You'll never believe what happened today! I got to go outside..... without wearing tights under my skirt! We hit 39 degrees and it feels like heaven! Only in Buffalo does 39 degrees feel like heaven! There's a member in the Buffalo ward who was telling us that we really live in the worst case scenario. In February it was colder here than in the North Pole, colder than it was on Mars. Yep... Buffalo broke a record for the coldest month ever. I was here for the worst winter they've had. But it's beginning to look a lot like spring!:) (meaning the snow is melting and it's only to my knees now!:) PROGRESS
As for this last week, we had exchanges with the Gowanda sisters. They're in a trio So i got to be in a trio for the day!:) We spent almost the whole day on the Reservation and this less active's son is a member of the Longhouse (the native american religion). It was really cool for him to tell us about some of their beliefs and to see that they really are the decedents of the Lamanites in the Book of Mormon. So many of the beliefs are so similar but you can tell that there are things missing and things added! (The Apostasy is real!)
It's been super fun to serve in the YSA because every week we go and set up a table at UB (the campus close by) with the YSA elders and we get to have people come up to us and ask us a ton of questions. The first time it felt so weird being back on a college campus, but now I'm grateful for USU and how the majority of the people there are LDS!
Also Thursday Mornings we go and volunteer at a nursing home and we do their exercise program with them (baton waving haha) and we paint the ladies nails! They say the funniest things. They were handing out treats and Rita, one of my favorites, said "Was it made in China? If it's made in China, I don't want it! You can't trust those things." haha I about died She kept saying "I was born in the USA and I'm going to die in the USA! Let's be Americans please!" She's such a crack up!
Saturday we had a relief society conference and it was themed after the parable of the 10 virgins. "Oil in Their Lamps".There were different breakout sessions where we talked about temple attendance, family history, food storage, having a grateful heart, recognizing talents and abilities the Lord has given you, or the signs of the second coming. They all went through different things that we can do to make sure our lamps and vessels are filled with oil. It was so insightful! There are so many things we can do to fill our lamps. As we were going through it, one of the scriptures that kept popping into my head was D&C 87:8 "Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord." Standing in Holy Places isn't so much about physical location as it is about ourselves and whether or not we make places the kind of environment that the spirit can dwell in. And it all starts with doing the primary things: read your scriptures, go to church, have FHE, say your prayers. But then "BE NOT MOVED". It's these things that will in essence fill our lamps. Don't let anything keep you from doing them. "for it cometh quickly". I know I want to be prepared for when the Lord comes and I'm so grateful for His help. I'm so grateful for the gospel to help fill my lamp!
I love you all! have a great week!
Love Sister Nield