Sometimes, all the time, mission life is a roller coaster!
Since I talked to you last week, we went on exchanges with the sisters in North Olmstead. We hung out at their booth at a college campus for a couple hours, but no one was there because school's almost out or they were taking finals :( Then we helped someone clean/organize her house for about three hours. (We got bubbles out of it though! And cake :) ). Then went tracting, and drove the hour back home.
Friday we had some awesome appointments with Brooke, a college student named Joey that just moved back home that's a member, and Rob. Saturday we saw Linda, and a handful of other people.
Sunday I gave a talk in sacrament meeting (that was 30 minutes long! Ahh! I've become that kind of person?). Then we did a little bit of finding until we went to Skype the family and eat dinner with the Bringhursts. (Happy Mother's Day!) Later that night we found some cool people that said we could come teach them more. We also blew bubbles while we were walking from place to place :)
Then Monday, Sister Green woke up with the flu. So we went to District Meeting, the two set appointments that we had, and basically stayed in most of Monday, and all day yesterday. During which Sister Ashby went to see Linda with a member, and Linda dropped us. Ugh, agency! We had planned SO WELL for that lesson (we were going to read 2 Nephi 2 with her and apply it to her needs), and I just felt that it was going to be the turning point for her, that she really would be able to receive her answer in that lesson. Then Sister Ashby comes home with the Book of Mormon, Bible, and pamphlets we gave Linda, along with a note from her, all left on her front porch :( But what do you do? You pray for her, you follow the spirit to know how to help her, and you move forward.
So we continued to organize the area book and area map, clean the house, and cater to Sister Green, until we sat outside at sunset and blew more bubbles and talked to a few of our neighbors.
Life is good, life is great, life is wonderful :) I often look back on the past week and think "what was it that Heavenly Father wanted me to learn from that?" Sometimes I can see the answer, sometimes it doesn't come until months later, and often I still have no idea. "But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things." (2 Nephi 2:24)
I love you all! Know that when things get hard, there is ALWAYS a reason. I know the Plan of Salvation is real, and that it gives us the perspective we need to get through this life... and the next!
Love, Sister Maughan