Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014, Kearney, Missouri

Dear Family, 

Well, it sounds like you have all had quite the busy week and I am glad that things seem to be going well for you overall.

You're probably wondering why this email is titled, "The Cat's Meow", so here's the story, ha-ha! Sister Jarman and I have decided to start a diet and exercise regime this week and we had it all figured out last week of what we are going to eat. We decided to tell the other missionaries about it, because it really is an awesome plan. Well, the Zone Leaders later told us that they decided they need to be healthier, and so they said they are going to make it into a competition with us. So whichever companionship loses the most weight before transfers wins. That gives us 3 weeks and we are doing "weigh-ins" today, ha-ha! Anyways, we were telling our investigator family, the Stringfellows, about all this and Jeff just looked at us with a very quizzical look and said, “I don't know why you're doing that. I'm not trying to flirt with you or anything, but you two are beautiful. No seriously, you two are the cat's meow!". It was soooo funny! Ha-ha-ha-ha, so there you have it! He's said it on a few other occasions this last week, he is hilarious! Also, the Stringfellows call us every night to make sure we have a dinner appointment because otherwise they insist they feed us. They are full of so much love for us and they have already told us that if we ever come back to Missouri to visit that they insist we stay in their home because we are their family. They are so sweet! I love them!!

Anyways, this has been a wonderful week. The baptism on Saturday with Dalton Stringfellow (the 10 year old boy) went really well. It was probably the most wonderful baptism I had ever been to. The Spirit was so strong and Jeff and Sam (the parents) bore their testimonies and each one said one of the opening and closing prayers, it was so great! After the baptism Bishop took us and the Stringfellows out to Red Robins and the 24 year old waiter turned out to be RLDS. The Stake President's son is his best friend. He told us he is practically Mormon because he believes a lot of the same thing and he went to all 4 years of seminary with his friend. He was so awesome. We had a great talk with him. We asked him if we could send missionaries by his house, but he said he's met with missionaries in the past and they haven't been able to clear up his finer detailed deep doctrinal differences. We were kind of bummed that we couldn't help him more since he's out of our area, but we hope his friend keeps working on him, because he is so ready for the gospel.

Also, we were able to find two new investigators both of which were referrals from members. The one lady lives across the street from us, and we were finally able to catch her the other day. She is so sweet and said she has some questions, so we are going to start teaching her. She met with elders years ago in Florida, but her husband didn't approve. We're excited to start working with her. Also, our recent convert Kate has a friend that just moved to Lawson from Joplin and she is interested in learning, so we are going to teaching her as well.

Church got cancelled because of a snow storm that rolled in. We got 10 inches of snow and it was 1F outside with a -19F wind-chill. We went out and shoveled, and I felt like my legs were getting frost-bite. Dienna and her family, our new investigator across the street, came over and helped us shovel. So, instead of shoveling taking an hour it only took about 20 minutes. They are so nice! We have discovered there are a lot of challenges the ward members are having with one another and with the ward mission plan. I know with the help of the Lord and the ward council we will be able to become tools in the Lord's hands. He will be able to refine us and become the tools to help refine this area. I'm thankful for the miracles I have been able to see so far in this area and I'm grateful for the families and individuals that I have been blessed to help come towards the gospel path. I love you all, and I am grateful for the examples you are to me in my life.

 I hope you keep having a great week, and that you are able to receive the answers you need in your daily decisions and decisions in your callings. I know the Lord lives, and that He is anxiously engaged in this work and seeing how it continues to move forward. I am grateful to be a servant of the Lord!

All my love,

Sister Luening

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