Monday, September 23, 2013


Hey y'all(they say that here),
I have decided that I wanted to share one quote or scriptures that have strengthened my testimony each week, so hopefully they can have a similar effect on someone else as well. This week during personal study I was reading a talk by Elder Holland and he said

" there are several reasons for bearing testimony. One is that when you declare truth, it will bring and echo, and unconscious memory to the investigator, that they have heard this truth before- and of course they have... Investigators are not only hearing our testimonies of Christ but they are hearing echoes of other, earlier testimonies, including their own testimonies of Him, for they were on the side of the faithful who kept their first estate and earned the privilege of the second estate. We must always remember that these investigators were among the valiant who once overcame Satan by the power of their testimony of Christ" Sometimes its easy to forget that each of us here on this earth had strong testimonies, We all knew that Jesus was our Savior and our brother. I love that I can be that instrument to be able to help them recall what they once knew so well. Ah missionary work is the greatest.
This week has been a week of miracles. We have had mission fasts to be able to reach our goal of 50 Baptisms this month of September, but we didn't have anyone on date for this month so we have been working hard to find someone to have on date. In our district meeting we learned to pray for miracle in fact to expect miracles. So that is what we did. We prayed for a miracle. "ask and ye shall receive" We have a baptism next Saturday, for our investigator . She is 15 and her parents are converts, but when we first extended the date the family said they couldn't because they have 5000 things going that day, plus its the RS broadcast that night. and when this mom says no, she means it and she doesn't change her mind. Well we pressured her and she was not having it. So this week as we went into the lesson we prayed that we could figure out a time that she could be baptized. (and we had already put her as a no for the 28th of this month) and as we asked what date she could the mom was like " the 28th of sept. seems like the best day" WHAT?!? ahh something had been canceled and they are planning on this Saturday even though it is still a busy day for them. We saw they Lord prepare a way. What a testimony builder that like it says in Alma 26:12 "in his strength we can do all things!
The second miracle we had was I taught my first law of Chastity. We have a girl who is 22 on date for baptism, but she is currently living with her boyfriend. They are sleeping in different rooms but whatever he still needs to move out. but we were terrified to go in and teach this to her because we knew that she wouldn't want to have him move out. We prayed and prayed that she would remember the testimony she has already and not forget just because she didn't want to obey all the commandments. Well we showed up this week and she was limping and had bruises all over and she told us about how she was being abused by him and she has internal bleeding. Now this is a really sad miracle but we were able to teach the law of Chastity and she understands the importance of it. It was truly a blessing in disguise. The boyfriend is still living there because his name is on the lease but we are working hard with her to help her. We are just trying to do it in a safe way so that she isn't put in danger, as she figures out how to get him out of the house, but we know that the Lord will provide a way and she will be able to be baptized on the 12th of October.
Oh ok so that's the miracles that I can think of but i'm sure many happen every day. but anyways we were tracting yesterday and we met some people that are probably on every drug possible they were so stoned, and drunk and whatever else. They were dancing on their porches to techno and there responses to our questions were way delayed but this man was so funny. He was laughing at everything. He kept ringing his own doorbell and laughing like he was being so sneaky. Ha I got the biggest kick out of talking to them. I feel really sad for the choices they are making but hey maybe they will remember us when all is said and done and they we one day accept the gospel. ha who knows. The people here are funny and I wanted to get called to a foreign country, well guess what i'm in one. they are not like a people I have ever met before. but its amazing how much love I have for them.
Driving the mission car!  Ha ha  jk
Soybean Fields
The members here are amazing we had a man in our branch buy us all nice winter boots and he wont let us pay him, so we are going to repay them in service. We are helping weed and clean with the wife. Also we went to a birthday party yesterday and they have a zipline in their backyard that we did. oops I dont know if that is ok in a skirt but I think it was ok. It is only like 20 feet long and 8 feet off the ground but it was fun and the whole branch was taking pictures and they got the biggest kick out of us sisters doing it ha 
Riding the Zipline!  
Also I always get people telling me I have a look alike but none of them make sense I have been told I look like and actress, a dancer from "dancing with the stars", and Celion Deon. ha ha dont ask me how they think that. but hey I dont mind they compliments I suppose.  Well I guess that is all for this week. I love you all, Thank you for all the prayers and support!! 
Sister Zwahlen

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