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Monday, November 24, 2014
It's already thanksgiving, that is crazy! It makes me realize just how fast my mission is going to go by.
This week we had a lot of success! We had 4 new investigators! A couple of them we'll have to turn over to other missionaries because they don't live in our area, but it's so cool just meeting new people and seeing how the gospel can bless them.
One big miracle: When I first got here we street contacted a woman, and she was super nice and interested and gave us her address to come by. Well we tried to stop by multiple times, but no one ever answered the door. Then just on Saturday we were on our way to help put up Christmas lights for service (I know, it's not even thanksgiving and they're putting up Christmas stuff everywhere, sheesh!), and we saw that woman walking down the street. We pulled over and called to her, and she was again super nice and interested, and we walked with her to her house so we could see where she lived. The address was right, but she lived around the back in the basement, and we'd only ever gone to the front door before. Then we had a great lesson with her about prayer and invited her to church! So now we know where she lives, we have her phone number, she wants to come to church and meet with us, it's just awesome!!!!
On Sunday we had a musical fireside and it was great! Two less-actives from our ward came, and a ton of people the other missionaries are meeting with came too, it was awesome! (I keep saying awesome :/ but I like it :) The Spirit was so strong, and one of my favorite songs was sung, This Is The Christ.
A missionary will be coming home soon to our ward, and guess what, she served in Arizona! I think it was the Gilbert mission, but don't quote me on that. It will be neat to meet her!
Nothing much else going on here, just continuing with the work!
Sorry I haven't been emailing you all personally, but I do love reading your emails! They make me smile. :)
Love you all, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!
Sister Batchelor
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sisters in Our District

This week was a little harder than some others, but I think we ended on a good note. 

We have a saying between us full-time missionaries and our Ward Mission Leader. "Either you eat the bear or the bear eats you." There's been a few days when we did great and we swallowed the bear in one bite. Other days he's chewed us up, spit us out, and gnawed on us for a while. And really it doesn't matter what happened the day before, it can go either way the next day. I've realized though that it is what you make of it. If you dwell on everything that went wrong that day, yeah, that can make you feel down. But if you focus on everything that went right that day you can just turn your perspective right around. It's all about how you look at it. Last week none of our investigators came to church, and we were sad about that, but two less-actives did. It's all about bringing people to Christ. Yes, we want those who haven't been baptized to come, but it's just as important to bring those who have fallen away from the path they once walked. 

Hymn # 117 is one of my favorites. 

"Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden, careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed. He'll safely guide you unto that haven where all who trust him may rest. 

"Come unto Jesus; He'll ever heed you, though in the darkness you've gone astray. His love will find you and gently lead you from darkest night into day.

"Come unto Jesus; He'll surely hear you, if you in meekness plead for his love. Oh, know you not that angels are near you from brightest mansions above?

"Come unto Jesus from every nation, from every land and isle of the sea. Unto the high and lowly in station, ever He calls 'Come to me.'"

I love the last line, ever he calls, "Come to me". It doesn't matter how long someone has been away from the church. His arm is still stretched out to them, and it is my duty to help them grab on and stay there.

I've also realized how much I love music! I knew it before, but really it is one of the quickest ways to bring the Spirit. We're having a musical fireside next week and it will be awesome! 

I love being a missionary, and I love you all!

Sister Batchelor
Monday, November 3, 2014
Hey everybody, sorry but I won't be able to send personal emails this week, but just know that I did read them and I loved them! KEEP WRITING ME!!!!!!!!

This week is Transfers! My companion and I are staying right here in Lewiston! I'm very glad that I am staying, but I would have accepted whatever happened. I am looking forward to continuing to get to know  everyone in our ward and all the investigators, old and new. 

Halloween was great! We got tons of candy! I'm going to get fat! (Seriously) We went to the stake Trunk or Treat and handed out candy to all the kids, and that was great. I saw tons of Captain Americas and Thors and millions of girls dressed up as Elsa! (Only slight exaggeration) It was fun.

A cool thing that's been happening this week: we've been bumping into people randomly that we know! It's crazy how  that happens sometimes, and it was just when we needed to see them. 

Some of the people we're meeting with are having a hard time, so please pray for them in their trials. That's one thing that I've learned too, prayers really work! and when you have a bunch of people praying for the same thing, that's when miracles happen. 

A funny thing: There is an Eye Doctor's office nearby that has a sign that they change every now and then. Recently it said "Trials are opportunities with thorns on them." You'd think that would be a sign for a church, right? I guess eye doctor's can be wise too. 

I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sister Batchelor