Sister Emily Mangum is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission.

March 25, 2014

Power of Testimony

Hi Mom and Dad!

This week has flown by.  It’s crazy.  It’s hard to believe that next week is my 6 month mark....

I just got the best letter ever from Sister Walker! 
I wrote a letter to one of the less actives in Belen and Sister Walker said when they went over, Cecille read them my letter and then for the first time ever came to church!  And brought all the little kids!  I am so happy right now!  :) 

We have been crazily trying to think outside of the box on how to do missionary work in this area.  It’s a very odd place and it has been tracted and tracted and tracted. 

Looks like so much fun in the pool!  That is one thing I can’t wait for :)  It is so dry here.  It’s awful.  I need some super thick lotion.

Bandelier National Monument with the Los Alamos District
Did you hear that the missionaries were pulled out Venezuela? I just heard it a few minutes ago.

That is exciting that you get to go to the Fort Lauderdale Temple open house.  I’ve seen pictures of it!  It’s beautiful!  We get to go to the temple at the end of April! Super excited!  The whole mission is going :)  Every six months there is a missionary Monday at the temple.  About the time of general conference we get to go.  So in our session it will be our zone and another zone. We will have to beg a ride to Albuquerque from the members, but I don’t think it will be too hard to get a ride to the temple.

Cleaning the temple sounds fun :)  They keep asking the members here to do it, all the missionaries wish we could help 

So we have started a missionary member class and on the first week we had 6 people there, which is awesome!  It was super spiritual and we hope that it will continue to be successful.

And we teach a youth bible study on Tuesday nights and last week we had 10 kids there including one non-member.  We always try to have a game and a treat and to watch a Mormon message or something. This week is courage :)  We have a good lesson, but we are struggling to come up with a game.  We are going to talk about the story of Esther.  And we were thinking of a doing something for a game that includes having to do something courageous.  I want to make them stick their hand in a box but I don’t know what should be in the box.... Any other ideas for a courage game?  I think we are going to play spoons.  With the spoons on the other side of the room :)

Any minute to win it games that you can remember?  In the next few weeks we are talking about forgiveness, gratitude, mercy....

 Bandelier National Monument with the Los Alamos District

We had an Elder's Quorum activity on Friday.  It was so much fun.  We had two non-members there and we played a game of basketball. :) It was awesome especially when I got nailed in the face with a basketball by a three year old. Split lip and everything.  :/  Oh well.  Its better now, still a little bruised but ok :)  I should have gotten a picture.  It was pretty bad.  We are hoping to get a regular thing started where we can play basketball and people can invite non-members to it.

A really good talk that I read recently was "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox, It was featured in the ensign.  But the full devotional can be found on the BYU speeches website.  It’s so good :)

Here is the link to the talk - "His Grace Is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox

We get transfer calls this week. We really don’t know what is going to happen.  I think Sister Grigg and I are both staying, but there is a good chance that something is going to change in Los Alamos.  There are three sets of missionaries in Los Alamos and one set hasn’t been having a lot of success, so we are wondering if someone is going to get pulled out.  Not sure though.  Guess we just have to wait for Saturday to know.

Love you!

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