Monday, September 8, 2014

Food Network

Goooood morning everyone and happy 4 month mark to me!
Things are swell here in the New York New York South Mission.

I WAS ON TV THIS MORNING. Coming up November 3, tune into food
network to see Sister Layton on the screen. I was just chillin out
eating fries and hamburgers as they filmed my face hahahaha. 'Twas a
dream come true. I've always wanted to be on tv while eating my
fries!!!!!!! Good thing I'm friends with Frank, the owner of F.
Ottomanelli's. It's the best hamburger place in NYC!

Quote of the week by Elder M (who is from Viewmont) while
saying the prayer with the zone: "Please bless the zone bed bugs, that
they will... Die."
When Sister B and I had bedbugs everyone thought we were crazy and
making up stories. Well, this week people in our zone got them....
Realllly really bad. They apologized to us for thinking we are crazy
and that they didn't offer to help us when we had them, because now
they understand what we went through. Elder N filmed it. I shall
send it to you so you can all know what bedbugs look like. Maybe don't
show the video to your children.

The story of J:
'Twas a Tuesday night. Sister B and I had no appointments scheduled for
prime time (6 - 9) so we thought "Hey, we can hit up Astoria and
invite all the less actives out there to the upcoming ward BBQ!" So we
did that. No one was home, but we left nice notes and BBQ invites
taped on their doors. It was just one of those nights where I could
nottttt figure out what Heavenly Father needed us to do! I was feeling
pretty down, not gonna lie. The clock hits 8:30 so we hop on the bus
to make it home by 9:00. After sitting on the bus for about 15
minutes, a teenage boy walks on the bus bawling. Wowow I've never seen
anyone so sad! My heart broke for the poor thing. He sat right next to
Sister B and I, but didn't seem to notice we were there. I
would've talked to him, but he was on the phone, so that's awkward. We
listened to his conversation, he was talking about how he might not
even be alive tomorrow, and that he needs to find Christ again and he
needs to meet new people. Sister B and I kept looking at each other in
awe. Clearly God placed him in our path for a reason! If anyone needs
the gospel, it's this kid! I pulled out our card, and wrote a note on
it. But then we realized he would connect much better with the Elders.
So on a crinkled up piece of paper we wrote their number and wrote
"Need more peace in your life? Call this number!" We handed him the
piece of paper as we hopped off the bus. He looked confused but
accepted it. Well, before we even had time to call the Elders and
explain what had happened, the Elders called us and said "Uhh, did you
give someone our number? Some kid named J called us and said he
needs more peace in his life, so we are meeting with him."
It was a miracle! The Elders say they had the best first lesson
they've ever had in their life with him. He wants to change his life
and he wants to be baptized. The spirit hit him so powerfully. He told
them the night we saw him on the bus he had a dream about his mom who
passed away 6 years ago. I guess she told him he needs to seek a
better life in the dream. So that's cool.
We got to meet him on Friday. He was at the church with the Elders.
When he saw us he shook our hands and said "Thank you. Thank you guys
so much."

So we had a ward BBQ on Saturday. So many people we invited came!
Yayayay! The thing that's interesting about BBQs in New York is that
everyone brings food from "their country." So it almost ends up being
a multicultural night because there's so many foreign foods. I ate
sooo much food... Everyone says "did you try what I brought?" And I
say "no........ But I will right now!" #missionprobs

One reason I love this mission: the missionaries unity! We are
encouraged to share investigators within districts. It has been the
most successful thing! The Elders went and taught N and others
this week, we taught the Elders investigators, and we are all united
as one in the work! Sister B and I are far from perfect teachers,
so we are beyond happy when the Elders go in and share their spiritual
gifts with our investigators.
I thought this was something that most missions did, but this week I
found out it's very unique. I didn't realize that normally
companionships cover their own area. I LOVE the open pool strategy
this mission uses!
Idk if that even made sense. Oh well.

Good news everyone, My studies this week have been based off of PMG
pages 96-97. There is a chart full of scriptures with different ways
the spirit works. I was originally studying this to help my
investigators understand how they might receive answers. Well,
studying this chart ended up benefitting me so much!!! I thought I
knew how the spirit worked, but after studying all the scriptures, I
started to be more aware of how much the spirit really is guiding me
and helping me along the way. It's mind blowing, really. He is with us
24/7 if we are worthy of his companionship! There is no greater gift!
I love the Holy Ghost :)

N is doing so good :) that's all I have to say. I think she will
for sure be ready for baptism by September 20th!

Ok I have to go my laundry is done bye!
-Sister Layton

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