I dont even know what to talk about this week. there are always so many little things that happen but if I just talk about them all, the email doesnt really flow. Today I suppose I will talk about finding and having the faith to find. This is something I always feel like I lack in, but this week it was really great. we found alot of really great people and found them in ways that definitely took faith.
First off there was Shirley. Sister Greenwell and i have a goal to have a baptism on February 11th, the saturday before she goes home. This last sunday was crunch time as far as investigators go because someone has to come to church 3 times before they can be baptized, and so they would have had to come last sunday in order for us to have time. We were praying and praying and praying that we would have some of our investigators there.... and when we got there, there were none. We were so sad, but then One of the brothers in the ward came and grabbed us and took us to Brother Williams, who had brought a friend to church.... Her name is Shirley. We met her and she told us that she wanted to start taking the discussions this week. None of our investigators showed up but we got a new one to start teaching and we hope that she keeps coming and that she will be ready to be baptized before sister Greenwell goes home (no worries, we wont let her get baptized before she is ready, but we are hoping) then we had our lesson with her Thursday and she is definitely prepared. She was taking care of a man who was LDS and when he passed away she found a bunch of the LDS movies and a set of BOM on CD in his stuff. She watched all the movies and has been listening to a CD of the book of mormon for about an hour every morning. Shes in Omni. She already talks about how she wants to get baptized and she has been telling her family. The only thing is, she is scared of water. I love her already. I cant wait to teach her again this week.
Next was Bea. We had one of those days where in the morning we have a bunch of appointments and in the afternoon they all fell through. So we figured there was somewhere God needed us to be, But where? Sister Greenwell decided that we should go to the walking park. I was reminded of that scene in The best Two Years where kirby heyborn is running back and forth chasing people trying to share the gospel.... we decided to go anyways. We had walked around once and there was a lady that wasnt too far ahead of us that I thought, we need to talk to her, but we need to catch up. Right after I thought that she stopped and was doing something on her phone. Then I thought, perfect, now she just needs to start again right as we get up to her so we can walk and talk with her. AND SHE DID! so we talked for a long time with her and told her alot of what we believe. She said last week she was praying and told god that she was opening her heart to him and to guide her to what she needed to do. She talked about how it was not a coincidence that we met and that god had lead us to her. Sadly she doesnt live in our area, so we dont get to teach her :( but she said if she goes walking she will call us and we can go walk and talk with her again.
Lastly, Finding people/tracting on a mission is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. haha. We ran into a Guy named Brandon on the street while tracting. The first thing he says to us is "are you mormons or J-dubs?"..."mormons. we're missionaries for the church of jesus christ of latter day saints"... "ok, so I have a questions, do y'all believe that when you die you are given your own planet?" (this is a question that we get alot because of the book of mormon musical) He seemed a little bit like he wanted to bash, so we tried to just give him a card and move on, but he was genuinely curious so we talk to him for a while. He told us about how for one of his classes he had to immerse himself in another religion and he chose the LDS faith so in order to immerse himself he dressed in a white shirt and tie and carried around a helmet. Something told me that he didnt really do his research very well because not all mormons do that.. just the elders, then he proceeded to offer us some tea. Im almost positive he doesnt know about the word of wisdom. He was hilarious and fun to talk to, not really interested in learning, but luckily he was really into family history and we gave him the number to the family history center so he can be in contact with the church still.
Wow, that is a really long email..... sorry! Love you all.