Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 68

Happy December 1st!

I have never seen Thanksgiving decorations disappear so fast! Haha! Everyone has lights on their homes and big inflatable in their yards. You can definitely feel the holiday spirit! However, with all the hustle and bustle in the air we often forget the true meaning of Christmas. I invite all of you to checkout this website, He is the Gift. We've been sharing this video every chance we get and I invite you to watch it as well!

In church yesterday, Sister Dean and I spoke about member missionary work.  I love Elder Bednar's talk from this past October General Conference, titled Come and See. His talk is addressed to individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Here is a part of what I shared over the pulpit.

"Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have been and always will be valiant missionaries. A missionary is a follower of Christ who testifies of Him as the Redeemer and proclaims the truths of His gospel.

Latter-day Saints take seriously this responsibility to teach all people in all nations about the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. We believe the same Church founded by the Savior anciently has been reestablished on the earth by Him in the latter days. The doctrine, principles, priesthood authority, ordinances, and covenants of His gospel are found today in His Church.

When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries, we are not trying to sell you a product. As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest. We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church. And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do. We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself if the things we are sharing with you are true.

Some of you may respond, “But I already believe in Jesus and follow His teachings,” or “I am not sure if God really exists.” Our invitations to you are not an attempt to diminish your religious tradition or life experience. Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy—and test our message. Just as Jesus beckoned two of His disciples to “come and see” (John 1:39), so we urge you to come and see if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enlarges and enriches that which you already believe to be true."

Isn't this talk great?! As members and missionaries, we are inviting others to hear restored truths and to act for themselves by studying, pondering and praying to know if these things are true.

Our investigator from Montana came to church too! I was so excited to see her! She's so sweet. We're taking her to Temple Square next week to tour the Visitor's Center. We can't see the lights, but that's okay because I LOVE going to the Visitor's Center, I seriously wouldn't mind being a Temple Square Sister because they have so many visual aids to help in their teaching. It's ahhh-mazing!

Thanksgiving was good! We had multiple invitations, but we had just one dinner and two rounds of desserts. Then of course, we were sent home with leftovers. We drop off little thank you notes and goodies to all of Bishops as well.

Thankfully we haven't had any more snow, but we've been seeing a lot of deer! Eek!

Have a blessed week!

Sister Olszowka

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