This really is the perfect way to Title this week. The Lord has not forgotten me, you or anyone else. I really know that is true! I have felt that so strongly this week!
This week did not go as we planned in any way! In fact everything that could have gone wrong, did! In the space of about 2 days, we had like 4 investigators drop us. We have also had half of them not responding to our messages, not answering the phone and not answering the door. Oh and we had a very trying weekend with one of our investigators. It was really tough and there were definitely points of this week where I wondered if I would be able to even make it to the end of the week with my sanity in tact! Or as in tact as it was at the start of the week. But I have really felt the strengthening power of the Saviour's atonement this week. I have truly felt like the person in the poem 'Footprints in the Sand' with my Saviour literally carrying me.
This week I read a lot of conference talks because we have a lot of ensigns in our flat! I really really love reading the words of the Prophets! They are just so good! One of the talks that I read this week was 'The Lord has Not Forgotten You' by Linda S. Reeves. I absolutely loved it. I read it the morning after we had had a really tough day and it was just so amazing and seriously felt like it was done just for me to read this week! It was fantastic! And there is a part that just hit me really hard. "Mollie is not alone! Mollie is my daughter! I am her Father! She is a very important daughter in my family, and she is never alone!" I guess it kind of helps that the woman in the story was also called Molly but when I read that I really felt like that was exactly what my Heavenly Father wanted me to know right then. And I really know that we are never alone! We always have a Father in Heaven that loves us completely and perfectly, one who will never ever leave us for even a second!
Although it has been a tough week, it has still been really good. We managed to teach 10 lessons which has not happened in this area in all the history of the District Leaders records! So we were really happy about that. I know that 10 doesn't really seem like that much, but in this area that is a really great achievement! We have really been trying to teach more on the street and have been going more into lessons than jumping straight for their number or a return appointment. It has been really helpful because even if people aren't interested at the moment, then we have given them a chance to feel the Spirit and to make a choice. If we don't give them a chance, we are taking away their agency, we are taking away their choice to accept or reject the Gospel.
We had Zone Meeting this week. That was as good as ever. We truly have the best Zone Leaders! The focus of Zone Meeting was about how we could teach more effectively and with more power. The main thing that I got out of it was that I need to have a good, effective study every morning so that I am well prepared for the day! That is the most important part of our morning before we leave the flat, our 2 hours of study! I really enjoy the time that we get to study. I have really grown to love the scriptures so much because of that time! And oh my gosh, Preach My Gospel is just the best! Why did I not study it more back home! It has so much in it that is for all aspects of life not just for missionary work! So people, read it, study it, apply it!
This week we also learnt that when we plan, the Lord will guide our footsteps. We had one day this week where we planned this fantastic day that we were really excited about and I think only one thing that we planned actually happened. But the day was so good! We really focused on following the Spirit and I know that we were in exactly the places that Heavenly Father needed us to be! Our day was so much better than the day that we planned and I know that it was because we listened to the still small voice that was guiding us in every decision that we made that day.
Well I am going to have to go, I have to pack in the very, very, very likely event that I will be leaving this week!
Love you all and have a great week!
Love Sister Gaffney