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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Challenges and Reunions and Weddings, Oh my!

Chalk drawings with Hermana Schreiner

This missionary momma couldn’t be more pleased with the woman that Hermana Brightman (Boo to her momma) is becoming! We have embraced her Book of Mormon challenge whole heartedly! I encourage those reading this blog, whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether you have never read the Book of Mormon before, or, as Hermana Brightman says, if this will be your one hundredth time. I encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this challenge. I testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Hermana Brightman’s Email from 20 April 2015

So let’s see... where to start......

Well! We have been working on putting together a Book of Mormon challenge for our branch for what seems like FOREVER now but has probably only been a week or two. BUT! It’s finally done. After a long time, a lot of lists, and a lot of work. We made folders for each of the families in our branch and put an explanation of the challenge, a sort of topic/suggestion list (both of the first two in both English and Spanish) and then charts to mark off for each member of the family. For the youth and the less active families, we got them copies of the Book of Mormon and personalized them with their names in gold sharpie. We introduced the challenge and passed out the things yesterday. We all think this is going to do a lot of good in helping people find, rebuild, or strengthen their own testimonies.

Because of this, I'd like to extend this challenge to all of you, as well. If you read one chapter a day in the Book of Mormon, you can finish by the end of the year. Whether this would be the first time you read or the 100th time, I challenge all of you to read it and pray about to feel its truth. 

Reunions.... Well in Spanish, the word "reuniones" means "meeting" and that's where the reunions started so I guess that's where I'll start too. We had our follow up training meeting on Tuesday. I got to spend the day with all the other new missionaries who came in the same time I did and their trainers. Which means: I spent the day with Hermanas Fish, Schriener, and Cloward and Elder Richins again! It was awesome to be back with parts of our CCM district and see how far we've all come! And THEN, after the meeting, Hermana Pollock went on an exchange with Hermana Gubler. Which means that Hermana Cloward and I were together again for a day! It was so much fun!

And weddings. and miracles. 
Betzabeth and Scot got married! WOO!!! We got permission to go to the wedding and there we met an awesome lady named Gabby. She was the wife of the videographer and she was so excited because she has a friend back home in Houston that's a member and she's always wanted to learn more and so we taught her about the restoration and how to get in contact with missionaries there and yeah! 

Miracles are happening and change is coming and I couldn't be happier. We've gotten in touch with families we haven't been able to find, we've gotten through to investigators on concepts they haven't ever been able to understand the importance of before, and there has been such a HUGE surge of missionary focus with the members these past two weeks. It's the BEST!

Well, that's all for this week! Love you all!
Hermana Brightman

They were able to attend the wedding of an investigator 

Some of the many folders they put together for the Book of Mormon challenge

Together again! Well, just for exchanges

The daughter of an investigator wants to be a missionary :-)

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