It's been quite the week. We had Zone Conference this last Thursday so I got to see about 5 people from my zone at the MTC. If members were allowed at zone conferences I think they would never let people as young as us go on missions :) Some topics of interest: how to politely decline when every member meal is their special meal of the month (several dishes, lots of butter, seconds, and huge servings of dessert) and we get to have that every time we go somewhere. Yesterday, after church we had pot roast with vegetables and biscuits. Not too off the wall. Sister Derrick and I both made the mistake of having seconds. Just as we start finish the sister brings out two plates. I look at the brownie on one of them and think "oh, we're going to split that one." Um. No. We each were priviledged to down--literally--a quarter-pan-sized brownie. Mmm....Oh, boy. Good thing we biked after that.
Oh! Yesterday we had 5 investigators at church!!! Wahoo! One of them we met last Sunday while knocking some duplexes. Sis. Derrick was so good (and sneek :) she just kept talking and talking as he tried to slowly walk away until he finally said he'd come to church next week. Our tool this week was that it was the primary program. That was the only reason one of our investigators came--because she thought her daughter would like it--and I think they both loved it :)
Last Monday night we met a couple who have a two year-old (?) boy. They are essentially Mormon, they just don't know it. They have Bible study as a couple and with their son. We can just see them getting sealed in the Temple. We're going to see them tonight~hope all goes well and that we can come back. Sis Veal (?) who knows dad, she gave us a gift card to Red Lobster so we had that Sat night. It was a little ironic because neither of us like seafood and we're searching for anything on this menu that ISN'T seafood! We met the sweetest waitress, Amy, who thanked us for being so patient and went off on how some people just aren't as kind--we got to tell her how we can relate, being missionaries, and then she told us how her daughter wants to go on a mission after HS. We totally had a miracle moment!
Saturday, after dinner, we decided to visit a couple of less-active member who lived on the same street. We drive down there and park, pop up our umbrellas and decide to start at the very end of the street and make our way up to the members' homes. The first house was somewhat awkward (because that's all missionary life is). We talked to a girl about our age through a sliding screen door that opened out over a bush instead of a porch and we sort of half-shouted for her to hear us through the rain. She wasn't overly interested but was on the computer so we left her with a mormon.org card. We continued to the next house where we walked up a staircase that was about a 15" wide with a railing. We talked to him through a bug screen and slipped a card through it. We left after talking for a few minutes. But as we were going down the driveway we see a young man walking with an umbrella..towards us? Wait. Someone is walking towards us? In the rain? Something is strange here.
Him: Hey, did Pres. Collins send you?!
Me: President who?
Him: Pres Collins in Atalanta. He said he'd send somebody over and you gave my sister a card (1st house) and I thought you were those peolple.
WOW! This does not happen. Okay, now it does. But Pres. Collins is Pres of the Atlanta Georgia Stake. The young man, Travis, has a mormon girlfriend down there but he goes to school and lives up here, so the Pres was suppose to send missionaries (us!) to go see him. We beat him to the punch! Travis had read some of The Book of Mormon (owns one) and wanted to know when we could teach him!!!!
This week has been quite the highest of highs and lowest of lows. You reap what you sow. You HAVE to work to find (though, please, please, please, if you know anyone refer them to the missionaries, go with them, help them. It's such a better foundation when they already know someone). Find when you teach and teach when you find.
Thank you for your love and letters. Sorry I got them late. I still haven't gotten Dallin's. They forgot to update the address because we're in a new missionary apartment. Shouldn't be a problem anymore though. This week's scripture: Alma 31:34-36...
Love y'alllll so much! I love hearing from each of you! Thank you Jameson--you made my day, week and year with you picture :D Catherine, "I am brave as a giraffe" is now part of my standing quotes I say every morning and night. It totally fits (Sis Derrick and I were talking about how awkward giraffes are just prior to your letter :) Have a blessed and glorious week!
P.S. My backpack purse is allowed....birthday is in a couple months. Y'all are the best family ever!