Monday, October 10, 2016

Lots of pictures!

This week was so much better than last week!!! It is amazing how much
happier you are as a missionary when you are focused on the work!

I don't know if I told you last week or not, but in the Highland stake
there are 9 wards we cover, and one of them is Samoan, hence the
excited pictures with my Samoan name tag, and my Micronesian skirt
from sister Mallarme to match 😊
So the Samoan Ward covers the whole west side of the valley basically,
and since we don't have a car we haven't been able to do much work in
that Ward. And we were told the bishop was sad to have sisters since
he can't go on splits with us... so this Sunday we went to his Ward
council at 7am and got to know him, and he was so nice to us!!! He is
so missionary minded and really wants to share the gospel!! Then we
went to their sacrament meeting at 9am, and it was so good!!! It was
partly English and partly Samoan, we sang all the hymns in Samoan 😊
it was fast and testimony meeting and I felt the spirit so strongly
because everyone's testimony was SO centered on Jesus Christ and His
sacrifice for us, and just so humble and sincere! Every time someone
got up to share their testimony, they started with "Brothers and
sisters, Talofa!!! " which means hello, and the entire congregation
responded back, TALOFA! Haha it was so great! I was almost shaking it
was so powerful! After sacrament meeting we had a lesson with two
recent converts and the bishop in his office! He is so amazing, and so
bold! He was really getting onto one of them about reading his
scriptures and he said "I'm on your nerve, but that's okay I wanna be
because if I make you mad I know you're gonna go do the thing that I
ask you to. When I get to the judgement day and Heavenly Father asks
me "did you love Jeremy?" I'm gonna say yes! But when he says "so did
you teach him the truth?" I'm not gonna say "no I was scared he might
get upset with me..." I loved that! It is so true! It is a different
culture, and I love it! We went to 3 Ward councils and got to know a
lot more people yesterday too, then in the evening we went out to
visit people with Bishop Levao from the Samoan Ward and his wife. It
was so good! They were playing K-love in the car ❤️❤️❤️ and we visited
like 5 different families in 2 hours, we were in and out and to the
point, and it was so powerful! He told everyone who wasn't coming to
church, "I'm not inviting you to come back to church, that's just a
building, I'm inviting you to come back to the Savior!" SO GOOD!!!

We've also been spending a lot of time with the Ward family this week!
They are amazing and we love them so much already! John said that if
he knew this message was true he would be baptized! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ now we are
going to do everything we can to help him get that answer, through
reading scriptures and praying and coming to church! 😊

As we were coming back from the Samoan Ward visits this week, we
passed by the West Jordan east stake, on redwood road, and my heart
broke into little pieces! As I saw canal road that I ran on every
morning for 7 months, and passed by the apartments and the stake
center and I realized I would probably never ride my bike around
sharing the gospel again πŸ˜₯ but I also realize that the relationships
I formed there will last a life time and I am so so sooo grateful and
blessed with this opportunity to know and love so many of God's
children the way that He does ❤️

I love you all and hope you have a great week!
❤️ Sister Kirkpatrick

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