Temple Grounds Tours round 2! 05/16/2016

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Hello wonderful family and friends!!

I hope you all have had a good week!
This week was super amazing!!
I’ll start with Monday.. We went to the St. Louis Zoo with Kate!! It was super fun and rainy! We got to spend some time with her and get to know her. It was raining off and on that day so we still decided to go to the zoo! It was still really fun. πŸ™‚

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Kate, Sister Lyons and me at the St. Louis Zoo! It was super rainy!Β 

We had dinner with a member family, one of the daughters is getting baptized in a couple weeks so we decided to share a scripture about the Holy Ghost. They all loved it and knew so much about the Holy Ghost! They are such an awesome family! πŸ™‚
We picked up a new investigator from the Elders in our ward named Kris. She’s hilarious! She’s a bit older but, man, does she have some spunk! Haha we had a good lesson. I can tell she really needs the gospel in her life. The elders were teaching her for a while and thought she might do better with sisters. She told us she didn’t like reading and didn’t want to read the Book of Mormon. We invited her to read just one verse (Moroni 7:41) before we met with her a few days later. When we called to confirm the appointment, she told us she hadn’t read it yet and that she didn’t think she’d have time to before our lesson. We encouraged her to read it. πŸ™‚ Guess what? She read it!! It was awesome. We had a great lesson with her. πŸ™‚
We met a less active member named Christina last week and had an appointment with her this week. We got to know her and her story. She showed us the scriptures she used when she was in seminary and she has this super old Bible. If you know me, you know I love the smell of old books.. She showed us her Bible and before I knew it I was asking if I could smell her Bible. She started laughing so hard! Sister Lyons was laughing/crying! Haha It was great. But then she invited us over for dinner. πŸ™‚ Moral of the story.. Ask to smell Bibles, get invited to dinner.

We also had exchanges this week! Sister Walker came to Oakville with me and Sister Lyons went to Fenton with Sister Bishop. It was so much fun! I learned so much from Sister Walker and we had some great lessons.

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Exchanges with Sister Bishop and Sister Walker!Β 

On Friday, we had a lesson with Carol again. She’s the one with all the birds. Kate came with us!! Kate is such a natural missionary! She bore testimony like a PRO!! She was also able to help Carol with some computer problems she was having.
Saturday was the TEMPLE GROUNDS TOURS!!!!! It was so great!!! I love giving tours. This time they extended the hours so we were there from 2-6. It was going to be chilly and windy, President Morgan asked us to wear our hair back and to check our skirts. haha πŸ™‚ We gave tours every 30 minutes. There were 3 sets of sisters conducting tours so we rotated every tour. It was super successful! There was about 125 people who came. πŸ™‚ Β We also got permission to bring them into the foyer in small groups at a time. That was really special. They had two mirrors on each side and you could see forever. πŸ™‚ Christina came, that was amazing. She loved the tour and felt the spirit so strongly! When we brought her in the foyer, she got emotional and hugged us before she left. She whispered “thank you so much” in my ear. That was a big testimony builder for me. She is starting to remember her testimony again.

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Temple tours with Carol! Elder Johnson and McCulloch photo bombing.Β 

Carol was also able to come. She loved it so much that she went on the tour twice! The first time, we took her inside and said a prayer with her in the waiting room. She asked what she needed to do to come to the temple and said she is willing to work towards the temple. πŸ™‚ She’s so amazing! She is taking steps in the right direction, the next one is coming to church. πŸ™‚

Kate also came. She loved it too.

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Temple tours with Kate and her friend Ryan!Β 

She can’t wait to do baptisms for the dead after she is baptized. She is doing so well! Her baptism is this Saturday and she couldn’t be more excited!! I love her so much! She’s so prepared! πŸ™‚

Also while we were at the temple, I got to meet the temple president, President Clegg!
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Me and President Clegg, the temple president.Β 

When I went at my 6 month mark, he told us he and his wife presided over the England Manchester Mission, which is my dad’s mission! I didn’t get the chance to talk to him then, but he came out and introduced himself to our investigators and less actives. I asked him if he knew my dad and he said yes! It was super cool. He is such a nice man. That was a cool experience. πŸ™‚
All in all it was a great week! We met some amazing people and had a lot of cool experiences. I am so blessed to be a missionary and to be able to share the gospel with the people in St. Louis. I know that Heavenly Father Loves us!
A cool quote I heard this week is, “We tend to emulate those who we look up to” Β The Savior is the ultimate person we can look up to. When we look up to Him, and follow Him, and strive to be like Him, we can emulate His example and bless the lives of others. πŸ™‚
I love you all! Thank you so much for all you do!! πŸ™‚
Sister Oldroyd
Pictures:
Kate, Sister Lyons and me at the St. Louis Zoo! It was super rainy!
Exchanges with Sister Bishop and Sister Walker!
Temple tours with Carol! Elder Johnson and McCulloch photo bombing.
Me and President Clegg, the temple president.
Temple tours with Kate and her friend Ryan!
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