Sister Stewart and Sister Ipson
What a title for a blog post. But we have been told there must be opposition in all things. Well Elder Wood and I think this last week has sort of been the opposite of the previous few weeks. We have had cancellations, no shows, can’t meet this week, call again, and no one at home. It could become discouraging if we did not keep focused on the big picture and realize this is just for a short moment and we then if we continue to study, fast, pray and persevere, then THIS TO SHALL PASS. So all is well! Time just goes so slowly when you have too much time on your hands. We did teach couple of lessons and visited one other sister who has committed to us she will attend church the week after General Conference. She fell and bruised her hip and back and she thinks she will be better by then. I have made contact with some of the sisters in the ward who know her and ask them to fellowship her as she tries to come back into activity.
We attended a Young Single Adult dinner and panel discussion at the Appleton 2nd Ward last night. Four very different people from four very different walks of life told the young people how they came to be members of the church, how they gained their testimonies of the gospel and the Savior, what struggles they have gone through that has let them know why a testimony is so important to them and what they are now doing to keep their testimonies growing strong. One has doctorate in history and she teaches at one of the University’s in Green Bay. She also teaches institute at 6:30 A.M. and has for the six and a half years. She expressed how having a calling in the church has blessed her with a strong testimony. She tells of her unlikely journey into the LDS faith when she was nineteen and at a crossroad in her life and how prayer was her life line to the Lord. One came from a little farm town in Pennsylvania, he is a factory worker and he tells how fellowshipping by the branch members helped him want to stay a member and how that testimony help him with the decision to serve a mission in England and how the wonderful family values of the church are so dear to his heart. One was originally from Utah from a good Mormon family but because of problems and decisions she has been divorced twice and married three times. Her testimony came later in her middle years. Her testimony was up and down for a long time and finally became firm and steadfast as she realized the road she was taking and how she was not going to end up where she wanted to be. She decided to try living the gospel and she found the Lord was there for her. She has been to the temple with her husband and family and is now enjoying the journey. She works for LDS Social Services as a counselor for alcohol and drug abuse. She also works at a hospital in Appleton in the same capacity. The final panel participant was a cancer radiologists medical doctor. He is originally from California and was reared in the church and has remained faithful his whole life. He tells how diligent faithful testimony has blessed his life, helped him while serving a mission, helped him find an eternal companion and now blesses their family. There was something for every young person who attended. Somewhere in their stories and testimonies there was an answer to the questions and problems the young members are experiencing. There were investigators who attended the fireside, there were relatively new members, and also life long members some who are struggling with their testimonies. I know the Spirit was there in abundance. It was a wonderful evening.
Sister Ipson and Sister Stewart are part of our district. They are so loving and kind and are very successful missionaries. They work hard and are filled with love. Sister Ipson is to be transferred soon and we will miss her so much. Elder Larrson want to be in this picture also.