Monday, February 25, 2013

New Adventures

This week was a week of new adventures!  On Thursday, the four of us Sisters taught a class on how to strengthen the family using the book, "Three Ways to Help Your Family Be More Happy" (I don't know the exact translation from Portuguese to English).   We had a great turn out!  Since there are three chapters, we will be teaching three classes.  This book is terrific!  This week we taught about how valuable our time is, and how we can spend more time with our family and develop stronger relationships with each person in our family.  It made me think back to all the fun memories that I have with my family, camping trips, vacations, Sunday dinners, icecream, FHE, etc.  The time we spend with our family, no matter how insignificant it may seem in the moment, truly has a valuable impact!

On Saturday, we did a "Tree of Life" activity with the two Branches.  We wove a cord around outside and then up the emergency stairwell in the church.  The participants were then blindfolded and had to hold onto the cord with two hands all the way until they reached the "tree of life" on the top floor.  Along they way, there were people to tempt them to let go.  One of the Sisters told me that when she had done this activity, the cord they had to follow went through a swimming pool and a bunch of mud!  I thought that would've been pretty sweet, but we did the best we could with what we had.

This past week, we had the opportunity to teach the Word of Wisdom to two different investigators.  Both times, the investigators had a hard time accepting that coffee was bad for them.  When they continued to question why coffee was bad, even after our explanation, I finally said, "I'm not a doctor, but I do know one thing; Heavenly Father created our bodies and He knows what we should put in them and what we shouldn't.  Perhaps we won't understand everything, but we need to trust in our Heavenly Father."  I then invited them to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the Word of Wisdom was true because we could teach and teach and teach, but the only person that could give them a firm and true answer would be Heavenly Father.  Sometimes we won't understand the 'why' behind every commandment, but we can always be sure that Heavenly Father won't give us something that we can't do!

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