Hello there! In all honesty, this week WAS actually pretty fun!
Last Thursday was pretty cool. Our Thursdays lately are pretty busy, and as we planned in the morning, it was supposed to be the usual same people we always see on Thursdays. But as the morning went on... ALL of them cancelled via text haha. The fun thing was... we still were busy ALL that night. Heavenly Father knew we had other people we needed to talk to. We were tracting, and this guy answered the door. "Hi, we're the missionaries in the area and we're just going around introducing ourselves to everyone". "You guys are Mormons, right?" (You'd be surprised how many people DON'T know who we were.. so we were kind of caught off guard.) "Yah!" "Are you guys from Utah?" (once again, we are totally caught off guard haha.) "Yah!" Turns out he has had friends that are Mormons, he's looked into learning a few times. He's not very interested right now, but WAY friendly and still said we could stop by again to talk. Cool! That's one of the reasons I actually DO enjoy knocking on doors. You just get to meet new people, make new friends, even if it is just for a few minutes. Who else gets to go meet total strangers and have fifteen minute conversations with them about their life experiences?
Saturday was SO MUCH FUN!! The Stake Relief Society organized a big "Womens Conference" focused on helping refugees in our area. We'd invited our investigator Martha to come (she really wants to be involved in helping refugees and service), and she was able to make it! They had a cute older lady speak at the beginning who was a refugee herself from Germany right after World Ward II, then we put together a bunch of hygiene/household item kits, and finished off with some Nepalise dancers performing for us (there are a lot
of refugees from Nepal in this area) and lunch. Sis A took some pics (I didn't have my camera) so I'll try to steal them from her and send them on. We had fun, and it was even better because Martha LOVED it!
Our investigator Vicky is finally feeling a little bit better this week, so we were able to visit with her a few times. She is doing awesome! Monday we went over to follow up on her Book of Mormon reading and go over the baptismal interview questions with her. There was so much peace from the spirit as we did, and it just confirmed to us that Vicky really does understand what we are sharing and has that desire to learn and follow Jesus Christ even more in her life. With her health challenges, we're not sure if she'll be able to make her March baptism date, but I have confidence that as she continues to read, pray, and do her best, it will all work out in the end! We also assigned her to read Doctrine and Covenants 89 in preparation for the Word of Wisdom lesson, and she read it that night... along with the first 50 sections. They were covered in highlights and notes in the margins. Just so fun to see how much she is learning, and how much she loves it!
Definitely a good week! :) I've said it fifty times and i'll say it probably fifty more, I LOVE this roller coaster! I'll take the ups and the downs, I'll push forward, because I know that there is a greater purpose to all of it. We truly are here to be instruments in the Lord's hands. We aren't perfect instruments, we have to be tuned and returned throughout our whole life. But God also allows us to bless others as He's tuning us, that they can still feel the joy and peace of the music- the gospel!
Cheesy music analogies, gotta love them. :)
And I love YOU! Have a wonderful week, and I"ll talk to you again soon!
Love, Sister Maughan