The Lord did not see fit to deliver them

 

Hello All!
So, housekeeping first.
Our lesson with Betty Lou this was week was probably the best we’ve ever had with her! We brought Brother and Sister Neilson with us to it, and they were perfect. Betty Lou understood the Plan of Salvation perfectly, and she FINALLY prayed the right way!! We were elated! Her date is set for December 16th and we really feel that if she continues to have lessons like that and continues to keep her commitments, she will make it no problem. She was not able to come to church though because she was out of town for Remembrance Day.  We ALSO got a new investigator this week because she invited a friend to the lesson!  Her name is Laura and we’re meeting with her again on Thursday. =]  Super great!We didn’t have a chance to get with Susan this week, but we have a lesson set up with her for Thursday night. She is really progressing. She wasn’t able to make it to church this week either, but she had come both last week and the week before and she has really enjoyed it both times! We are going to ask her if she wants her children, Brandon age 11, and Liron, age 7 to learn. They came to church with her last week and loved it, so we’re hoping that her answer will be in the positive. She is such a great lady! We love her. And Sister McCrae is the greatest true friend a person could ask for.Barb was also out of town this week for church, but we really feel like she is getting close. We went over the baptismal interview questions with her this week and she said the only one she really has any problem with is the Word of Wisdom. She said she just needs to pray about it. Then she said “I know what the answer is… I just need to pray to see if I want to do it or not.” She knows Joseph Smith is a prophet, she’s finished the Book of Mormon, and is restarting it, she believes that Thomas Monson is a prophet, and she has no other problems, that she says, besides the Word of Wisdom. The problem that WE see that she hasn’t mentioned is her fear of coming to church. She needs to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and she knows that she needs to come to church, we’re just trying to encourage her to actually do it. We know that she can! It’s just her knowing that she can that is the hard part. She’s so ready though. We don’t have a date with her yet, but we’re trying to get one. She said she wants to be keeping all the commandments before she sets a date, so that’s the hold up at the moment.We had a lesson with Mandy this week. We’re really not quite sure what to do with her. She loves having us come over, but she doesn’t keep her commitments at all, and so we feel like we need to drop her, but at the same time she has expressed her worry about us “abandoning her” if she doesn’t come to church. We’re stuck… we’ve got a lesson planned with her this Wednesday and we’ll kind of see where she’s at then and if she has kept any of this weeks commitments, and if not, we’ll probably be putting her in the reflecting pool for awhile, unfortunately.

Now, onto the good stuff.

Happy late birthday Zach!!!!  I got your letter in the mail, literally right after I dropped one to you in the mailbox.  So ignore the first part where I give you a hard time for not writing. hahaha.  Your writing is amazing and I’m so happy that you’re still doing it!
The big let down of the week….. The election results.  So, I don’t want to offend anyone here so I’m just going to say I was sad.  And then I was reading my scriptures and came across this passage in Mosiah.
Mosiah 21:15-16
“And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.
And it came to pass that they began to proper by degrees in the land, and began to raise grain more abundantly, and flocks, and herds, that they did not suffer with hunger.”
The Nephites were slow to remember their God.  As are the Americans quite often.  The Nephite were in bondage to the Lamanites and they finally started praying to God to help them.  The Americans have finally kind of realized that we need God or our nation won’t stand.  God DID NOT SEE FIT to release the Nephites from bondage.  President Obama was re-elected.  And yet, God eased the burdens so that the Nephites couldn’t feel the weight on their backs.  God will help America to grow stronger because of this.  President Obama is the man God wants as the President.  And for that reason and that reason alone, I will sustain the President of our country.  And once we as a nation begin to remember the Lord in our lives, we too can prosper by degrees until we too are freed from bondage.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
I did not get transferred, and neither did Boss!!!  Hooray!!!  She is however probably going home at the end of this transfer. =[  We’re really sad, but missions end!  Go figure!
No crazy stories this week… OH!  Except I keep getting hit on by weirdies!  Every time we go tracting, at least one weird dude whistles at me or something.  Really getting annoying.  I may start going without makeup or something.  Haha.  Not really. But seriously it’s annoying.
And that’s that!
Love you all!!!  Happy Thanksgiving this week!  (it is this week right?  Canada already had theirs… haha)
Love Sister Arbon
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