Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission // April 2014-October 2015

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 19

Hi there!!! I can't believe it's p-day again...I always say that, but it's true. The days are long, but the weeks are short. I hope you're all doing well and getting excited about school..muahaha I don't have to deal with that yet. I just get to share the gospel here in Florida. ;) 

I studied about charity this week. One of the greatest things I've learned so far on my mission is what charity means. When you have charity for all of God's children you can see the potential in them. You are filled with compassion, patience, and mercy. You are willing to sacrifice in their behalf. The Savior was the ultimate example of charity. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:3). 
As I've been reading the war chapters in Alma, I am in awe for how much Charity Moroni and his people had. He loved God and his people so much that he was willing to go to war to defend them and their rights. Even when they had the opportunity to kill their enemies, Moroni chose not to for "he did not delight in murder or bloodshed, but he delighted in the saving of his people from destruction; and for this cause he might not bring upon him injustice, he would not fall upon the Lamanites and destroy them in their drunkenness." (Alma 55:19). 

Yesterday we were Harvesting for a good while before meeting any really solid people. We were walking down the sidewalk when Sister Nimer said, "Let's go talk to that guy with the dreads". We walked up to him and said hi. Before we could say anything else he said, "You two must be messengers from God sent to give me a message. I can tell because of the smile on your faces. I can see it in your eyes". We talked to him for a while and then offered the prayer. He sang us a worship song and told us how he wanted to be a better person for God and knew he was a son of God. He accepted baptism! We wanted to pray with his wife as well, but she was inside with their sick baby boy. We walked away and prayed with a few more people. As we were trying to find one more person to pray with we saw a woman down the street. When we started talking to her she told us that she was the wife of the man we had just prayed with. She accepted a prayer and baptism as well. They're moving out of our area, but God still put them in our path so that we could find them. 

Random Stories from this week:

-The Elders overheard Sister Nimer and I talking about how we want to eat healthy and get in shape. They decided they wanted to help us out and be our "personal trainers" aka telling us what workouts work best. Anyways, Tuesday was leg day and the rest of the week we could barely walk we were so sore! 
-Sadrac received the Holy Ghost this week! He showed up to church in a suit and tie, looking super professional. He is so solid in the gospel! So many members came up and congratulated him, welcoming him into the ward. 
-We were Harvesting in an apartment complex one night and no one was answering their doors! We saw some little kids playing basketball by a park so we decided to go give them mormon.org cards. As we were walking away I saw the basketball sitting in the grass. I picked it up, walked onto the court,
and made a basket like a boss.
(secretly I was praying so hard that it would go in).
All the kids went, "ooooohhhhhhhhh that was awesome!!!"
Sister Nimer and I just walked off like, "that's right. that just happened". haha

Love you all!! p.s. Happy (early) Birthday Ainslee and (late) Birthday Preston! I love you so much. I can't believe how old you've gotten. Stop it;)

Sister Matheson

pic 1: There are bodies of water everywhere here! It is so gorgeous!!
pic 2&3: When we got home and started planning Thursday night It was pouring!!! There were rivers running through the streets. We heard a knock on our door and Elder Bailey said, "You're gonna want to see this. We looked around the corner and the other Elders splashed us with rain water they had collected in Tupperware containers. We had an epic water fight in the rain and got soaked!!!  
pic 4: Sister Heintz takes us to lunch every Friday. We love her!
Pic 5: Florida...


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