God makes miracles out of mistakes
Hey everyone, this one is going to be short because we are using a members computer to email. the family history center computers internet wasnt working, so we had to come find some members to let us email at their house.... long story short, we have to be home soon for curfew and so this is going to be short. (also there are 2 little kids running around screaming, so if this letter is scattered.... I apologize, its a little hard to think about what I am saying)
Its been a good week, we have done alot of finding and it hasnt yielded much fruit, but I guess that is missionary work. Luckily we have cheryl mars to teach or we might be a little sad because of our lack of investigators. She still hasnt come to church so her baptism date has to be pushed back but its ok cause she read the book of mormon this week and is praying so as soon as she gets her answer she is going to be awesome.
Like I said we did alot of finding and we had a couple really cool experiences. First was on Wednesday. We went to the homeless shelter as usual, but mama hollett came with us (we call her mama hollett because she takes care of the missionaries... shes the BEST!) afterwards she took us to lunch and then she needed to run some errands, but we knew we needed to do missionary work and that we couldnt go with her to costco and sams, but we were already on that side of town.... so we decided to proselyte in the parking lot while she was inside. We waited until people had pretty much emptied their carts and then we went and asked them if we could take them for them and in return we gave them a pass along card or a pamplet and told them what we do and a basic message of the restoration. Most people just took it and moved on, but there was one lady I felt really strongly that we needed to go talk to. Her cart wasnt even 1/2 empty but we went and talked to her anyways and she was really excited to see us! we told her that we were missionaries and she said that because of the political stuff going on her and her husband had been wanting to learn more about the church but didnt know who to talk to. Then a week ago she met someone at a prayer thing that is for every denomination that was LDS and got a book of mormon. She thought it was really funny that as soon as she wanted to learn that missionaries approached her. She called in coincidence, but we know better :) she lives in thomasville so we got her info and passed it onto the missionaries up there. She was so nice and I hope to see her and her husbands names in the weekly baptism report soon haha.
We have also been trying alot of different methods of finding some a little more serious than others. The other day we were sitting at a stop light and the car next to us had the window down so I told sister hirst to give him a pass along card. She laughed and said ok. So I inched the car up so we were neck and neck and we rolled down the window. She turned to him and said "Hey were missionaries.... do you want a free bible?" he said ok and took the card, then we had to sit at the light for a little longer.... that was awkward, but it was funny. We were hoping that he would call us so it would be us that showed up at his door with his free bible. It hasnt happened yet, but heres for hoping.
Well I am going to end this email now because I cant think of anything else to tell yall except that I know that this church is true. I know that members are SO important to the work so if you are reading this I challenge you to find a way to do missionary work. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel or strengthen someones testimony or do something. It doesnt matter if you are inside of utah or out, there is ALWAYS something you can do to build up the kingdom of god and strengthen those around you. I love this gospel and I know that all the blessings that come in our lives come from living by the commandments that God gives us either in the scriptures or by the mouth of the prophet and apostles. Every blessing is attached to a commandment... so if you want a blessing, figure out the law that is it attached to and live it. I know that Heavenly father is there and that he loves each of his children. He has an intrest in each of our lives and wants us to be happy. Rely on him and the atonement of his son Jesus Christ and life will work out for the good.
I love you all and hope you have the BEST week!