Fort Jackson: Do the miracles ever cease?!
This week we had a couple people set to be baptzied, but for one reason or another, it didn't happen. They either weren't there or didn't live the word of wisdom, basically a heart breaker. Well there we were sitting outside of sacrament meeting for a moment, when,....Private Cappelle walked through the doors, late! We welcomed her in and helped her get ready to be baptzied! It was great. Miracles do happen. "Ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." Ether 12:6
Lexington: Bye, bye sins!
Danny Pridgen got baptized in Lexington! He is a southerner, born and raised in South Carolina. He is in his fifties.
So right after he comes out of the water after being baptzied he says real loud, "Well, I feel better!" It was the best, so hilarious. Then later during the service, we could hear the baptismal font water draining, so he leans over to Brother Mayo and says, "You hear that? That is the sound of my sins washing down the drain!" Danny knows what it means to be baptzied.
Service Prjoect: Did we help or make it worse?
Well Danny is building this shed, 9 ft by 10ft, and we have been offering to help him for a while, so he finally said yes. So we show up to his house in our jeans, already to work. We start off by putting together some metal frames and then we start on the floor. He has the ground all level with the plank foundation. We get to use an electric drill(disclaimer: thanks Dad for all those projects growing up, I aleady knew how to use it :) ) and things seem to be going good. So we go crazy screwing in this plywood to the floor. The most fun we have had in a while. We have rows and rows of screws all lined up and looking nice. We have about 10 minutes before we have to leave, 90% of the floor done, when Danny realizes that we did it wrong. He hadn't payed attention and apprarently the wood was in the wrong place for support. So he had to unscrew everything and start over. We felt so bad! But he is letting us come back to help again so it couldn't have been that bad. He said he should have got it, oh well!
Thought of the week:
I have been studing the Book of Alma in the Book of Mormon. There is a part where the people are in the middle of a war. The bad guys (Lamanities) came and tried to attack one of the good guy's (Nephities) weaker cities, but "to their astonishment, the city of Noah, which had hitherto been a weak place, had now..., become strong." (Alma 49:14)
I love that story the enemy tried to get a cheap shot in by attacking a weak place, just like Satan tries to get us where we are weak. But the people had a good leader, and he helped them to prepare by making their weakness their strength, so when the advisary came, they had no power.
I know that as we look at our weak places and work on them to make them strong we can "astonish" others when hard things come our way. The scriptures said that "they were prepared..., in a manner which never had been known". I know that preperation is critical.
I invite y'all to see what weakness you have, whether it be a temper, shaken faith, a bad habit you give into, and work on it. Make your weaker things, your strongest things. And if you want to know how to do that. Read the Book of Mormon and follow it's advice to fortify yourself. And pray of course. That is number one.
Well I love y'all. Enjoy the photos!
Sister Susan Anderson