June 24, 2013
We had an awesome hail storm on Monday. We had a small river also running through our back yard. So, what do we do? We floated paper boats down the river! It was great, even if the boats sunk.
We gave a blessing to an excommunicated member's baby. After the blessing, the baby cried for a while but was finally able to keep something down. Blessings are such a great gift.
You may not know this, but a couple transfers ago, I lost my scriptures in the transfer van. Somehow they ended up back in Roanoke. The assistants were coming through, so they got them back to me. It was great!
We had specialized training for most of the day. We left here at about 6:45 am and got back at about 6pm it was a long day. But a good day. We were blessed to be able to find three new investigators that night. We'd been trying to teach this family for about 2 months now, so it was great to finally be able to.
We went looking for less active members. It was a miracle that we found the ones we were looking for because (and I kid you not) the house numbers on that particular street went in this order: 117, 119, 126, 133, 137, 115, 121. All on the same side of the street. I didn't think that was even remotely fair to the post office people or to us!
We had a super busy day on Saturday. First thing in the morning, we felt like we needed to change our original plans a bit. We went to go see bro. P, and we invited him to come with us to a few lessons. He wasn't doing anything either, so he said yes. He was with us till about 4pm that afternoon and was able to be a part of 3 lessons, plus we had lunch together.
Right when we finished with him, we taught our amigos, saw a few less active members and invited a ton of people out to church. Unfortunately we were only able to get one investigator to church this week.
The special missionary broadcast was awesome! It was pretty legit. Probably the biggest thing was when they announced that missionaries would use facebook in their missionary work. I'm not sure what that entails, but I'm sure we'll figure that out. President Pitt has tried to make sure that none of the missionaries area going on facebook until further noticed
July 1, 2013
It's been a busy, busy week. At the beginning of the week, in light of the prophet's call to get member's involved with missionary work, we made a goal that we would not teach any lessons without a member there. We pooled our efforts with both active a less active members and the Lord blessed us. We ended up teaching 10 member present lessons and only 1 lesson without. our previous best was 5 member presents.
We have a young man in the ward named J, who was set apart for his mission a few days before. He asked us to be his companions for the day. So we basically took our entire pday with him and then took him out with us to a few lessons. It was a pretty great day overall. We threw my disc around for a while, jumped on the trampoline and even had Popsicles. Who knew that doing normal things would be so great?
After pday was over, we taught a few lessons with J there. We tried to go out and see a less active member, but for some reason, my brain wasn't functioning properly and we ended up at the wrong member's home. You need to know that we've been trying to contact this member forever and they are NEVER home! However, since we were already there, we knocked on the door. And guess what, her non member husband was home and we started teaching him! yay! It's great when the spirit blocks your brain so that you can do the Lord's work better.
Afterwards we were able to see the member that we originally intended to see. That lesson also went really well.
In the morning we helped an investigator move from a downstairs apartment to an upstairs apartment. How is it that always the case? Can't somebody for once move downstairs instead of up? We had another member out with us, and since another appointment fell through, we were blessed to finally be able to teach a different investigator. He told about his recent trip to the hospital. He didn't have much time, so we just shared a quick scripture with him, Alma 7:11. It talked about how Christ paid for sins, but also pains and afflictions. He stopped after we shared the scripture and told us that we'd just answered a question that had been on his mind for years. He couldn't understand how Jesus Christ could understand what it was like to be 50 or 60 years old if he died at 33. He was really touched, and later that week we were able to finally teach him a restoration lesson. It was great!
We had a couple of appointments throughout the day that we hadn't found members for, we prayed and asked that God would provide a member to come with us. What do you know, a brother from the ward called Wednesday morning and went out with us for about 4 hours. It was great!
We helped a member move while it was raining. that was kind of fun. most of the rest of the day was spent indoors and planning or studying. Then we took one of the young men in the ward to a lesson/ dinner with some investigators.
We spent a goodly portion of the day (4 hours or so) weed eating our investigator's yard. Literally some of the grass was taller than I was. It was so intense. But it looked so much better when we were done.
We took a member who has been working his way back into activity to a few lessons with us. He was so great. He invited everyone to church. We took lunch with him at the park, and the place was so busy that we had to sit next to another family. One of the first things the member said was "I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you out to church tomorrow." What a great member! It was so awesome!
Sunday was kind of a disappointment after such an awesome week. Everything we had set up for that day fell through, and we didn't have any investigators at church. But overall it was a good week. We got a lot done, and were able to hit many of our other goals.