So this week has been pretty dang interesting haha 🙂 Last Tuesday we had Dinner with the Pastor and his Wife. (bible church) and it was weird to say the least haha. We tried to share a message with them after dinner about the power of the atonement. so we could build on common beliefs but they didn’t understand it, I think they think the atonement is only for those of their certain belief. so it was weird having a gospel discussion. But they are really sweet people and they are new to the area as well so they thought having us over for dinner was a good idea. haha yeah…
We also taught Estaban more this week, and since he’s had all the lessons except for tithing, we taught him that one. And we invited him to fast with us this last sunday so that Mary’s (His girlfriend who he lives with) Divorce would go through and then they could get married. Its so cool to see his testimony of the church. He wants to be baptized so bad but waiting for the divorce to go through is taking a really long time… but its okay because its what the lords wants from him.
Um so the funny story this week is about my hands… and I know my mom got a text with a picture of what happened, so I’m hoping she’ll put it on my blog for the rest of you haha 😉
My companion and i were doing service for a member. (She has some pretty intense tumors) We were cutting the vegetables from her garden. Well, I took it upon myself to cut the really hot peppers… =Not A good idea… A half hour after cutting these peppers my hands started to burn. It was unbearably hot. we tried everything we could thing of to relieve my pain but nothing worked. We tried ice, alo vera, squishing tomatos, soap and water, lavender oil, washing my hands with Olive oil, and nothing worked. I still had so much pain in the palms of my hands. It was so bad that I couldn’t even wrap my hand around a fork, my companion spoon feed me my dinner that night… it was awful. And I’m the designated driver! How was I supposed to drive home!? It was not fun. we then read that i needed to soak my hands in Vegetable oil for at least an hour. So they had me put on rubber gloves and they filled it up with oil. and then I asked for a priesthood blessing. and after that the burn gradually left my fingers. I could still feel the warmth but it wasn’t unbearable anymore. then it got to the point where I felt I could drive again, so we drove to our next appointment and during the drive the pain left completely. Its amazing the power of the priesthood. I’m so grateful for the worthy priesthood holders in my life. especially my Dad 🙂 I love this gospel.
So I know this last week was pioneer week, and I just want to talk a little about the pioneers of my little branch here. Our branch was created 45 years ago and they first began meeting in the music hall of Upper Iowa university here in Fayette. But as the membership grew they desired to have their own building. They did bake sales and fundraisers to buy a plot of land. with that land they grew corn and soybeans and different vegetables to sell in order to save for a real building. When they raised enough, they sent their application to the church, but one of the requirements was to have at least 90 members. Well this branch only had 70, but they kept praying and fasting for this building to happen. they knew that it would be approved. And it was, their prayers were answered and they soon had a building to meet in.
I heard this story and I was just so touched by the faith of these branch members and their love for the gospel. These are what modern day pioneers look like, they are amazing. They aren’t just apart of this church, they LIVE IT everyday of their lives. I’m continually impressed by them. I love the branch here.
So I’m so happy to be here. My companion and i are going to Nauvoo tomorrow! We are both so excited!! Yay!! 😀 😀 😀 I love the temple!
Haha so thats my week! I love you all!!
Sister Brittany Pope