I have been serving in the Angleton ward. Just to explain a little this new building was announced about 20ish years ago and has been being built only for a few years. They have been waiting on the numbers to pick up in this area to actually move the Angleton people to the Angleton building. So I live in Angleton, but we go to church in Lake Jackson which is another (slightly bigger) town a little south of Angleton.
Hopefully that made sense... hah :)
So yes we will be in the NEW building!! AND they are creating a Young Single Adult ward down here as well!! The Brazoria Singles Branch! :) Which is exactly what we need actually. We have been working with a lot of YSAs and it would help them to be strengthened so much. (I have a soft spot for YSA wards..)
When I was in the Armand Bayou YSA branch there were a ton of YSAs that lived in this general area that didn't really go to church because it was soooo far away from Clear Lake. Now it will be much easier and I am overly excited to see how it all plays out. :)
So we should for sure be in the new building by Conference time. :) maybe before then if we are lucky.
So all that being said.... This week has been great!!
We had a lot of people lined up to come to church, so we were a little bummed when only one came.. but we were still really excited for Hannah! She is the granddaughter of a less active member who taught us how to much homemade tortillas!!
Hannah is the daughter of an Inactive member who doesn't believe in religion. He believes that God exists but he said "I don't want to change and I don't believe that Satan exists." Because of this Hannah really knows NOTHING about God. She only has learned the things that she learned in school about Christianity. It is a really different experience teaching someone the very basics but it is so rewarding. This past week we taught her how to pray and she was so excited to tell us the next day that she really felt like someone was there and was listening to her prayer. :) It was humbling and wonderful to hear about her experience. We were overjoyed when she was able to come to church and the speakers testified of Gods love. It was perfect. Sometimes I am just blown away by the perfect plan that God has for each of us. :)
We finally saw Bernice again this week!!!! It was a tender mercy from the Lord. We really wanted to talk to her and we haven't been able to catch her or call her. We decided to stop by one day with a member and just prayed all day that she would be there. When we went by she didn't answer the door.. we were a little put out but we decided to go somewhere else and then come back and try again. By the time we got back over there we were excited but not all that surprised to see her getting out of her car with groceries. I say that we were not surprised because from our prayers and studies that morning we knew that God told us that we would be able to talk to Bernice today. So while we were overjoyed we knew it was simply God following through on his promises. (which he does EVERY TIME by the way)
So we got to talk to her and she told us that her boyfriend was just a little upset about having to live the law of chastity and so that is why they have been off the radar. We testified to her about families and the way that God views them and set up another appointment to meet with her. She told us that she has still be reading and she still loves the things that she has learned. She KNOWs this is true. She is just a little scared of the little bumps in the road.. That is ok! Just don't back away from a good thing!
The thing about Satan is he is super sneaky. If he doesn't get you to do something wrong he will get you to doubt for forget the light and knowledge you have received. The danger of not reading our scriptures everyday and not going to church is not that we will suddenly become this horrible person.. the danger is that slowly we lose our reverence and sensitivity to spiritual things. We slowly loose the reality of our identity and our potential as children of God. We might always remember that Jesus Christ is our Savior, but can you feel it? Can you say right now that you can feel the power of Christs atonement making you clean and guiding your path? If not then guess what? YOU CAN! just do the things that God asks. It is simple.
To end I just want to include a part of a a talk by Jeffery R. Holland. It is called "Cast Not Away Therefore Thy Confidence" and is suuuper good!