Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween!! Parties and Happy News and Missionary work :)

First of all, I'm going to start out by saying I am so happy!! Two of my new friends here in Arizona are getting baptized in the coming weeks. I am so happy for them and the decision that they have made. Last week, a woman in my singles ward got baptized and it was so amazing.

Alright so besides the fact that it's been a while since I have made a blog post, a lot has been happening. I haven't been able to find work here which STINKS, so I am going to be needing to make some decisions. On a happier note, our stake is participating in Invite-Out October, which is almost over, yes. But our ward and our stake has been doing great with missionary work and inviting others to participate in fun activities even if it isn't actually going to church. I hung out with a mutual friend who just moved here from MN, and Arianne introduced us. Since he didn't know anyone out here we went hiking and it was great. He had just been baptized a few years ago so I think it's good for him (like all new converts) to be surrounded by other members. So I invited him to softball last week and he loved it he said, and will probably come tomorrow as well.

It was hard for me to do. I normally don't like inviting people to church because I feel as if they will judge me or my beliefs. I tend to just not bother. But this was a little different because he was already a member. Even still, I don't know him and that's something I just don't do. 

Friday night though, I went to hastening the work seminar at the Institute where Elder Perkins of The Seventy was presiding and it was all about Missionary Work. We were talking about agency and one of the speakers there shared an amazing quote that I will remember forever "Don't be the person to take away someone's agency to make the choice to come to accept an invitation from you to go to a church sponsored activity."

That quote was a huge slap in the face for me. I know that that's something I need to be working on--humbling myself enough to stop being prideful and invite others to activities. It's so simple yet we make it so difficult. That was my humbling experience for the week! 

On an even happier note all of the many Halloween parties I went to this weekend. Here's pics from the first party I went to with some friends, sponsored by our stake. We went as s'mores: 


Ignore my face.. I'm just ridiculous.

The second party was a blast and I actually danced which I don't normally do. I went as a grease girl and Elizabeth went as a nurse: 


The second one wasn't church sponsored but these were the first dances I've been to since High School and it was super fun. Maybe because I totally let loose and went crazy with my friends (which I never do haha).

I will say this much about life in AZ: there's always something going on.. It's always a party!

Tonight for FHE we are pumpkin carving and I'm super excited for that, I'm ready to get my craft on! More pics to come. 

Also!!! I believe I have found a new blogger! This one is looking promising people. :) 

Laters,

Nat








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