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You know you're a missionary when you say things like: "After this service project, can we please go straight home and change into normal clothes?!" Skirts *are* normal clothes. Don't judge Tender mercies are everywhere! Take a look. Once you make a habit of looking for them, and recording them, you'll see them everywhere! Talking about our tender mercies is my favorite part of the day We spent a lot of time this week in preparation for B.'s big day! Her brother drove down from Ohio with his sweetheart for the baptism and confirmation. They really have an awesome story. B. and her brother were separated when they were fairly young and lost contact with each other for about 50 years. B. adopted and her brother ended up going to foster care. Finally they got in touch with each other! They've been in touch since, but hadn't seen each other for 2-3 years until the baptism. Cool story, right?! Also, B. a rockstar. We all know that we experience opposition when we take big strides to do what's right. Her opposition was her leg surgery. She was supposed to go in Friday, a week before her baptism, but it was delayed til Monday. She was in a LOT of pain and couldn't put any pressure on her bad leg for 4 days. Til Friday. Thursday night her leg wasn't getting any better, but she was determined to get baptized. Friday morning, it was still really hard for her, but she came and we helped her in and out of the font. Much like Sister Bray's baptism, actually. She's a miracle! That's for sure! The longer I'm here the more obvious it is that Father in Heaven is blessing me with the opportunity to take part in the joy these people experience. Every baptism I've been a part of has been handed to me, I feel. Yes, we are obedient and we work hard. But when these people are ready, they. are. ready! B's brother and his wife were so sweet. They took B. out to get some new dresses, and they're ordering her a large print quad *and* a subscription to the Ensign! These people are so amazing. B.'s home situation isn't the best or the easiest, and her brother is seeing that it improves. And we'll be there every step of the way! We invited two of our other investigators, R. & TA to come to the baptism and they said they'd be there for sure! While we were helping B. get ready I remember not hearing their voices in the other room and I thought to myself, "Well. I guess they're just another couple of investigators that fail to keep their commitments..." When we wheeled B. into the chapel, there they were! Talking with Elder and Sister Elder and with big ole smiles on their faces! They really enjoyed it! TA seems interested and willing to learn about the gospel. Momma D. is still our rock star! She's always watching out for us, and making sure we're alright. I've never felt more loved and watched over than in this area. You'd be amazed at how many people tell us that if anything happens or if we need anything, to go to their home. And it's not just members either. Complete strangers while we're tracting will make sure we've got everything we need. I. love. the. South! Oookay. Back to D. She's so excited, not only for her baptism, but for the temple! We'll talk to her more about that this week Another investigator, B., has a soft commitment to get baptized on June 14th as well. We've taught her the 1st two lessons, and now that she is learning, her husband wants to, too. Sooooo we're gonna have a big party lesson this week with a member family, D., B. and her husband & we'll review the Restoration with the infamous DVD! As we check up with the members and their 21 day challenge, they're beginning to see how they can help! What they can do, and people they can talk to! They are so amazing! They are such strong members always willing to do whatever they need to to help out. These people know how to accept an assignment and put their whole heart into it. I could learn a thing or two from them Oh my heck. I almost forgot about our investigator M.!! Okay. So we were tracting this kinda country road when all of the sudden we're in Toon Town of Disneyland! But really though! We see this old fashioned gas station and another building right next to it. This guy was in the garage working on his car so we went up to him and met our new best friend, M.! He was super nice! After a minute of talking, we asked him where in the world we were and he told us that it's his favorite hobby to restore things. And now that he's retired, that's what he does all day! He showed us around his little shop and it was so great. I can't even begin to tell you! We didn't have our cameras on us, but we're totally going back to take pics! My favorite thing that he does is he takes the back of an old car... and turns it into a couch! A couch!!!! I sat on one. It was cool. You'll die when you see it. Sis Reese and I seriously felt like we had died and gone to heaven. Or that we were at Disneyland. Same difference, haha He told us that if anyone was mean to us or wouldn't listen to our message, to take them to him and he'd straighten them out. I almost asked him if he just wanted to come tracting with us, haha. Having fun as a missionary, or in life in general is so important I like to think that Father in Heaven sees the funny things we do and has a good laugh, too. Preach My Gospel Epiphany- Rely on the Spirit to know what to pray for (pg 94). When we pray, and truly listen to the Spirit, He guides our prayers and builds our faith. A few weeks back we had a super busy Pday. Pdays are always busy and it's tough to find new investigators and other people to talk to because we don't do as much tracting on Mondays, especially when it's dark (thank goodness it's staying lighter longer!). I'd really been working on this aspect of my prayers and Monday morning I remember asking for unforeseen opportunities to find people to talk to that day. We spent some time with Momma D. and she needed to go to Walmart. So we went with her and she knew the whole place! It was fantastic. I saw those opportunities as tender mercies, people that the Lord put in our path because of a prayer in faith. When I pray like that, I feel like the purpose of prayer is truly fulfilled, not to "change the will of God but to secure for ourselves blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them" (BD prayer). It truly aligns our will with His. I have a lot more to learn about prayer, but I am grateful for the things that Father in Heaven has taught me thus far We're working hard! We're doing our best! And the Lord is blessing us like crazy! I sure love it here. So. much. love Til next week! ~Sister Jacobs
Momma D. She made us lunch a few Pdays ago
We went on an adventure this week.
B's baptism. Brother, B., Me and Sister Reese.