So how are you all doing? Things are actually going pretty okay here in Tallmadge, saw lots of little miracles this week. I told President Brown I think I just need to work on my faith that these miracles are actually going to continue, and not just be a one time thing! I'm getting there though. And I'm learning, especially this week, to be grateful FOR the hard times, not just in spite of the hard times.
Monday was fun, we got to play volleyball for like 2 hours with some of the elders and sisters. That night all our plans fell through, I honestly don't remember what we ended up doing. :)
Tuesday we finally had a District Meeting, we haven't had one this transfer yet because of Christmas Conference and other stuff. It was really fun! The elders here are a good balance of working hard and having fun. It's also nice, because we all are basically finding 24-7, so we can relate to each other and help each other.
Wednesday was one of those days where things fell through... and miracles happened because of it! Our first lesson with our investigator Nyaka worked out, we brought a member and taught the Plan of Salvation. Our member brought her kids, and they were playing with Nyaka's son the whole time, so it was a little crazy. But the fellowship was SO important, and totally worth the crazy moments. :) Our next appointment fell through, so we started driving to our back up, drove right past their house, and decided we should go see someone else on that street anyways. Sister Rock and Sister Henry had taught her the Restoration awhile ago, and just have never been able to get a hold of her since. Well miracle of miracles, she was home and let us right in! I love those moments. That happened AGAIN later, when someone we planned to see wasn't home, so we contacted an old investigator nearby and read the Book of Mormon with him. I really like teaching people, it makes mission life so much better haha!
Thursday it was FREEZING, we mostly wandered around trying to contact people. But at around 5:30 at night, we were wandering around this apartment complex, trying to find a specific apartment and it was NOWHERE. We were ready to give up and get back in the warm car... when we realized we parked right next to the apartment we were looking for. Whoops :) So of course we went and knocked on the door, and we were able to meet this sweet older lady named Jerry who loves Christ and loves serving others. Once again, people make mission life so much better.
Friday was CRAZY. We spend all morning helping an older lady named Marlene clean out her basement. Her and her husband are Jewish and not really interested, but they are neighbors with a member here in the ward, and we service for them off and on. A cool moment was they fed us lunch, and while we were eating they asked us a TON of questions about our church. We were able to talk to them a little about temples, and even shared the First Vision with them. Who knows if it helped at all, but it was fun just to do that really in just a conversation with someone instead of a specific "lesson".
Then Friday night, we were planning on going to Kirtland to see the nativities and lights with a family we are teaching. But last minute, our ride canceled on us! Luckily, we talked to the family and they were willing to drive two separate cars so we could all go up anyways. Once we showed up to their house to leave though, things were kind of in crisis mode. They had just found out ten minutes before that the husband was being laid off for awhile, for a "government shut down". Basically, they have no source of income for the next few weeks... so driving two cars to Kirtland might not be the best idea anymore. We let them talk it out, and they decided they STILL wanted to go, if just to get their mind off things. So we started driving, and it started SNOWING. The roads were so bad we got to Kirtland way later than we originally planned. We still got to see the lights and nativities, and I think they liked it. It was just kind of a stressful night. Survived it though :)
Pictures from their trip to Kirtland !!
Sister Rock and Sister Maughan in Kirtland
Sister Maughan in front of a snowy Newell K. Whitney store !
Alright we'll end this novel with another miracle that happened Saturday haha. We had texted someone Sister Rock and Sister Henry had met awhile ago... fully expecting him to either say he was busy or just ignore us. But nope- he let us come over! He told us he is searching for faith, and hasn't found it in some of the churches he's already been to. We talked to them for about an hour, longer than we expected, and will hopefully be going back sometime this week.
The downs of this roller coaster are completely erased by the ups. Even if NONE of these people continue learning or ending up fully accepting the gospel while I'm here, these moments are still miracles. I have had the opportunity to see God's hand in the lives of all His children, and that has changed MY life.
Love you all! Sorry if that bored you to death ;)
This is the Christmas tree we sent her the stuff to make.
They did a great job putting it together !!
Glad they have some Christmas Cheer in their apartment !!