Good things are happening in Presque Isle. We have a few investigators that we are helping to prepare for baptism. We are hoping Brandy will be ready for her date on July 26, but we will see how things go over the next week and a half. We really want her to feel ready before that date. There's a lot to cover with her still, but she is showing real growth and progress which is the most important thing.
We set another baptismal date with another investigator for the end of August. Her big struggle has been quitting smoking. Her husband smokes as well, so that makes it hard to quit. She came to church yesterday, and her husband read from the Book of Mormon with us last week when we visited her! Slowly but surely good things will happen with that family.
Sam found out that he will be able to come to church starting the middle of August!!! WAHOO!!! Someone else will be taking the Sunday shift at his work, so he can come to church. He is praying about a baptismal date for the end of August. He feels peace and comfort as he prays and reads the Book of Mormon each day. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom a week or two ago. He said the only thing he would have to give up is coffee, and as of a week prior to us even teaching him about the Word of Wisdom, he had stopped drinking coffee! He made a commitment to stop drinking it because he knew it was bad for him. Talk about prepared. There are great things ahead for Sam.
We are also meeting with a less active family in Fort Fairfield. I love them SO much and just want them to have the happiness of the gospel in their home. We are trying to help them see the vision that the gospel gives us as individuals and families. It's not just about dos and don'ts. It's about happiness. We had dinner with them on Saturday and they told us they have started doing family home evening and personal scripture study again!!! YES! One step at a time. :)
I know that this gospel is true. I know that the Savior lives and loves me. We had a powerful zone training last week that turned out to be very focused on God's love. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and that I am His daughter. My most prized possession is this knowledge. When Christ becomes the center of my life, I feel peace and stability, whatever may come my way. In preparation for zone training last week, we were asked to write a talk about charity. I read a talk from October 2013 General Conference called "Drawing Closer to God" by Elder Vinson that reminded me how much Heavenly Father and the Savior loves me. A lot of times when I think about charity, I think about how I need to develop it, but as I prepared for this talk, I felt the Savior's pure love for me. That love enables me to become better and reach higher. It helps me to know that everything is going to be okay.
Have a great week! I love you!
Sister Maren Renda
Love is always in season,
and Christ is the reason.