Thursday, October 27, 2016
Lindsay - October 17, 2016
This week was a rocky week, but we survived! Whew!!
On Monday we had an awesome P-day, and we went to the Johnson's for dinner that night. They had a BBQ, so we invited some investigators and less actives to attend. Our investigator James showed up! I think I talked about him in my previous letter, but he was the guy who wasn't interested at first, and then he kind of warmed up to us, and accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon. Another thing about him, he talks a lot!! So we have to reel him back in to lessons when we teach him! Haha! But it was fun to have him at the BBQ! After dinner, we had a church tour with him, and Sister Crockett, a member of Pomerene Ward came with us. She knew James from high school, so it was really good to have her there. Oh my goodness, I have never done a church tour on my mission, and it was so powerful! The Spirit was so strong! James asked a lot of questions, and when we would ask him how he felt, he would kind of dodge it! We KNEW that he was feeling the Spirit, but I think it made him a little nervous. He wasn't very active in his other faith, so I think feeling the Spirit was new thing to him. But nonetheless, it was a powerful discussion!
On Tuesday, we had a pass off lesson with an investigator named Jennifer. We definitely had to teach her simply so she could understand. But the lesson went well, and the elders are planning to give her a church tour so she feels more comfortable to come to church. Later that day, we saw a less active family named the Lewis's! Oh my goodness they are awesome! They let us right in, and we got to
know them better. Brother Lewis at one point lived in Austrailia, and so he started talking about vegemite and how good it was. He told us it was very salty, and invited us to try it on a piece of buttered bread. I was really hesitant, and so Sister Handy ate it first. She definitely didn't like it. So I was even more scared to eat it. But Brother Lewis expected that I would eat it too. So I finally tried it.
It actually wasn't that bad! Haha! I was really surprised! It tasted like a teriyaki beef flavor on bread. The lesson we had with them was awesome! We read 3rd Nephi Chapter 11 with them, and we asked
questions throughout the discussion. It was really neat to hear their experiences about their baptisms, and how it has strengthened their life. We invited them to come to church, and they said that they
would! Heck yeah!!!
On Wednesday we had district meeting, and I thought the topic was a really good one to focus on. Elder Perry talked about taking control of lessons, when the person goes off topic. We role played so much, and we pretended to be one of our investigators who goes on random tangents. So the missionaries that taught us, had to bring the lesson back to the gospel. It was really funny. The Benson sisters pretended to be one of their less actives that was this Spanish lady who speaks really fast, and never stops to breath!! So we had to literally interrupt to get the lesson on track again. It was such a fun role play!!
After district meeting, we had interviews with President Passey. I definitely needed it! President was able to give me advice and counsel me on what I could do to improve. I love interviews!!!
On Thursday we had exchanges with the New Mexico sisters!! Sister Brinkerhoff came to the Pomerene area, and then Sister Handy went with Sister Nuttall in Silver City! It was such a great exchange! Sister Brinkerhoff and I made a goal for the day to be more bold in our teaching, and asking questions. We definitely achieved that goal! Heck yeah!! We saw some many people that day, it was awesome! We taught Jayci who got baptized a couple of weeks ago. We taught her about the importance of church, prayer, and reading the scriptures. Then we taught the Fletchers who are a less active couple. They are definitely talkers, so we definitely applied what we learned in district meeting, and we were able to control the lesson, and bring it back to the gospel! We had a really good discussion with them about the Plan of Salvation, and Sister Fletcher talked about how it is hard to choose the harder right instead of easier wrong. But when we do make the hard choice, it helps us to become stronger. It was such a great lesson! Later that night we visited a couple that we hadn't met before, that are related to Jayci. They told us straight out that the only thing keeping them from coming to the temple is the husband's word of wisdom problem. So we are taking baby steps and we committed them to say prayers together. So we are super pumped to be able to work with them!
On Saturday we visited Brother Fenn and we read the Book of Mormon with him, and he promised to make us pineapple ice cream the next time we come. So we are super excited about that!! For
dinner, Pomerene Ward had a chili cook off, and there were 15 kinds of chili, and judges to pick the winner! I tried a white chili, with shredded chicken, pinto beans, and green chilie. Oh my goodness it was fantastic! They also made homemade root beer! Did you know that root beer is naturally clear?? They just dye it brown for the color! What the heck?? You learn something new everyday:)
So bad news everyone..... After James' lesson on Monday, a couple of days later he called us and said that he returned to Tucson. Apparently he lives in Tucson, but he was in Pomerene, because he was helping his mom recover from hip surgery. So we can't teach him anymore:( So that was a bummer, and then another of our investigators had a friend that pretty much threw a bunch of anti stuff at her, and now we don't know if she is interested. So yeah it has been a bummer week, but that doesn't stop us!! We are moving forward with faith, and praying to find new people to teach!! I love you all, and I love being a missionary!!!
Thank you for all your love and support! Oh and Sister Dougal, thank you so much for your notes and letters of encouragement! I really needed it this week!!! I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true!!!