Monday, August 29, 2016

Standing as witnesses at ALL times and in ALL things and in ALL places (August 15, 2016)

Howdy Y'all!! 
This week was super great!!! :) 
Things are going good here in Cedartown!  Yesterday we were in Branch Council and our Branch President announced that before the 40 day fast we had 180 members.  Now, after the fast we have 199!  Holy Moly that is just too cool!!
This morning I was studying about fasting and trying to remember the first time I truly gained my own testimony on fasting.  Before my mission I was never super into fasting, but I knew that it was important and that it was a commandment.  I remember fasting as a family for Judd and Brooke's baby, and an amazing miracle came from it.  That moment had a huge impact on my testimony of fasting.  
A couple of months ago my companion said "hey we should fast for a church headquarters refferal to accept the gospel and want to be baptized."  I remember she wanted to fast on a day that wasn't fast Sunday, and I wasn't super excited about having to go without food during some other day than fast Sunday.  Well y'all probably remember that story that we did fast, and we did receive a church head quarter refferal that would accept the gospel and wanted to be baptized."
Fasting is truly amazing my family.  Miracles come, direction is received, prayers are answered, comfort given, and miracles pour out from Heaven when we fast.

Brother Wofford got a calling last week....Branch greeter!!  haha so perfect for him!  He is getting ordained to the Priestood on Sunday and next is the Temple for baptisms for the dead! :) There is so much light about him, and I am just so privileged to know him!  

I just want to talk a second about how amazing this Branch is and how amazing the members are!!  We have so many amazing members wanting to invite their friends to learn more about the gospel, sharing things via One of the new families that moved in recently are huge into missionary work, and I know that the Lord has placed them here for a reason to help this Branch grow into a ward!  When we first met this family it was during Bother Wofford's baptism.  They just arrived in Georgia and they came to find the "mormons."  I remember sitting in the lobby with her, and we ran to go comfort her and help her.  We weren't able to see the end of the baptism program and hear Brother Wofford bear his testimony and i was a little bummed, but my companion looked at me and whispered "she needs us."  That was an important lesson to me.  We need to be there for people when they need us.  I read today in Mosiah 18:8-9 "as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light.  Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn, yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at ALL times, and in ALL things, and in ALL places that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life"  I know that we are all Heavenly Father's children and we need to help each other make it back to Him.  It is so important for us to stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ!

Life is wonderful!  I know that the church is true.  I love being a missionary!  I hope that yall have an amazing week!!  I love you all!!!!! :)
Hermana Stewart

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