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Monday, September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016

So, this week started off with lil’ King and Clegg full of life and energy and ready to take on the world. We also made a conscience decision to try and tame dogs by attempting to calm them while they’re in the fence. The first house we passed after deciding that had this cute German Shepard and he gave us a quizzical look. We're thinking that it’s going to be EASY since this dog’s already calm and 1 second after we thought that he HOPPED THE FENCE and CHASED US!! It was just like when I got attacked in my first area, the owner was this old woman who just watched and went "no, stop, don’t, please." Thankfully this time didn’t involve a flesh wound, but this dog DID grab my skirt and tank me back and bit a hole in it. I had a strong feeling this morning that I needed to wear one of my more Amish skirts, and now I know why!!

We lad a lesson with one of our investigators, K., and the stake president, who happens to be in our ward and his son is our ward mission leader. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and I have never seen someone in so much awe at it, it was the coolest experience ever! He’s been going through a lot, he was on the streets for 8 years and helps the homeless community a lot, but he feels really lost right now. That’s why I LOVE this gospel, because when people have those questions we can tell them exactly where they came from, why they’re here and where they’re going after this life. We also brought our own folding chairs since he didn’t really have any and we sat in a circle on the sidewalk, it was quite a sight to see. 

As a side note, I got to do some service at a mini zoo in town, with California native animals, and it’s the only place nearby with trees and running water and animals, and I got super homesick. Whoever is in Maryland, kiss some greenery for me please! Calm Zoo, “Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, CALM displays and interprets native California animals, plants, fossils, and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research.”

ANYWAYS, we've been meeting with a former investigator more regularly, S. He’s been going through a LOT and everything in his life just fell apart. Relationships ending, jobs being taken away, friends turning on him, it’s just been one thing after another. He went to a baptism that some other missionaries had so that he could see what it was like and the last speaker seemed to tailor his talk around him. He spoke on how God made the path to happiness and peace really simple, He asks us to read the scriptures and pray daily, go to church weekly to take the sacrament and be edified, and do our best to follow Him. It struck a chord with him, because he realized that he’s been slipping and it connected in his mind that THAT’S why his faith hasn’t been as strong and why he hasn’t been dealing with things the same. It was an amazing experience and another awesome reminder to me how the road that leads us to God and joy may be straight and narrow, but it we fall off, it is so simple that we can always hop right back on!

Anyways, we had our zone training meeting and it was all on the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was able to translate it by the gift and power of God in 65 working days, so he challenged the mission to read it in that time! That’s about 8 pages a day and we should be finished by November 14 if we stay on track. I started and even though I read it all the time I seem to be EXTRA excited this time around!! We had an amazing discussion on how it strengthened our faith in Christ and helped us through hard times. Anyways, I won’t go on forever about how much it’s blessed my life, buuuuuuut if anyone wants to JOIN us in the challenge PLEASE DO SO!! 

Sorry, I just realized I’m out of time, but I love you all!!

Sister King and Sister Clegg
Peach Cobbler Rolls
Peach Cobbler Rolls

Peach Cobbler Rolls

Take 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 Tbsp cinnamon, 1 stick butter, and juice from a can of peaches and bring to boil. Put in some peach slices. Take 1-2 peach slices and roll up in croissant, place in glass pan and pour the rest of liquid in. Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes. “Soooo good!”  Make sure that all get equal amount of crust and peach and juice.

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