{mis-sion-ary, [noun] someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others can be with theirs for eternity}

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Danger of Delegation‏

Another wonderful week goes down in the books. Aside from the foot of snow we got last night that's still falling, everything has been great! I don't know if I mentioned this last week but last week was transfer week. I'm staying and so is Sister McLaren. We're still the only sisters in the zone but we'll be doing exchanges with the sisters that just got put into the Buff South zone in Cheektowaga, Freedom, and still Gowanda. We got another set of elders in the Amherst ward so now there are 3 sets of missionaries in the ward.
So this week we had to split the area and it has been so cool to see how the Lord has been preparing us for this. Most of our main people have been in the sweet home area (mostly because we live 10 miles outside of Clarence so it's better on miles to go to the Sweet Home area). But we've felt the need to spend more time in Clarence and that's where all of our miracles have been happening. It's funny how the Lord prepares us for things to come.
I won't lie, I was a bit nervous to pass Brother Candino off to the new elders just because of the progress that we'd made with him, so we took the elders over to meet him and brother candino told me "I don't make promises that I can't keep, but I promise that you'll see me at church on Sunday." And of course, he followed through. After church as he was walking out he said "I promise you'll see me next week!" I can't even begin to explain how happy that makes me. Brother Candino is back!:)
Thursday, Sister McLaren and I had the opportunity to go down to Buffalo for the NRC (Network of Religious Community) meeting at the b\Buffalo ward building. What an amazing opportunity it was to see so many different religions all come together. There were people from religions that I didn't even know existed. I guess growing up in Utah kind of deprives you of that. Haha. I had the chance to sit and talk to a Hindu priest. It was so neat to compare beliefs and get to understand more about what they believe. I want to take a second to just brag about this ward. They are all so missionary focused and so willing to help out the missionaries. There is a family in the ward that 2 of the kids had friends come to church with them last Sunday that we'll be teaching and on of the other kids in that family introduced us to her friend Rachel last P-day. This girl is such a miracle! She was asking such deep questions and she genuinely is seeking for the truth! As of a couple days ago, we texted her to see how she was, when we could meet again, and if she'd had a chance to start reading the Book of Mormon. You will never guess what happened. She's already read over half of the Book of Mormon. We showed her last Monday a couple different places in the Book of Mormon that could help answer the questions she had and she is just eating it up! There are people prepared for the gospel but they're kept from the truth because they don't know where to find it. If that family hadn't invited their friends to meet with us, Rachel wouldn't have found the gospel when she needed it most. Always be ready to open your mouth!
And now for the funny story of the week. The danger of delegation. Once upon a time, Sister McLaren and I were doing our weekly planning. Friday mornings always consist of about 2 1/2 hours of planning out who we want to see for the next week, what we want to teach, what we want our goals to be, etc. We were getting close to the end of our planning but had to talk to the Amherst 2.0 elders about one of the investigators in the Sweet Home area that they'd be having a lesson with and they told us they'd call us after the 12 week meeting for the greeny. So we hung up and continued on for about 2 minutes and our phone starts ringing and President Francis's name shows up on the phone (that never fails to give me anxiety). So we answer and he asks if we're planning on being at the meeting. And we said "what meeting?" So he proceeds to tell us that we were supposed to be at the meeting with all the elders since almost half of our mission is in training, we're going to be doing 12 week as a mission. Apparently the zone leaders were supposed to tell us, which shouldn't have been hardbecause we see them at least 4 times a week between district meeting, church, and YSA activities. Haha. So we speed to get to the church as fast as we can. We were a half hour late. So after the meeting President made a comment about how funny it is that the only sisters in the zone are the only ones that didn't hear about the meeting, so we pulled the elders aside for a second. The zone leaders told the district leader to tell us. The district leader was getting ready for his greeny to get here and told his companion before transfers to tell us. Haha no one told us... Hopefully this doesn't become routine. Ha I love the district that I'm serving in though! They're all great missionaries. And sometimes I forget that they're 18-21 year old boys. I guess they have an excuse. ;) haha
All is well in Zion! Hoorah for Israel!
Sister Nield

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