Sister Preston has been called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
in the Ohio Columbus Mission. She will serve from March 2014 through September 2015. Follow her service here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This week in the land of Powell

Our newest convert is one of the most wonderful, jolly people anyone has ever met!! This last week before her baptism she was going through quite a hard time. She had everything go against her. Her family, and her friends. BUT, she knew in the end that she could rely on the Savior. We had a very heart warming meeting with  her the night before her baptism. She gave us the reasons not to be baptized and reasons to be baptized. We bore powerful, simple testimonies of the the Savior, and His redeeming love. By the end of the meeting, we contacted everyone who had ever taught her with us, and asked them to keep her in their prayers. The power of prayer certainly is real. She came the next morning, with her husband, and her best friend. We knew that it meant the world to her. The next day at church, she mentioned something that I have been thinking about a lot since then. She mentioned that she has been very independent when it comes to emotional welfare. She said "I felt stronger letting him help." I was thinking about this on a much bigger scale. Us, and our Savior.

This transfer has been one of the most trying ones. In ways that I won't say now, but I learned a lot.

Our next most progressing investigators is so wonderful!! We have had wonderful lessons with her. The other day we talked about the Doctrine of Jesus Christ in 2Nephi 31 Click here for a link to the scripture. We asked her very inspired questions, and she was putting the pieces of the puzzle together. She started saying things like " So there was an apostasy!" it was all jolly!
Over all this week has been wonderful.

I hope that everyone has a great week!


Sister Preston

Monday, October 20, 2014

There are no words that could ever describe how jubilant this Gospel makes me

We have an investigator who is getting Baptized this Saturday at 10 in the morning!! Yay!! You should see how happy she is!! It's truly been an incredible invariance teaching her. She told us the other day that she finally had a spiritual confirmation that she needed to be baptized. She said that on her bike ride, she stopped by this old church that she would normally go to pray. She has been having a few problems with her family, and she has felt like she should take it to the Lord. She said that as she was praying, this unimaginable feeling came to her, and that the words that she was saying were not her own.  She continued to express how the feeling that she had in her heart was so peaceful (the spirit) was helping her to feel better about the 25th. I am so happy for her.
I've noticed thus far on my mission that each person that has to come to a decision like this makes it with the Lord. I have NOTHING what so ever to do with it. I am amazed at the love that is shown towards those who are about to embark on an incredible journey. A journey that reveals unto us our true identity, and our true potential. Our investigator sees the significance of this; and I couldn't be more giddy for her.
The more I read the Book of Mormon, and ponder it's words throughout the day, the more I know that it is indeed the word of God. The more I know that I must have a balance of all things in my life. There are no words that could ever describe how jubilant this Gospel makes me; nor for how much it has helped me, and the people that I have grown to love.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!

Sister Preston

Monday, October 6, 2014

We Thank thee Oh God for a Prophet

Family and Friends!! We have had the blessed opportunity to hear from a Prophet of God. I hope all of you took notes!
There is certainly a special feeling when we gather together to hear from our Father in Heaven's servants. Quite a few of the talks were focused on those who are investigating the Church; I know that those who are investigating over here in Powell enjoyed it. We got to watch the Priesthood session with one of our investigators. It honestly was an interesting experience... especially compared to that of the Woman's Conference. :) Sister Skillings and I got a kick out of it.
We have seen MIRACLES. MIRACLES I tell you!!
Miracle #1. There is this man who Sister Skillings has been teaching for the past four months. He was on the verge of becoming an internigator (or someone who loves the church but isn't interested in changing... yet.), until we had an fantastic lesson with him about eternal marriage. The Spirit was incredibly strong, and when you looked at him in the eyes, you could tell that he could feel the Spirit. We invited him to follow the example of our Savior, and he gladly accepted. He'll be baptized on November 1st. It's been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more grateful. He was also one of the ones that we had watch Conference. He was a trooper and watched all of the Saturday sessions. We asked him how he felt afterward, and he said "Well, I have a lot to process. It feels like my head is going to explode." He cracks me up. 
It was honestly an incredible movie, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Miracle #2. The other person that we have on date for baptism for the 25 of this month watched Conference. SHE LOVED IT!! She liked the talk about the Sacrament, and afterward, she had a whole bunch of questions about it.
All in all, the Spirit of General Conference has been one that I very much enjoy as a missionary. In fact, I always want to be missionary so that way I am always prepared to receive the revelation. Now, I've been asked what my favorite talk has been, and I honestly can't choose. I loved all of them. There were some that appealed to me more, because I felt that my investigators would need to hear these words. The longer I am out here in the Great Ohio, the more I realize each day that this work is not even about me. This work is about the doing the will of the Father. I am the privileged one who get's to help out our Savior in the gathering. The field is white, and ready to harvest. I know that the words of our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson are true. He is a Prophet of God. I know that the men and woman who spoke at this session have been inspired by God. I have experienced for myself the power and the happiness that this Gospel brings. There is no greater joy than doing the work of our Lord.
I pray everyone has a wonderful week!!
Sister Preston 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall in Powell

I am so excited that is is fall!! I am in the BEST AREA, we have so many trees!!
Last week in Powell:
We have been meeting with this woman. She has quite a tragic story... but we are working on helping her to ignite that testimony of the Restoration, and the Plan of Salvation. We have been meeting with her once a week. So far, it's going well. :)
We have been doing a lot of reactivation over here. There is another man whom we are working with. He is excommunicated, and is wanting to come back. He gets lost on some of the deep questions that all of us have about the gospel. He's doing wonderfully though.
There is this lady who we are working with. She is wonderful. She went to a baptism for the first time this past week. She loved every moment of it. She is looking forward to her own baptism, which will be on the 25th of this month.
The longer I am out, the more I realize that this work is not about what I want to get out of it, although that is very important, but it's what I can do for the Lord. What talents I can gain for those who stand in need of comfort. For those who just need to be loved.
I hope everyone is getting super pumped for General Conference!! The General Woman's meeting was amazing!! We are incredibly blessed to have modern day Prophets. Take advantage of that!!
I love this Gospel, and I am humbled to be a servant for the Lord.
I love all of you dearly.
Sister Preston