This week we had another good lesson with M! We talked about the 10 commandments and how we can gain those blessings from obedience. She opened up a ton and asked really good questions. We were blessed with another Spirit filled lesson and we were so excited to keep going on. Until last night :/ We got a text from Sister V saying that she no longer wanted to take the lessons and had no interest in learning about the church. We were heartbroken! There is no way based on those lessons that she would turn away. She talked about not wanting to lose that "feeling" and wanted to do what she could. So we are thinking her family stepped in a turned her away. We are praying that we will be able to get her back on track this week. She doesn't live far from our place so we are going to try and see her on our own.
Most of our proselyting time was spent walking the neighborhoods again. It seems like it was a week where all of our investigators dropped. But at the same time I feel like we talked to so many people. I don't know how that works! It is so nice to see people soften as you OYM them. For example there was this lady working in her yard so we walked up to offer some help. She was a bit cold and didn't want a long conversation. As we asked a few questions she opened up about her family and her church home. She then said that she has been trying to get to know more about other religions and was curious how the Mormons got started. So we gave her a Restoration pamphlet and told her that it would answer her question. It was so neat how the whole situation turned around. We even got to say a prayer with her! Then it got even better! As we kept walking a car drove by and stopped to look at a house that was for sale. It was M! We had been trying to get a hold of her for weeks now. She literally just fell into our path. If we had given up and written the first woman as a loss we wouldn't have made contact with our investigator. There are countless experiences like that everyday! God's timing is perfect :)
On Wednesday we served in Christ's kitchen and our favorite Coach came in to eat. After we asked if we could have a lesson with him and he said sure. But instead of us teaching him about the Gospel as planned he tried to teach us how to box. Oh man. We couldn't get him to stop. We literally had to just get in our car to get him to be quiet. So things with Coach T probably aren't going to work out as planned. But we hope he keeps coming to church! He did call us later that night and went off for about 20 minutes about his plan to run for President. His rants are hilarious.
On Thursday we were at Christ's Kitchen again because they are low on volunteers that day. Man were we needed. The staff that day doesn't interact with the people at all. There was NO Spirit there at all. So we started talking to everyone. These people are already at a very low point they need any happiness they can get. Leave it up to the Mormon girls :) We felt so blessed to have that experience to lift those people's spirits!
We also spent a lot of time with members this week. We are trying to fill our dark evening time. I forgot how much harder the work becomes when the sun goes down at 6 PM. Nothing major to report other then the fact that I got to hold two snakes at one time. It was awesome. Also, I just love members. Their stories are hilarious. One member told us about how they met and got engaged. It was probably one of the best I have heard out here. But it just goes to show how Heavenly Father makes it all work out in the end. This guy got confirmation he was supposed to marry this girl while she was dating another guy. He trusted it and went for it. He totally got the girl and he is very well pleased!
Goodness life is just so fun to hear about!
Then on Sunday we participated in the Broadcast that I am pretty sure you watched, too, which is cool. I had no clue that Sister Reeves was President Reeves' wife. Shows how much I paid attention to mission presidents before my mission. Let me know what y'all thought about the broadcast!
I guess that about sums it up.
I am officially half way through my last transfer. It is hard to believe. I am trying to keep focused and working hard.
Let me know if there is anything on your Texas Bucket list that I can try to accomplish in my last few weeks here.
I love y'all so much and I am getting excited to see guys SO soon :)
Have a great week!