Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

What an exciting week it has been!  We had a lot of crazy things happen but it is amazing to see the Lord's hand in the details!

Monday, we ran into two former investigators!  One of them came to an activity we had this week and let us come meet with her!  Her situation is a little bit complicated but I hope she recognized that this will help her through the trials she is going through. 
We have a couple new investigators that we are working with now, wahoo!  One of them is named Carolyn and it was so neat because during the lesson at the end she told us that she was going to read the Book of Mormon, come to church, and pray to know if it is true through the Holy Ghost before we even invited her to, haha.  In our lessons with her we always start out by singing a hymn and it is such a neat thing to be able to feel the Spirit come into the room and to see her face as we do sing.  She loves it and says she kind of already knows because of the good she has seen from what we do.   I also loved seeing her excitement when we brought a member with us, she really liked that.  She loves the bible and is very strict with it and at first it was hard to teach her but it is neat to see her softening.  It will still be a long journey ahead but we are excited for her.  We taught her grandchildren to sing "I am a Child of God"  with them as well.
Our other new investigator is Tonya.  We were contacting a house where a potential investigator was and found out that, the potential investigator moved and Tonya had just moved in. But she told us that she had investigated the church about ten years ago and was now just barely searching for a church to go to!  We set a return appointment and taught her the Restoration and it went really well!  
We have still been working with Bonnie and Virginia but having a hard time getting them to church.  Bonnie is so sweet and really wants to go but has health problems that prevent her from coming.  We will be continually praying for her!  We had a super neat district meeting on chapel tours this week and I'm excited to try that out and see if it will help motivate some of our investigators to come to church. 
Other highlights of the week include, getting stuck at a member's house.  The car would not start!  I guess, the car's security system was armed and we couldn't disarm it so we couldn't start the car.  Finally at night we just had the member's take us home.  We planned a full day of walking to all of our appointments.  It was actually a tender mercy because we didn't have hardly any miles left this month.  It was a wake up call.  The next day we got a call from a member that fixed it for us but we still walked all that day to save miles.  It was just what we needed to be guided to walk that day.  We also now have bikes, haha.  We'll see how that goes.
Anyway, one of my favorite things that happened this week was yesterday.  So that girl named Nicole that we volunteer with at the hospital, works with a member of the branch named Emily.  Emily is preparing to go on a mission too and has talked to Nicole a little bit about it.  Well, yesterday Nicole came to dinner at Emily's house and we were able to share a message with her, play a few songs and give her a Book of Mormon!  It was such a neat experience!  She told us that she is Roman Catholic but received the Book of Mormon with joy!  I can't even begin to describe the joy that  I felt as we gave her that Book of Mormon.  I know that the Book of Mormon is true and it changes lives!  I'm so grateful to be a missionary.

The church IS life-changingly true!  Love you!