Friday, January 2, 2015

Week #19 - January 2nd, 2015

Sister Sughroue
Last Night of the Lights on Temple Square 2014

Sister Sughroue & Beth Leichty
(Last tie I saw her is when we both
lived in Ames, Iowa and I was 2!)
It was the last week with the lights on at Temple Square!!! So things are really about to slow down, which means we are back to our regular schedule and more online teaching time! I don't mind because it is cold and snowy ahahah. We met some people and when they found out I was from Temecula they freaked out and showed me a picture of the snow you got!!! That's crazy! We got plenty of snow here its so cold.... I think they should turn the reflection pool into an ice skating rink, I know,...genius idea.

We started showing "Meet the Mormons" in the Legacy Theater and on Temple Square today! The missionary department came and gave our whole mission training this week to prepare for it. Again just another amazing tool we have here to help introduce and share the gospel to all the visitors. And no matter where they come from they will be able to relate to at least one of the stories because they are so diverse! 
Christmas Lights on Temple Square 2014
A stake dropped off boxes of Book of Mormons
filled with testimonies and pictures of members
 for us to hand out! when I gave one
to someone this week their heart melted
when they read the sunbeams short,
simple but powerful testimony!

Belgianka is from Ireland and we have been teaching her and I guess her family.... because every time we call her, siblings gather around the phone and we end up talking to them too. Belgianka is 16, her Sisters Stella is 20 and Larrissa is 14. They all want to be baptized on January 31st! So we are helping them get there! They are so amazing and have such a strong desire to be baptized and come closer to Christ. They have progressed so much over the past month, so I have faith they will all be able to reach their goal. They get so excited when we call to teach and we do too! 

Nick's Baptism - Ukraine
December 21st, 2014
Nick's Baptism
Little miracle this week. Short story version.... It was late the other night and we only had 40 minutes left on Square. We had planned to go to the Reflection pool in daily planning the night before... I looked at Sister Chen and said "I must not have been thinking last night it is freezing and we planned to go outside?!" WE walked over there anyways and the crowd was leaving to go home, so we were saying goodnight to everyone. And then 3 college aged peeps came running back up to us and asked us about Heaven. We began to have a really good discussion which led straight into the Plan of Salvation, we took them into South Visitor Center and ended up answering a ton of their questions and giving them a Book of Mormon. Two were baptist one was a mormon, the two baptist said they would read the Book of Mormon to know for themselves and they said they felt good about everything they had learned. They had such sincere to desire to learn more about the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know they felt the Spirit and their hearts were softened.  We will hopefully be keeping in touch with them soon. We may not be able to see what comes of this, but I have faith the Lord will guide their paths, and when they meet missionaries back home they will open the door because of the experience they had at Temple Square. When we got home Sister Chen looked at me and said, "See Sister Sughroue the Lord was just proving you wrong!" She was right, clearly we were led by the Spirit to plan and go to the Reflection pool that night and that time! I know we must be led by the Spirit at all times, especially in daily planning. When we are in tune we will     be able to cross paths with those the Lord has prepared for us to meet and teach!

Dallin & Britt Starr
Sister Sughroue
Darby Maloney & Sister Sughroue
Sister Chen and are having a blast! We continue to work hard and testify all day long. We might not always be able to see the fruits of our labor but that doesn't discourage us. We do our best to plant as many seeds of faith as we can, and even help those that may be weak that come to Temple Square. So grateful for the members who bring their nonmember friends to Temple Square, keep up the member missionary work!

I hope everyone had an amazing New Year! I am so excited to be on my mission this year, I hope to become more like the Savior and the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I hope we all can strive to be more like Christ everyday(:

Much Love, 
Sister Sughroue

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