Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission // April 2014-October 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 59

Helloooooooo!!!! It is almost summer time here in Florida (as per usual) because this week I got SUN BURNED!!!! We've been blessed to be able to bike almost every day. Let me just say, I will not forget sunblock ever again. EVER!

Teaching when we find has been something that we've worked on this past week. When the Spirit was strong we made sure to testify of the Restoration and then, if the Spirit directed, we taught a short lesson using the pamphlet. We noticed that people who had been prepared recognized the Spirit as we taught. Consequently we were blessed with quite a lot of New Investigators. It was great to replenish our teaching pool, however, throughout the week these once elect investigators let other things pull their attention away from meeting with us. It is quite interesting to see, as a missionary, the impact it has on peoples lives and the decisions they make when they do not have the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I am forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for that gift that he has given me in my life. 

On Friday we had a few extra minutes at the end of the night. We decided to look at the ward map and pick a family to go visit whom we had never met. We prayed about a name that stuck out to us and went right away. When we arrived we began to talk to the couple that was sitting on the driveway. They explained that the woman we were looking for had gone to Colorado for the summer, but that he (the man) was her son. He was less active and his wife was not a member. They had been looking for a church youth group for their fourteen year old daughter and we bore our testimonies about our experiences in Young Women's. We also shared the video "He Lives" with them and they agreed to come to church. 

Last night we were visiting a Less-Active member and taught about the Book of Mormon. I noticed that every concern he had or problem that he was going through linked back to the lack of scripture reading in his life. It reminded me of this scripture that I read this past week:

"[W]hosoever will hearken unto my words and repenteth and is baptized, the same shall be saved. Search the prophets, for many there be that testify of these things." (3 Nephi 23:5)

The chapter continues with Jesus expounding the scriptures to the Nephites and explaining the importance of recording the things that the Spirit directs them to record. 

Sorry this email is pretty short....my companion and I got sick this past week at the same time. Comp unity. Don't worry, we're fully recovered. :)

Sincerely, Sister Matheson.

p.s. I love you all so SO much!!!

Our re-enactment of this picture...

Our lipgloss is poppin'

The picture doesn't do it justice.

Sometimes she gets hungry...

PRESTON street!

Thanks for the package Miriam!!

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