So, last week I told you about our investigator M and his girlfriend S. They haven't been able to make it to church for a while because they work really hard and get home late so waking up in the morning in time for church is a challenge for them. Plus, they are teenagers! We promised them that if they make the sacrifice to make it to church that the Lord will bless them. They came to church yesterday and the LOVED it! And they loved hearing all of the testimonies given by the members. It was so cute to see both of them be so happy to be there! We spoke with S's parents and they were telling us that a few years ago, S used to cut her wrists. She was never happy and they didn't know how to help her. They were also homeless at the time. It was when some missionaries made an effort to help out this family that eventually led them to getting jobs, finally owning a small home and getting baptized in the church. But S was still very unhappy. When she started dating M, that's when she stopped cutting herself. Her mom said that she couldn't believe that her daughter was finally happy again after M was in her life. That is why S's parents let M live with them. S told us that after seeing M's desires to do what is right, she now wants to be married in the temple more than anything because she knows that that is something that the Lord wants her to do.
We talked to the bishop about them and how they are now planning on getting married so that M can be baptized. They were planning on getting married in Vegas in April but Bishop talked to them about himself performing their marriage. So now they are planning on getting married in 18 days when M turns 18! I will keep you updated on them. We are so proud of them and for their strong desires to follow the Lord so that M can be baptized and eventually be sealed to S in the temple. They truly are very special people and we love them!!
For district meeting a couple of weeks ago, we watched a half hour long presentation done by Elder Anderson. The focus of the presentation was to help the missionaries understand the importance of working with the youth in our areas. The apostles want us to focus more on the youth because they naturally trust us young missionaries more because of the closeness of our age. So, this week Sister Tate and I attended mutual and we also went to young women's at church yesterday. We have really good girls in our ward, they just don't all get along and a few of them our struggling with their testimonies. It's our job as missionaries to not only help build the faith of investigators but also for the members. We hope and pray that we will make a difference for these special young women in our ward. We have talked with many of their moms and they would like us to help the girls get excited about the Gospel and hopefully want to serve missions. One of the reasons why the age for sister missionaries changed was because the Lord needs more sisters out there performing His work. Also, something that I learned in the MTC was that considering that we are supposedly the "rising generation" in the church and that the world is getting worse and worse, the Lord needs a higher number of two returned missionary parents (unless Gentry is their mother. They will be good go!) raising the children that will live to see the second coming of Christ. They will need to be so strong!!
I have been thinking about Dad a lot this week for obvious reasons. My emotions have been very out of whack since he passed and it continues to make missionary work more difficult than it has to be. I miss him a lot and I wish I could've spent more time with him. I'm really starting to regret that. With that being said I know that Dad loves me. I have felt him with me multiple times. Last night my emotions hit me very hard. I can usually hold back the tears until I go to bed or when I take a shower but last night I couldn't hold them back as we began our companion study with singing "I Believe in Christ". I was so grateful to have Sister Tate, Sister Lewis, and Sister Burke comfort me. They said many things that deeply touched my spirit. I know that the Atonement is real and it is the greatest blessing that we can access no matter where we are, who we are, and no matter how many times we messed up. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each and every one of us and they know us. God knows our situations, our weaknesses, our strengths, and He knows the desires of our hearts. God is so merciful because we are His children. He wants each and every one of us to return to live with Him again. I like to think that when Dad passed, He was given so much love from Heavenly Father. This brings me so much comfort.
I know the Gospel is true and I have a strong testimony of the power of the Atonement. I love my Savior. I wouldn't be out here doing the Lord's work if it weren't for Him. All I want is for people to have the knowledge about the Gospel that I have and to have a relationship with our loving Heavenly Father and our brother Jesus Christ. I know this church is true. I know that Thomas S. Monson was called by God to be a modern-day prophet to lead His children along the straight and narrow path so that we can indeed live with our Father in Heaven again. I love my family and I love being a part of this work. God be with you till we meet again.
Love Sister Allred
P.S. I don't know how many but just so you know, there were missionaries in our mission who fasted and prayed for our family yesterday. Also, I watched most of Dad's funeral however the sound was muted. I called the mortuary and they said that the recording of the funeral, along with the sound, will be available to watch later today and so on for the next 90 days. So, if don't end up watching it later I will watch it next week.
My dear Sister Allred,
We are finally home after going to the cemetery, and the family luncheon. It really was a beautiful funeral service. I'm sorry the audio wasn't working. Hopefully they will get that fixed and you can hear it later. We had six musical numbers, which I know you will love! Spencer's talk was astoundingly amazing! It was so personal and full of the spirit. I hope you have a wonderful day and week. Remember we are all praying for you. And I am so touched that the missionaries would fast and pray for us! I felt a peace of the spirit that was so comforting. We all felt it.
We love you so much!
And I love you mom! SOOOO MUCH! I pray for you all the time💕 I pray that your health is getting better. Oh, something I forgot to mention in my email...there is an elderly man in our ward, his name is brother winkle, and he is a retired Chiropractor. He continues to treat his family and also missionaries that come into our ward. He had heard how bad my migraines have been lately so he insisted that he adjusted my back. He was convinced that he could really help me. So yesterday we went over and he adjusted my back and my neck! I feel so much better! He also taught us about how we can simply treat our bodies better. What a blessing!!!!
Anyways, give everyone a hug for me and tell them how much I love them! I hope you have a good week my beloved mommy mom! I LOVE YOU!