We had a great week here in Albany! I absolutely love it here. The Ward is so supportive and spoils us, we just found 2 new super awesome people to teach, we are helping the other missionaries in our zone and the Lord is just blessing us like crazy. So life is good for chubby ole Carter. Speaking of which I have 3 weeks to lose 6 more pounds, looks like I might have to start jogging in the morning :/ but Elder Jensen is going home in about 6 weeks so we wants to lose weight as well, which helps. We are cutting back on the fast food and we hope to throw the football around more since the weather is warming up, it was pretty chilly this past week. But this week should be warm and sunny. So as far as the work goes... Last Sunday we helped a lady move in right across the street from us, just wanting to help her out. We stopped by a day or so later to see how she was doing and if we could do anything for her. Well turns out she just got out of a bad relationship, is a single mom of 3 young girls and is going to school and working. So needless to say she has a full plate. But she was really friendly and open to talk with us, so we gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read it. A couple of days later we stopped by and she has read the chapter we had left with her and she said she really enjoyed it! So we taught her the Restoration and she felt the spirit big time! It was such a sweet lesson and she really enjoyed it. So we invited her to come to church, and she actually came! That rarely happens the first time you ask! hah Well it was fast and testimony Sunday, and as a missionary you are kind of scared to have someone come to church for the first time and witness a fast and testimony meeting. But luckily a member of our bishopric was conducting and started off the meeting by bearing a super powerful and spiritual testimony. He is a boss, he even threw in some stuff in there because he knew Gwen was there for the first time. The whole meeting was really good though, Gwen said that she even cried during some. So I see nothing but white clothes and a full font in the near future. We are starting to see miracles like this one more and more. The Lord is good to us, very good. A short thing about my studies this week. I was reading in John where it talks about His association with Pilate and the Jews. Pilate finds nothing wrong, yet the Jews still wanted to kill him. He said "Shall I crucify your King? " And their response was "The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar." It's sad that His own people didn't recognize Him as their Savior. Sometimes I wonder if we, as his faithful followers, sometimes do the same. We don't recognize Him as who he really is, our Savior and Redeemer. Our brother and friend. I know for me, I get caught up in so many other different things, that I forget that sometimes. But, even with the Jews not accepting him, and even with me sometimes not putting him first, He still loves us. He still died for us. And he still continues to cheer us on. Imagine how
much love that is, cause I know that I cant evenimagine that! That
really hit me hard the other day.