How are you all??? Summer is going well? You're all having a good time? Good. Glad to hear it.
Its been a good week! This week has FLOWN by, once again. I don't even know what happened. How does time go by so fast??? Its crazyyyyyyyyyyyy.
We had interviews with President Dixon this week which was great! I got to talk with Sister Dixon one-on-one while Sister Vest was in her interview and that was just wonderful. I feel like I talk about Sister Dixon in every email. I'm not even sorry though. #smileywardperks. Oh also we had dinner with the Dixons this week! Good stuff.
So peaches are BLOSSOMING all over Redlands and there happens to be a few members with peach trees in their yards. And they are so nice and so willing to give us tons of peaches! So we have a lot right now which is such a blessing. Let me tell you they are just the best peaches you will ever taste ever. Deeeeelicious. Plus some members even gave us peach jam. So nice! Love it. We are going to the mission home later to make peach cobbler.
Ohhhhh also we asked the Dixons if they had over-the-head headphones to play the headphone game and they did! So we tested it out and the game works. We are going to play that today with some other sisters, I'm excited. so funny.
Sad news: Sister Jamsa went home last week. :( She's only been out about ten months, but she was pretty sick and thought it would be better to handle it at home. She was at peace with her decision though, we got to see her right before she left because she came to the mission home and we took her companion with us for the day. But yes, just keep her in your prayers!
Ohhhh also we started a Book of Mormon class last week and it went SO well!!! We did that in Fontana too and it was successful, so I was excited to start it here. We taught the class this week and it was really great, we are excited to invite our investigators and recent converts and everyone to it.
Oh also we did a Family History thing at market night on Thursday! SO FUN! I love being at Market Night and being able to talk to everyone that passes. Plus Family History is so great. If you haven't yet, check out rootsmapper.com and relativefinder.org. Also I have some pictures of what we did so I will send them. Also more memes haha. We discovered that some of the BOM children's stories pictures are pretty funny, so we went to town with them. You'll see.
Lately in our mission we have been focusing on the importance of the Book of Mormon. It is SO important to be consistent with reading the BOM, even if its just a few verses. Sister Vest always says, "six verses a day keeps Satan away." Now we tell that to people all the time, because it is so true! Here is a quote from a talk we have been studying:
"It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance."
(thats a really long quote I know but if you skimmed it and got to this point then repent and go back and read the whole thing, its GOOD)
Its so true though, there is SO much power in the Book of Mormon! Its the keystone of our religion, and it needs to be the keystone of our testimony as well, otherwise everything else will crumble. I invite you each to at least read six verses a day this week, as well as to pray about it to get that confirming witness that the Book of Mormon is true. I KNOW that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that you will come closer to God by reading it than by any other book! Ahhh I love it!
Okay I hope you all have an amaaaazing week. Stay cool. Go swimming. Have a good time.
LOVE YOU ALLLL byeeeeeeeeee
Sister Carina Brown