Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 44

Ma chère famille,

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet President and Sister Herrington; They are awesome and are going to do great things for this mission. We had a great meet-and-greet with them Friday where we got to know them a little better and were able to ask them questions.

We have taught some awesome new contacts this week! Last weekend we were waiting for Brenden, and his neighbors were walking in. They had a lot of groceries so we helped them carry some bags in. They are a beautiful family, they have a cute little girl who is 8 months old. We had our first lesson with them yesterday and talked about the restoration and eternal families. The spirit was so strong in the lesson, especially as sister Driggs shared the first vision.

Sister Driggs and I joke sometimes that we are like the dog from the movie Up, but instead of getting excited when seeing a squirrel it is when we see a family.

Guadeloupe is beautiful. We had the oppourtunity to see more of the island Saturday as we went visiting teaching with a sister in the branch. I feel blessed to be here.

We have been talking a lot about real intent lately. In Moroni 10 it talks about praying with real intent. We can read the Book of Mormon just to read and get absolutely nothing out of it, we can do the same in our prayers. It reminds me of the talk that you sent me, Mom, and how Brother Ridd talked about how he read in seminary, but all he got out of it was stars to put on a chart, because that was all he was looking for. I know that God loves us and rewards us according to the desires of our hearts. As we read with the desire to know the truth and come closer to Him, we will. He loves us and wants to help us all He can, but we must align our will with His. I know that He loves each one of us and we can better understand His love through the Book of Mormon.

Have a fabulous week. I love you,


Soeur Banks

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