What a week! Where to start?! I feel like we saw so many tender mercies of the Lord this week!
On Wednesday, we went out with our branch mission leader and his wife to an appointment they had with the part member family they home teach. At the end of the lesson our branch mission leader actually invited the husband to take the missionary discussions. That was a little twist, the member inviting them instead of us, but they said they would think about it and before we went out the door they told us we are welcome to come by any time. I think that was a great start with them.
We also met with a former investigator named Dave that the missionaries taught a little bit a year ago. He told us he was not interested in converting but is still interested in learning more. It was a pleasant little surprise on Saturday when he called us and said that he had gone to the church this week to try and find out what time the services were on Sunday and that he wanted to come to church! The best part is, on Sunday he came to church! And he promised he would come again and that next time he would stay for Sunday school too! Yay! He is a nice man and has been through a lot. He suffered from a stroke this year and is very smart but is not able to use his right hand.
We have also been reading the Book of Mormon with a girl named Arianna. Her family is from Mexico and have been strong in the Catholic faith for generations but they are super nice to us and love missionaries! I just love their family so much and want them to accept the gospel and be sealed together as a family! They are open to reading the Book of Mormon with us but won't have any part of coming to activities or church on Sunday. I hope that the Book of Mormon will soften their hearts so we can teach them the restored gospel!
Also, we met Chai, who is from Thailand, and a new family this week. We were going to visit a potential and some little girls that were outside in the yard picking flowers started talking to us and giving us flowers. We were able to talk with their dad about the gospel and have a return appointment with him this week.
Yesterday was pretty neat. We had a lot of meetings to go to and our dinner appointment went kind of long so we were a little discouraged that we felt our day had just slipped away from us. We went out with some members to go visit a less active in the ward but had a few calls to make so we let the members go in and meet her and we stayed out in the car. Heavenly Father answers prayers! My companion and I had been praying for a street to go to and I know we needed to be on that street, even if it was a little weird how we happened to be there. After our calls, we went out and started talking to some of the people on that street. As we were walking down the street, a boy riding a skateboard turned around and said, "hey, are you guys momons?" We said yes and then he told us he really wanted a Book of Mormon because he had been given one but had lost it. He said he has never been religious but something had really stuck out to him when he read that book. Now he wants to start meeting with us! Tender mercies! Well, gotta go! Love you!
The church is astonishingly true!