So the subject is right, it was 80 degrees here in Wilmington the other day! If Novembers could just be like this in Salt Lake! It has been beautiful!
Last Monday after I wrote my letter, some of the other sister missionaries in this area took me to the beach for my birthday! It was a lot of fun. Obviously we couldn't get in the water, but seeing the coast was beautiful, and it was nice to have a change of scenery. All in all I had a really nice birthday, well as nice as it could be away from everyone that I love.
I am saddened to tell all of you that I participated in my first bible bash here in the south. I resolved to not be involved, and to walk away from anyone that wanted to get in an argument, but this one creeped up from out of no where. My companion and I were eating our sack lunches out side of the church and this man walking home from the University came by and starting talking to us. Naturally we got into the subject of our religion and he went on to tell us that he actually hated all mormons. I got a little defensive and started asking why and I started making similarities to what he believed with what I believed. He did not like that one bit. We got into the topic of the Godhead and how we believe them to be three separate individuals. I brought up Jesus' baptism and Stephen. Well..... I just should have kept my mouth shut. I was trying to tell him about our gospel in the wrong way. I definitely learned my lesson about pride. Oh and by the way my companion was just laughing at me the whole time.
We are teaching one investigator right now. We are doing everything that we can think of to find more people to teach, so keep praying for us. Anyway, this investigator is GREAT! She has been through A LOT of struggles in her life but I seriously love her. We taught her a few days ago about the word of wisdom and she was so overwhelmed. She knew the truth of it and could see the value and the importance of the commandment, but she had no idea how she was going to overcome her addictions. It is really hard teaching a commandment that I have had no experience in. I have never had an addiction with those substances so I have no idea what it is like trying to overcome them. But what I do know is that the Savior knows EXACTLY how it feels, and exactly how to help individuals that choose to rely on him. I am so glad that I am not a representative of myself, and that I am a representative of Jesus Christ, the perfect person and the perfect example to follow.
One of my favorite quotes for the week: "Don't shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM."
I hope you all have a fabulous week. I pray for you every day and truly wish the best for everyone. I know that God knows each of his children individually and is mindful of our weaknesses and shortcomings. Thanks for all of your support and love.
Love you all!