Life is great serving with the YSA. We definitely travel a lot more than I previously did since we cover the entire county rather than just a city but it is super cool because Florida is so diverse and I remember that more every time. It's because of how diverse Florida and how cold it has been this past week that I've titled this email "No 2 Snowflakes are Alike". Now you're probably thinking I'm crazy for thinking that Florida is cold and a month ago I would have thought the same. However, it has been super cold like down in the 50s (Port St. Lucie even hit 31).
January 19: Today we had a zone activity where it was a birthday bash and it was so much fun playing classic birthday party games (pinata, hide and go seek, sardines, etc.). Man it was so much fun and I truly love the zone and district I'm in because everyday is a party with them.
January 20: Today we had an amazing World Wide Mission Broadcast where missionaries all over the world got together in their separate places to hear the inspired words from our church leaders. It was amazing because they focused on how we can find new people to teach while we help those that have fallen away from the church. This is exactly what I'm doing here. Our branch has 40 active members but we have 400 names on our branch list of people who should be here. Now granted some of these 400 have moved away but there are still so many out there who need to be reminded of God's love for them and as we bring them back and find new people we will truly help this branch grow.
January 21: Today we took my Recent Convert Bory out knocking with us and it was absolutely amazing. We knocked on the door of a less active member and her mother answered the door. The mother only speaks spanish, Sister Erickson knows a little spanish, and I know almost no spanish, but Bory is cuban and knows spanish. It truly was the biggest blessing to have him there with us because he could communicate with this member while we as the missionaries could not. Turns out this member had been praying for the missionaries in her ward to come visit her and they hadn't for whatever reason and instead these two YSA missionaries knocked on her door instead. Truly amazing how the Lord works through us to help his children.
January 22: Today it poured rain all day and so we went out to find all of the less actives and find out who has moved. It was amazing how the Lord led us to the right people as we were able to find out who still lives there and be able to invite them back, because of this we were able to find new people to teach as well as help members come back.
January 23: Today was truly a miracle of being where the Lord needed us when he needed us. Because of this we visited a less active who works all the time and is never home, but he was home when we visited and he is coming to church tomorrow. We went to go contact a referral and she wasn't home but Nina was and she needed a prayer right then and she is going to church tomorrow in the West Palm ward. God is so good and he truly helps his missionaries to be where he needs us to.
January 24: Today was amazing. This past week we were praying about how we could get the branch excited to do missionary work in their own lives and we were just stuck on what we needed to do. Well God took care of us and called in the all-star team. We had branch council where our stake leaders came to instruct us and their topic was all about missionary work and how we can do missionary work in our own lives. They pointed out that if everyone brought one friend to church and if all those friends talked with the missionaries as statistics show about a third of those would be baptized. That would be a lot of work for me and Sister Erickson but we would absolutely love it! Even cooler though Bory wants to serve a mission and is starting to figure out now what he needs to do to serve as soon as he can. But even better than that he was talking to his Mom and Step-Dad about the gospel and he is taking them both to church and he asked us for a Spanish BoM to give to his Step-Dad. Wow how amazing is that!!!
I know that the Lord truly loves all of his children and that all he wants is for us to be truly happy. I love you all and I hope you have a good week.
Love, Sister Jennings