This has been a pretty productive week! We taught 8 member present lessons and 6 recent convert/ less active lessons. Sadly we didn't teach any other lessons- lessons without members present. But that's 14 lessons, and sadly one away from the challenge our District Leader gave us. But this week we will for sure get it!
Monday we had a good p-day and then taught a recent convert. We should have planned to go with an investigator family who went to a
members home for family home evening. We didn't realize that till the next day... Our bad.
Tuesday we weren't feeling too great. On our way to dinner we got stopped by a guy. He pulled up next to us and got out and walked over to us as we were walking on the sidewalk. He asked if we were Mormons. We said yes. He told us he had a couple of questions for us. We said alright so he proceeded to ask why we believe that God has a body. We told him we believe that we are made in His image and that we lived with a God before this life and there have been people who have seen God and testified of His body. We also talked about the scripture in Jeremiah how God knew us before we were formed in the belly. It was an interesting contact. But we had dinner and a lesson with some less actives. Then we had a lesson with one of our investigators at a members house . We watched the conference talk by President Monson from the
October 2013 "I Will Not Fail Thee Nor Forsake Thee". It went really well.
She loved it! We got home and had gotten a text from the man we met on
the street saying he went to the website Mormon.org we gave him to help answer his questions, because it seemed like he wanted to bash on the
street so we gave him the card and our number and he texted us! Crazy...
that rarely happens. He said there was only one scripture it mentioned in genesis to back up our belief of God having a body. But then the zone
leaders got our phone to replace it with a new phone we would get the next day.
On Wednesday we were going to go to Zumba again but Sister M.still wasn't feeling too great. We also didn't have a phone because the zone leaders took our phone the night before because we were going to get a new phone on Wednesday. So I studied for about three hours and tried to find better scriptures to share with the man who stopped us the day before. I found a ton of good scriptures and everything correlated so well with the restoration! At least that's what I thought. But we used the members phone to make calls to get members out with us for the day. We taught a former investigator who
we began teaching when we got here almost 5 months ago but she was always so busy and never home and she was always in and out of the hospital getting things ready to have surgery on her eye...she's blind...so we dropped her. But we called to see how her surgery went and she said she could now see out of one eye and was so happy! She scheduled a time we could come by and said she is always praying for us. Very sweet! She is also getting her teeth fixed and her wrist broke before her eye surgery and that's almost healed. It is cool to see the similarities between her being able to see and her beginning again to learn about the gospel! We saw a recent convert and enter over the restoration with her again because it had been a while. Then we were supposed to take our investigator to do family history again but she was sick. We got our new phone and were so thankful! I can't imagine how missionaries did it before without cell phones!
Thursday was zone meeting. There are certain meetings where I get super pumped about the work and others where I feel like a failure missionary...this was one of those I feel like a failure meetings. I saw a lot of my weaknesses and what I need to work on with myself and my thingies skills. I'm thankful my weaknesses have been shown but it hurts my pride of course. We never like to hear we are wrong. But it was a pretty good day. We went to see a new investigator but she wasn't home. Turns out she was at the doctors. But we were able to go by and see an investigator we haven't seen in over a month! She's going through a rough time but we were able to go help her out. It was good to see her again and she got a new number so that's why we hadn't been able to get a hold of her. We had dinner with the bishops family at the baseball park cause their son was in a championship game so we got subway and went to eat there. It was fun. Then we taught a less active couple to help them get back into the swing of things. They hadn't been to church in over a month because of work. We are going to help them go to the temple to get sealed. Then we helped our investigator again with family history. It was a pretty good day.
Friday we taught a less active and then had sushi for lunch and did our weekly planning. We taught the man who stopped us on the street at the park with a couple from the ward who joined us. It was a little contentious and he had the agenda already planned. It was letter difficult. He was trying to teach us when he had asked us to teach him why we believed god has a body. We were pretty bold and said if we understand you correctly, you wanted to meet today so we could tell you why we believe god has a body but you haven't let us share with you yet why we believe that. He called us later that night to apologize for taking over and talking to much causing us to be late to our next appointment. We had a ward potluck and that was fun. Sadly not many nonmembers, about 2. We were supposed to go on exchanges but the other sisters forgot. We got home to meet them and called and texted but didn't hear from them. We got really worried. We still didn't hear from them after 9:30 and told the zone leaders. We didn't hear from them till a little after 10. They had forgotten and their phone was on silent. We had been praying individually that we wouldn't have to go on exchanges and we got scared that we caused them to get in an accident or kidnapped because of our selfish prayers. But they were okay and we both had a good Saturday and it was important we were not on exchanges.
So Saturday we helped a members nonmember daughter clean up her sons birthday party. She has two boys both with special needs and we have been doing service for her every once in a while so we've gotten pretty close. We then had a lesson with a recent convert and her visiting teacher and then went to see a new investigator from a few weeks
ago who had invited a friend over to contradict everything we said. We went back to see if he really did have intent in learning the truth. We were going to teach about the Book of Mormon but it turned into him asking us questions about our beliefs. The member we brought with was perfect for this! As we were planning for him the day before Sister M. had the thought to bring a really strong convert with us and the sister we brought was available! All the questions he was asking were questions she had asked the missionaries. It was pretty cool. It started kind of contentious and him wanting to prove us wrong and then it turned into a good lesson and the spirit was there as the sister bore her testimony and helped answer his questions. We then had dinner at our ward mission leaders house and then had a quick meeting. We also had a lesson with our investigator. She wasn't home at the time so we went over to a members and did some service for them there and then our investigator came over. Before she came over we had a really nice talk with the sister about some cool spiritual experiences she or family members had had. We then taught a really awesome lesson on the plan of salvation. Her father had died a few years ago and it was cool to help her know where he is and that he too is learning the gospel of Jesus Christ. We talked to her about how the family history work will help her ancestors will be able to accept the gospel and she can live with them forever. It is so cool to see the hope this gospel brings! It just brings everything together from the temple visit and our lessons and family history! It's so cool!
Sunday was decent. We didn't have anyone at church sadly and all our appointments cancelled on us, luckily we were able to reschedule one with a potential family for later in the day. We had dinner and made homemade pizzas at a members! It was really fun! The dough rose really well because the sister put the dough in her car to rise with the windows up...really good idea! Then we went by one of our investigators homes to see how she was doing. She had to go to the hospital that morning to get stitches on her leg. The medicine they gave her made her really sleepy so she was in bed all day! But we went to teach the potential family and it went really well! The mom isn't too interested but she is ready, she just doesn't know. She's stubborn but if it's gods will she'll come around. The father is searching and the two sons are super polite. I think they have a lot of potential! Sadly they didn't accept a return appointment they said they would call. Therefore making them not new investigators in area book! But it was a good week!
I love this work and I am so happy for the hope and peace the gospel brings! Thank you all for your love and support and prayers! I love you all!