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Monday, July 7, 2014

Tender Mercy: it´s only 90 degrees today!‏

Happy Monday and Happy belated 4th of July!

So It´s been a super sweet week!
I seriously never know what to say..do you know how hard it is to summarize 7 days of miracles and crazy experiences in like 15 minutes? yeah. its hard. But as always, I shall do my best, and will hopefully inspire whoever actually reads this.

So Cody (the very interesting guy we met a while ago, who was and is a practicing monk) got an answer to his prayers about the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith and knows this is the true church! He wants to be baptized even though his parents are completely against it (they kicked him out of his house on the 4th of July and called the cops on him... :( but we sat outside with him and read 1 Nephi 8 with him... cheered him right up!)  He knows that the only thing that really matters is if he is doing what is right in the sight of the Lord.. even if his family disowns him. This seems to happen a lot to the young adults we teach.. but without fail, when they know it´s true, they act! They are such champs!)

Daniela (our recent convert) joined us in a lesson this week with an awesome girl named Cherell. We taught her the restoration and when Daniela double testified that she knew the things we talked about were true, the spirit was so strong and lets just say there was not a dry eye in the room. It truly was amazing to see how strong her testimony has grown from the time we first met with her. I absolutely love this girl! On the same note, Ceairra also joined us in a lesson on Sunday and I felt the sincerity and conviction in her voice as she testified about how the gospel of Jesus Christ has changed her life. She says, it doesn´t change who I am, it just makes me better. I´m like myself, but better. And ohh how true that is! The atonement of Jesus Christ is there so that we can get rid of the parts of ourselves that we´re not really fond of, and develop Christ like attributes that allow us to become the person we want to be! The enabling power of the atonement is incredible! If you have any habits or things about yourself that you don´t really like, then pray to allow Heavenly Father help you change! We are the captains of our destiny (not to get too cheesy or anything) but seriously, we get to decide who we are, and how we act and react, all through the help of our Savior Jesus Christ. What an incredible gift. 

The 4th of July here was pretty sweet! We rode our bikes for about 4 hours and talked to what seemed like everybody in Vegas! It was awesome. Street contacting is like my passion I swear. It´s better then amusement parks, video games, sporting events (except maybe BYU football..). But seriously, we get to talk with complete strangers and most the time they open up to us and tell us their life story! It´s such a rush every time. My favorite part though is when we get to testify that Jesus Christ´s church has been restored on the earth today and that we once again have a prophet called by God to lead and guide us throughout our lives! What. a. blessing! Also, telling people that their is a book, a small blue book, the testified of Jesus Christ and answers every question of the soul.. why are we here? where did we come from? where are we going? This is like huge! It should be on the news in my opinion.. people NEED to know this. So yeah. Street contacting, and being a missionary in general are pretty much the best. things. ever. 

Anddd, i´m out of time.. but one last thought: How amazing is it that we get to partake of the sacrament every single week and be forgiven for things we have done throughout the week that we may not be super proud of. This is huge! The sacrament meeting is the most important meeting in the entire church! Some questions to think about that will make this more meaningful to you: 1. What have I done to please God this week? 2. What can I repent of? 3. Who can I serve? The sacrament is like that parent that pulls us out of the street when a car is coming that we can´t really see yet. It is what saves us and keeps us on the right track! Don´t miss it and Do not take it for granted. 

I love this church. It is perfect. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. He is perfect, and I want to become more like Him everyday. 

Love you all! Have an amazing week. 

Sister Kraus

pics: tan lines and selfie with our sexy helmets.

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