Saturday, July 11, 2015

Grandma Banner, 4th of July, and the Power of Inviting

Another pic from the MTC that Erin just recently ran across :)

Hello my mom:)

Thanks for the update on grandma! (This is referring to her Grandma Banner, who has been serving a mission in England.  She recently has had some health problems/symptoms and learned that she has a brain tumor.  Just this week she returned from England and will see a doctor here in a few days to learn more specifics about the tumor and what the treatment plan will be.)  

So glad to know she is happy to be home and that y'all are there to help her with whatever she needs! I was glad to have gotten a call from Sister Eaton, she suggested that I get a blessing for comfort which was a bomb idea, so I was going to ask my ward mission leader at our coordination at the end of the night, but close to the time we were supposed to go there, he texted and cancelled. So as I thought about who I could ask for a blessing on such short notice, cause we had to be home in like 20 minutes, my favorite dude ever - Brother Brady- drove past us, as he was just barely getting home from a YM's camp, and then instead of just driving by, he stopped and reversed back and asked how we were doing. I asked him for a blessing and it was PERFECT. Just what I needed! So that was one miracle of the week!

I'm so glad that Bob was there to do Jaden's man-bun on trek. That's probably the real reason Heavenly Father needed us move to Utah.

4th of July here is for sure an experience! People do fireworks like all week. The big ones! And they are loud! On the actual day of the 4th of July we were invited to a party at a members house that make the actual best food ever. The party started at 7 but the fireworks started at 8 and we wanted to be there for both so that we didn't miss the food at the beginning of the party cause that is the most important part. :) SO we pushed our lunch and dinner hours both back to the very end of the day. We packed snacks and worked all day long. The only thing was people didn't really schedule with us for the 4th AT ALL so we had no plans and no breaks from our no plans! We thought it might be brutal. BUT the spirit honestly led us to exactly where we needed to be all day long! It was a great day! We had a miracle lesson with a less active family, and with Phil, and I think we got to help our new friend color her Mount Everest mural (for the VBS she's in charge of) some more. It was so dang sweet! Great day! And I ate the actual best chocolate chip cookies of my life that night at the party. And ribs. And chicken. But mostly the chocolate chip cookies. And a bunch of people from my old wards were there, so that was fun!!

Transfers are today and Sister Jeffery is leaving! I'm so sad. I quite love her! She is going to be a Sister Training Leader for her last transfer ever! So fun for her! And I'm excited about my new companion, Sister Dolan! I'm sure we will have so much fun together!

Speak of the devil, Sister Jeffery cut my hair the other day... and gave me BANGS! Like the straight across Zoey Deschanel type! Those look good! BUT she also tried to give me a trim on the rest of my hair this morning which.... didn't go as planned... so as of now the back of my hair is pretty dang short and the sides are pretty untouched and a ward member is going to fix it TOMORROW. Thank goodness the half-up-half-down style makes this look semi normal. Holy smokes. And guess what! I haven't even cried! I would call that a success on my part! 

We didn't have a baptism on Saturday. (I had thought she had one scheduled and had asked her about it) I don't remember if we had ever planned to, BUT an 8 year old was baptized and we brought an investigator and she thought it was swell! So that was good news! I love baptisms! I'm hoping to have quite a few this next transfer! Cameron, Crystal, Shayla, and Lexi are all so ready and want to be baptized! They just all need to come to church! And they could all use prayers. They are just amazing people that want to follow Christ and Satan isn't a fan. They all have such individual challenges which just shows that the Satan knows us pretty dang well and uses that knowledge to try to slip us up. My favorite prayer scripture is D&C 10 :5. Ye,p its scripture mastery, but I think it really just lets us know how powerful prayer really is. Prayer + faith = golden!

Thanks for all the pictures! Tell the Jovels I love them!

Love you so much!

Sister Erin Orr

Hey dad!

I'm so stoked to get your primary class's letters!

I loved that you talked about the spirit being our sword cause I studied about the Armor of God for a couple times this week. I love that everything God gives us pertaining to the armor is a protection for us: truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, etc. and our defense/weapon is the spirit. Modern day revelation! I cannot believe how many people think we don't need it! 

This isn't exactly what you were asking for but my favorite kid ever Eric Beaird, had a missionary experience this week and he is like 9. So I wanted to share in case you wanted to share with your class. We were talking to him and his 14 year old sister, Lily, about inviting their friends to meet with us and then the doorbell rang and it was Eric's friend Johhny and the conversation went like this:

Johnny: Hey do you want to play?

Eric: Want to learn about the gospel from the missionaries?

Johnny: Can we jump on the tramp?

Eric: No

Johnny: OK bye.

Haha! Eric came back in the room and recounted and said "I didn't know if it was too soon! I just learned how to do this (inviting people to meet with us)!" 

Truth is, though Johnny said no, Eric was totally a success at being a missionary! Because the success is in the invitaion!
Not everyone is prepared to receive the gospel, but we cant tell from the outside which are and which aren't. That's why we invite. So people have the option to learn. It really increases peoples agency!

Love you so much! 

Sister Erin Orr

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