MemberSHOCK!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Una otro semana con muchos milagros.

Today is officially my 2 month mark as a missionary. How did that time go by so fast? Who knows. It’s so great though. I am loving every second: the good times, the hard times, the energy, the exhaustion, and best of all the CHANGES we get to see in people. It’s such a blessing.

This week was really incredible. So I’ve got my journal out, and I’ll do my best to remember it all.

It’s amazing what blessings diligence and exact obedience will bring! We have have miracles every single day, and we are really seeing progress in some of our investigators. We saw a huge change in a wonderful Hispanic family during family home evening last Monday night. They are a giant family with very few active church members. I love them, and they are so hilarious! But the FHE’s weren’t previously lessons, they were hang-outs. So we have tried to change their perspective on the missionaries and teach actual lessons with them. This week, we didn’t even eat when we were at their house. We went in, their scriptures were all set out on the table in the living room where we sit, and they were ready for a lesson. The spirit was so strong as we talked about the atonement and Christ’s grace for us. It was a complete turnaround.

We also saw huge strides with Noe and Rosalinda. They are 2 investigators that we feel so strongly about. They take this gospel so seriously and really want to change their lives. I feel so blessed to know them. Last Monday night, Noe prayed for us for the first time. He said one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard in my life. He thanked Heavenly Father for sending us sisters just to check on him (he was a last-minute stop we felt we needed to make), and he asked God to help him stay on the path of righteousness…Ahhh I wish I could write down his whole prayer, he is one amazing guy. Rosalinda has now come to church twice (Noe came this week too!) and everytime I see her she has more light in her eyes. She smiles more. These changes are so visible, it’s amazing! On Wednesday, we extended baptism invitations to both of them with a date attached…June 9th. They both said they would pray about it. I’m definitely praying my hardest for these two!

Sweet little Diamond is still progressing toward her baptism date as well. The ward has been awesome with her and I know that this gospel will change her life.

Training on Tuesday went wonderfully!! It was such a special opportunity to have the spirit work through us as we came up with the MemberSHOCK, which has the potential to change the whole mission. Pres. Summerhays is already planning on us presenting it at zone conference. Our goal is to SHOCK the members by sharing lessons with them and getting out on time!

S=share the spirit

H=honest & upfront

O=our purpose

C=create member missionaries

K=keep the time.

Doing the presentation was an absolute blast!  We had the funniest role-plays! And it was even funnier because these role plays actually happened… We had sisters coming up to us after and thanking us for the help because members can put us in some awkward situations when we’re trying to be exactly obedient! It all went so well though. We even made handouts, I’ll have to send one home.

My biggest change of the week was the surprise that came on Wednesday. Hermanas Larsen, Carson, and I have been assigned to be Sister Training Leaders! This is a new leadership position that is being implemented throughout the world right now. Sister Training Leaders are basically the sister equivalent of a Zone Leader…only we’re over a full stake so that’s 2 zones. We go on 24-hour exchanges with all the sisters at least once every transfer, and report directly to President. We are there to provide comfort and guidance for them, as well as set an example. It’s such an amazing thing that will really unify the mission I think. I don’t know how long it will last because transfers are coming in a couple weeks and I could definitely be transferred out of here. But I’ll do the best I can until I find out! It’s hard not to feel inadequate when receiving an assignment like that, but I know the Lord will help me and my companions to rise to the occasion and help the sisters in our stake out. I’m really excited for it all!

I had a real change in attitude this week as well. I came on my mission thinking I was doing awesome by choosing to serve the Lord and thinking, “Wow those people in Tampa must really need what I can bring to the table.” But that is so not the case. I need them and this mission so much more than it needs me! Heavenly Father could have sent any missionaries to meet these incredible people and teach them and bring them back to the fold. But, he sent me because I needed to learn something from them. And I really am. I learn so much more from these people and from the lessons we teach than they learn from me, I’m sure of it. This mission is changing me just as quickly as we see the changes in our investigators. And the same goes for my companions. The Lord knew I needed them to help me to enjoy my mission and to uplift me. And they do that daily. I am so grateful to have companions as loving and attentive and excited to do missionary work as Hermana Carson and Larsen. We have the funniest, greatest times together. It’s like we’re just 3 best friends hanging out 24/7, working hard and preaching the gospel at the same time! Not every day is easy, but every single day has something new to learn.

Keep walking in the light of the Lord, and He will help you to find joy in all things.

I love you all so much!

amor amor amor,

Hermana Morgan Lewis

xoxoxoxoxoxo 143434343343444

**The following photos are from Sis. Summerhayes’ blog: wecanputt.blogspot.com

Hermanas Larsen, Carson, and Lewis presenting MemberSHOCK at a training meeting.

Hermanas Larsen, Carson, and Lewis presenting MemberSHOCK at a training meeting.

The new Sister Leader Trainers learning their new responsibilities from Pres. Summerhayes.

The new Sister Leader Trainers learning their new responsibilities from Pres. Summerhayes.

The first Sister Leader Trainers in the Florida Tampa Mission.

The first Sister Leader Trainers in the Florida Tampa Mission.

The Zone Leaders and The Sister Leader Trainers at our first Mission Leader Training.

The Zone Leaders and The Sister Leader Trainers at the first Mission Leader Training.

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HOLAAAAAA!!!!

April 29, 2013

HOLAAAAAA!!!

I can’t believe it’s P Day again! I’m definitely feeling the love from family, friends, and MTC district… I love you all! I honestly don’t even know what to write about at this point. We see so many miracles every single day, I wish I could recount all the miracles that happened this week. So many! Missionary work really is the best thing in the world!

I was blessed with companions who are both so obedient and excited to share the gospel.  I know that the miracles are a direct result of our obedience and willingness.  It’s amazing to watch the gospel to change people’s hearts.

The other morning we were running, and Hermana Carson saw a couple houses that she just felt so strongly about. So later that night we went to the first house. But nobody was home. So we decided to go to the second house. Two girls were outside, both about 16 years old, so we started talking to them. We had a little mini lesson about the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost, and they both seemed pretty receptive. But then we asked for references and they gave us like 6 names. While we were getting all the info, one of the references they gave us drove by us on her way home And they pulled into… the first house we went to!! So one of the girls, went to go get her friend, and we ended up having a full on Restoration lesson with all three of them! It was so cool.

Then, Hermana Carson felt inspired to share her mom’s conversion story, and those girls just were totally entranced by it. [Hna. Carson’s mom was baptized at 16 because she was looking for people who had her same values and found the church!] We told them that God is so aware of them and their situation and leads them to the answers they need. We told them we felt impressed to stop by their houses and share our message with them specifically. They loved that. Later, Hermana Larsen heard one of them say, “What a sign, right?”

There’s so many instances when we are just in the right place at the right time, and I know it all has to do with our obedience. Exact obedience is hard and perfection is impossible, but when we are honestly trying our very best to follow the Lord’s plan with exactness, we receive miracles. It’s as simple as that.

The members here are all trying their best to do what they believe is right and the branch really has stepped up a lot. We had 6 INVESTIGATORS in church yesterday, and it turned out to be one of the best sacrament meetings we’ve had yet! The spirit was really strong in the whole meeting, which was such a blessing because for 3 of them it was their first time at church.

I think the most amazing thing has been to be able to look at investigators and see them for their potential, not for what they are at the moment. Like I looked at Rosalinda yesterday and just saw her as a sister missionary! It happens with everyone though. I see missionaries, Relief Society presidents, worthy priesthood-holding fathers, young men, young women…I see the effect they would have on people if they not only accepted the gospel, but became immersed in it. And the change is incredible! We really don’t see our own true potential as children of a Heavenly King. But it is amazing to get a glimpse of that potential in the people we serve.

There’s definitely hard days here. There’s times when the adversary just works on us and we feel discouraged and hopeless. There’s times when stress just sets in and it seems like nothing is going right. There’s times when I can’t even keep my eyes open I’m so tired. But it only lasts for a little bit. Right when I’m about to break, we’ll have an amazing lesson or be part of a miracle for someone, or see a change in an investigator that just brings the spirit so strong. And the spirit of Christ is what heals our souls and eases our burdens.

This mission has been such a blessing! I have gained so much perspective on the way I want to live for the rest of my life. I can’t imagine not being here at this point. I’m doing my best to enjoy each and every second because I know it’s only a short time I get to do this. But I am so grateful for every single day.

Amor!

Hermana Lewis

Xoxoxoxo

P.S. We’re presenting in the sister training meeting tomorrow. It’s on “How to share a lesson (not just a spiritual thought) with members.”  Pray for us!!

Hermanas Carson, Lewis, and Larsen enjoying a banana, almond milk smoothie!

Hermanas Carson, Lewis, and Larsen enjoying a banana, almond milk smoothie!

Another yummy, almond milk smoothie!

Another yummy, almond milk smoothie!