Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Wow!  What a week!  A lot of crazy things happened but we saw a lot of tender mercies this week!  On Monday and Tuesday my companion and I were sick.  I still wanted to go out and do things but on Tuesday I got a really bad  bloody nose.  Thankfully our district meeting was held at our building in Fond du Lac instead of in Osh Kosh so I didn't have to drive and we were able to just walk to to the church after my bloody nose.  Unfortunately it kept us in most of the day but, perhaps it was a tender mercy.  We were so busy running from appointments and we have had so much traveling to do lately we didn't check how many miles we had left for each day.  When we did we barely had enough to get to district meeting next week.  So we have learned our lesson and are biking and walking to all of our appointments now, haha.  It has been really hard, especially in a skirt and it is hard to balance sometimes with a side bag full of  Book of Mormons but I am actually having a lot of fun with it!  I learned how to tie the shoulder strap of my bag in a way that it will stay on and we have been blessed with good weather!  It is fun to be outside a lot; we've been able to talk to a lot of people too. 

We have been working hard to meet with all of our recent converts and their home teachers to teach them the new member lessons.  So far it is going pretty well.  We had an awesome lesson of the Plan of Salvation to Angel.  Her home teachers are both amazing!  One of them is about to go on a mission to Ghana.  I really felt the spirit and the importance of the plan of salvation during that lesson.  It was really neat.  Bro. Marchant bore a powerful testimony of the importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ.  It really hit me how much the atonement does affect everything we do and how it helps all of us. 

On Friday we biked to our appointment with Pricilla and were able to meet her mom too!  It was awesome that Pricilla started telling her mom about our church and invited her to church.  They both came to church on Sunday, yay!  Then it was just a little further to our next appointment so we just decided to keep going.  Then it was only two miles until our appointment in North Fond du Lac so we biked to that.  Then we realized we were really far away from our apartment and it was going to get dark before we got out of our last appointment in North Fond du Lac.  We didn't have the right gear to bike in the dark and we aren't supposed to do that.  We decided we needed to ask someone for a ride home but couldn't find anyone.  We were in a pretty tough spot but I didn't feel worried.  Then I remembered something about Alyssa Ferguson, a girl preparing to go on a Spanish speaking mission, maybe coming to our appointment with the Valdez family (they only speak Spanish).  She did and offered to give us a ride home!  That was amazing!  Appointments with the Valdez family are always really neat!  We have to have a translator and I just love them!  I had a hard time stomaching the dessert though, haha. 

Then on Saturday we were moving people almost all day!  We saw a really cool miracle with Sister Hiley this week and it just stood out to me so strongly just how much God is aware of each and everyone of us and our needs and situations and hears the cries of our hearts.  He is so willing to help us!  Remind me to tell you that story.  Anyway, we helped her and Sister Damrau move.  It was a lot of work but we did it! And at lunch we got pizza and the pizza delivery man was Eric!  The lost less active we met whose wife was interested.  We lost contact with them so it was so cool that he just happened to deliver our pizza! 

 Well, the church is astoundingly true!

Sister Prestwich

P.S.  The fall is gorgeous here!