The Rising

Hi Family and Friends,

MONDAY was Pday and we went window shopping and played volleyball with our zone for 96 years. We were so sore and bruised the next day.

TUESDAY we woke up and Sister Peterson found out a member she was close to when she lived in Lansing a year ago and helped reactivate, died. 😦 It was sad so she got a powerful blessing from our Zone Leader, Elder Wheat. It promised that we would see success here in the Meridian area and it would catch on fire. We met with a less active and Sudan Refugee. We also spent a lot of time trying to contact former and potential investigators. It was kind of a rough day until we visited this less active in a Tendercare and set off the alarms. Then Sister Peterson couldn’t help but smile. I also wanted Taco bell for dinner, so I got that and hid and ate it in Burger King while Sister P was ordering her food. The cashier said to her, “It’s okay, I know she has Taco Bell.” 😀

WEDNESDAY we had a pretty good District Meeting about helping our investigators progress. Elder Strong (our district leader) gave us some teaching records, so we spent 5 hours trying to contact those people to see if they were interested in taking lessons again. We had a “Sister’s Dinner” at the mission home with all the sister missionaries in the Lansing Zone. we made Hawaiian Haystacks and played a cool get to know you game and did a white elephant gift exchange. I brought weights because it was funny and that’s all we had in what use to be an Elder’s apartment. We took pictures and then went and found a super cute lady that wants to meet with us next week and take the lessons! Her name is Diane and she has a little boy 🙂

THURSDAY we met with a funny less active lady named Sister Kruger and she talked about cruises for like, an hour, haha. So we shared the story of Nephi on the ship with her as our spiritual thought and tried to relate it. When his brothers and their families became wicked and tied him up, he never complained, he just prayed to God even harder, instead of getting mad and casting Christ out of his life. I also found out that the famous Lindsey Stirling visited my old Grand Valley Ward last Sunday, which was super exciting 🙂

FRIDAY wasn’t half bad. We visited with a less active lady who has been in Taiwan for the past 6 months. She was super funny. She said she doesn’t like her neighbors but she waves at them anyways because she’s “educated.” She also said that if they don’t wave back, she just pretends like she’s waving at God. She was telling us her conversion story and how when the Elders found her, she wanted to come to church so bad, but neither of them had a car, so they all walked in the snow to church. She said the Elder’s were tall, but because she’s so petite, it came up to her waist! She met a nice couple at church that offered her a ride home, but that’s dedication! We also taught lessons at Sister Hatch’s house to a lady from South Korea. Super yummy dinner appointment at the Bate’s with the Elders. She’s the relief Society President, and he’s the Sunday School President. He’s a MSU math professor from the UK. They made us steak, but also tofu, and were teasing us all on eating it, but only Elder Strong tried some cuz he’s classy like that.

SATURDAY SISTER ROSEMA from Grand Valley came out with us! We attempted to visit some former investigators in good ‘ol South Lansing! we had a lesson with some less actives, but they didn’t even understand the Restoration. It was kind of rough, but that’s okay! Sister Rosema took us out to lunch and for ice cream and I got ‘fried ice cream.’ It was so good!!! It was so good to see her! ❤

SUNDAY was low key. Church was great. Sister Peterson and I taught Young Women’s. There were only two girls- Priscilla who just turned 12, and Autumn- a 17 year old resent convert. There weren’t any leaders there, and we were asked to teach about Sustaining Church Leaders, something Sister Peterson and I have strong experiences with. We showed the Church History video “Zion’s Camp.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0lxnvEGdK8 The girls really liked it and were able to understand why not just supporting our leaders is important, but the effects of what happens when we don’t. I asked the question, “So should we leave the church if we get offended or don’t agree with something?” and the 12 year old said, “That would be a little over the top.” “AMEN!” said Sister Peterson. 😀 Autumn then said, “They made it that far, when it gets hard, don’t give up!” Can everyone please understand this?

That was our week in summary. I hope you all are enjoying the summer and relaxing a bit. Don’t forget that your Father in Heaven loves you! I’m grateful for my dad and all he’s done for me! I also am thankful for my wonderful grandfathers who I have always loved and admired!

Love, Sister Harrison ❤ xoxoxo

“Brothers and Sisters, I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us—insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks; He doesn’t measure our professions or our possessions. He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other. I know that if we will be faithful, there is a perfectly tailored robe of righteousness ready and waiting for everyone, “robes … made … white in the blood of the Lamb.” May we encourage each other in our effort to win that prize is my earnest prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” -Elder Holland

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