Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Little Blessings from Heaven!

Hello Family! Well this was a great week! Seriously! We had a lot of fun, were working hard, and our numbers were on fire! It was great!
Sister Kim and I filled out our "stewardship worksheet" a few weeks ago, which is basically a piece of paper to set goals for our area, our companionship and ourselves. And we've really started implementing the goals we made, and it is working! One of our goals is to tract at least 6 houses a day. (now you're probably thinking that's not very many houses, but trust me! haha in this area its a lot. With all of the hills and how spread out the houses are it can take a while! so its a really great goal! So everyday this week we did 6 @ 6. And wow this week was such a success! It was awesome! We got a few new investigators, none of them came from tracting, but we are positive that it is coming from us putting our faith out there and trusting the Lord! We know  that this is His work and that He wants it to be done, so we just have to have faith and work!! And voila its working!
So on Wednesday we went and saw Louie again, and he has still got the same issues. He can't see the big picture, the eternal picture. He can only focus on his personal tribal issues right now. It's pretty ridiculous. We're hoping that he might change, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. We we started tracting this one street called Monarch this week, and we met some of the nicest people ever, none of them were interested but they commended us on our work and they let us share with them about the Restoration. We also visited a 95 year old lady named Nina, she is very cute. Not really interested or anything, but we'll work on her ;). And we were able to teach a less active named Ashleys kids a lesson. It was a good day.
Thursday: Our phone has decided it totally sucks and it doesn't want to receive texts from our district leader, so district meeting is usually supposed to be at 10:30, so we planned our day that way, and then when we left I was like Oh wait! We never got a text from Elder Prudent (our district leader) we should probably double check with someone. Sure enough! District meeting was at 12:30 instead of 10:30 ahaha so we readjusted our whole day and made it work. District meeting was good, Elder Prudent wanted us to do a self evaluation. So we filled out the attribute activities in PMG and did a transfer report of ourself. Its to help us see who we want to be when we're done our mission, and to see what we need to work on in order to be at that level. We taught Margaret a lesson about Faith and why it is important. She enjoyed that. We continued tracting on Monarch, met some more nice people, still no one interested but it was okay. We received a media referral today! Which was awesome! you know in movies when little care packages come down in mini parachutes? Thats how I feel about media referrals! They are little blessings sent from heaven! hahah! This referral is named Toinette, and she doesn't actually live in our area, but she prefers sisters over elders, soooo we got the referral. We had dinner with a super hilarious young family tonight.
Friday we had weekly planning, which was good. Just did the usual planning. We are doing really good with the goals we set for ourselves. And it is really helping out our area. We visited Kat in the afternoon and went to see a member to follow up on a referral she gave us. And we arranged a service project to help them fill in this giant trench in their front yard, so we've got the elders on board for that and we're gunna do it on saturday. BYOS. Bring your own Shovel. ;). haha. We did some more tracting, didn't meet anyone too special, but it was still a good experience, and we're still going out and trying. Then in the evening we visited a few less actives.
Saturday was a really good day. In the morning we just did some "house keeping" stuff, like making phone calls and getting things updated and stuff. And then after lunch just as we were about to head out, out phone decided to die..... ( we don't get very good service at our house, so it only stays charged for like 8 hours, it barely makes it overnight) So we had to go out though, hahah so we went out with a dead phone. We went and met Toinette! Turns out her sister was the one who sent in the referral, she is a member in idaho, and she is concerned for her sister(Toinette) because they are both super old and Toinette has not been baptized. Toinette believes in Jesus Christ, and even reads from the Book of Mormon. So we taught her the Restoration, and I invited her to be baptized, and hahah she said yes I will be baptized. BUT I don't want to stop drinking beer or smoking cigarettes. hahahaa. So we asked her if Jesus Christ asked her to stop smoking and drinking would she? And she said he would have to come right to her and tell it to her face. Soooo we've got a long path in front of us, but it will all be good.She is a nice lady. She is 81, but she looks like she's like 60. So I'll update more on her once we get to know her better. After that we met up with Ashley, she is a young woman in the ward, she comes out with us sometimes, she is awesome! She's going to go on a mission once she's 19. Hardly anyone was home, but the few people we talked to weren't very interested. Then we had dinner at the Elzinga family. Haha it was a funny time. Then we went and visited an active family called the Middlemans. After that we went to visit this family of "formers" and hahah oh my gosh. We got ATTACKED. It was brutal. We come in, and they had their other born again Christian friend over, and then all of a sudden then she whipped out her bible and this piece of paper with bashing points for other religions, which obviously aren't coming directly from the source. So they started just attacking us and telling us what we "believE" (which wasn't accurate at all) But they said they wanted to ask us questions, but they didn't even let us talk, so it was just them talking the whole time (lol and this is a sassy black woman just so you can get the full effect) ahaha. But then finally we just said we're not here to be told what we believe and to be attacked and to not even get a chance to talk. Then sister kim shared my favorite scripture 2 Nephi 25:26, testified and then we left. Lol it was crazy. They make nooooo sense in what they believe. We have no idea if they think that the Godhead is 3 separate beings, or 1 person. I'm not too sure if they know or not. Gah, it was just nuts. And they believe that you can be saved by Grace alone. Makes NO sense! Why would Jesus say Do what I do? Follow me. Follow the commandments. Faith without works is DEAD. Does that sound like you just need a belief in Jesus to be saved? Nah I didn't think so either haha. They just don't have the full picture. Its sad for them. But ya, we'll keep trying, but we're not going to try to have lessons in their home anymore cause the spirit just wasn't there! haha, ya after that we met with Brother Dold, our WML and then called it a night!
Then it was sunday! Church was good. All of the talks were on the Atonement which was really nice, during Sunday school we were able to meet with this 15 year old named Chris who is a non member and he had a lot of questions regarding the Atonement and sacrament and Jesus Christ, so we answered those and it was really good. We gave him a book of mormon and we're hoping for another appointment this week. After church we visited this Less active brother Lequieu. He is really interesting. He has cancer really bad, and so he's really studying and trying to figure out everything he can about God, but he is a verrry logical thinker and so he's trying to put the pieces together logically, but that's  not how religion works! So ya, we're going to keep working with him. Then we had an appointment with brother Workman ( a less active) and the bishop. Lol the bishop wanted us to teach him and we decided to do the plan of salvation and he was just shooting down everything we asked. It was ridiculous. Then we had dinner at the bishops house, hahah what an interesting family. Then we visited a couple less actives and then went to a fireside (cause we were specially invited and cause Chris the boy we taught at church was there) It was really cool. This guy in our ward named Scott traveled to Southeast asia and he showed us pictures and stuff. It's really beautiful over there! 
Today is Pday! So its been good. We played ultimate frrisbee as a zone, and thats about it! :)
Throughout the week we have also been trying to catch a duck, oh and also somehow wasps keep getting into our room so we think our attic may be invested with wasps so we called the pest control ahahah. Good times! But it has been a great week! ITS A GREAT DAY IN THE KINGDOM :)
I love and miss you all!!!!!
ps Next week is transfers (but pday is still on monday), so i'll report back what will be happening! 

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