished I could've been there but understand why I couldn't have been. She said she was really grateful that I could play a big role in her conversion. I am so grateful for this experience in being able to teach Courtlyne, even if I wasn't there for her baptism. I was able to be there for her during all of her ups and downs and we shared some really special and sacred experiences together. I feel honored to have been able to been apart of that.
  • I had exchanges on Thursday where I was able to go to another area for a day with 2 other sisters. So for the day I got to see what it was like to be apart of a trio (3 sisters together). Honestly, it felt pretty weird. haha! We would be street contacting people and talking to whoever we saw and it felt odd to have, what felt like, a mob of us sisters go to talk to someone. It was hilarious! It was also really cool during lessons though because we were all able to bounce around different ideas and you have different perspectives. Overall it was a good day!
  • Easter was great! I loved being able to totally focus on the Savior. It was a very special Easter in that regard. We had a great church service and then afterwards we spend the rest of the evening at the Trail Center. We had the "on call" shift, where we are at call center, calling our referrals. But we also got to give a tour because a less-active young man from our ward that we tracted into and found a few weeks ago came! That was an awesome tour that both me and Sister Robertson got to take together. He moved from UT about 6 months ago and hasn't been to church the whole time but came yesterday after we invited him! Yay! That was really exciting! :)
I hope you all are doing great!! Sounds like life is going well and keeping you all busy! Time is flying by here in Nebraska! It's already very green here and the weather has been super nice! No complaints! Thanks for all of your prayers and support. I love you all!
-Sister Jones


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