“I knowed I was fixin to get baptized”

Hey y’all!

What a fabulous week!

To start out we had an exchange with the Gardendale sisters!! I was with cute cute Sister Haws. She is such a stellar missionary! For reals I was blown away! This girl has great things coming for her!

On Tuesday night we had a GREAT lesson with Jeffery! We set a solid baptism date with him and he said, "it’s already the happiest day of my life!" Wow.

Later in the week we spent some good time tracting out in the country! Seriously it was GORGEOUS and I was in heaven!!! And you never know the people you will meet… we met some real crazies and also some really solid people! Alabama country roads have my whole heart! #countryroadstakemehome 🎶🎵

On Friday we were able to go see a less active sister in Leeds and do some service for her. Service truly does soften stoney souls . Later that day we had another great lesson with Jeffery!!!! We taught tithing and fasting and it’s really amazing how many southerners are amazed that we have a lay ministry. Not a super common thing but lots of people agree that that’s the way it should be! he told us, "as soon as I walked in this church I knowed I was fixin to get baptized." WE LOVE JEFFERY!!! We had another solid lesson with him on Saturday. (sorry not sorry if you’re sick of hearing about Jeffery) We had Brother Thunell with us and he asked Jeffery if any part of the Book of Mormon has touched him, (he’s already in Mosiah!) and Jeffery said, "every. single. word. Every single word has touched me. I have been trying all my life to find something that would soothe my soul and calm my mind. I’ve tried everything and this book is the only thing that has worked. I KNEW as soon as I picked it up that it was true and my life hasn’t been the same since. My life will never be the same." The spirit was so, so strong in the room in that moment. The Book of Mormon truly changes lives. Read it and let it change yours.

Saturday night we had dinner with the wonderful Thunells and watched the women’s session of general conference with them! It was the greatest night ever! Everybody stoked for the rest of conference?!??!!

On Sunday President and Sister Sainsbury came and visited our ward! It was super fun to have them there. Afterwards we had interviews with President and it was the best! Sister Sainsbury showed us the new Easter video the church is releasing on Friday!!! Y’all it is SO GOOD!!!!!

I want to share a part of one of my favorite Ensign articles(https://www.lds.org/ensign/2016/08/young-adults/rooted-in-christ?lang=eng) in preparation for Easter! It’s by L. Whitney Clayton-

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! “When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him” (John 19:5–6). As critically important as the rest of the story is, I stop with Pilate’s words: “Behold the man!” Pilate’s plea was profoundly ironic. Jesus’s physical appearance at that moment was marred, but there never had been until then, and has not been since, any man or woman who more richly deserved to be “beheld.” His life was perfect. He was without peer. No one had ever lived as He did. No one ever would. He possessed every virtue in its consummate form. The Savior had every power of self-control. His emotions and feelings were perfect, as were His thoughts. His understanding was unlimited. He alone was truly worthy of being beheld—from every perspective—and of being examined, measured, and worshipped. No view into His mind, heart, and feelings would or could possibly disappoint. His appearance did not reflect it then, but Jesus was the embodiment of the abundant life. So it was not His appearance at that moment of suffering that we should remember first and foremost (see Isaiah 53:2). It was what He was inside that afflicted physical tabernacle that meant absolutely everything for all of us. What He was made possible what He did. It was the magnificence of what He was that invites our attention. What we should see as we “behold the man” is His crescendoing triumph over the forces of evil, even though it did not then appear to be a victory at all. It was His perfect calm in the center of the most violent storm any human would ever suffer. Every diabolical device the enemy ever invented had been or soon would be unleashed against Him. He overcame and conquered them all. He stood before Pilate in perfect peace and composure."

Have a blessed week! Enjoy conference!
All my love,
Sister Oscarson

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