Hello Family and Friends!
This week has had its ups and downs. All missions do, but I haven’t experienced much downs yet. Let me tell you a little bit of what happened, before I tell you all the cool stuff.
Pretty much the only downer this week was not reaching all of our goals. On Wednesday night, as Sister Standage and I were planning out the next day, we both felt like it was going to be a good day, and as we received promptings, we set high goals to try and meet. We had a member that was going to come out with us, so we were planning on getting a lot of member present (teach) lessons and visiting a lot of less actives with her.
Anyways, Thursday came along and we headed out to start teaching. It was snowing, the roads were bad, and it was freezing cold, but there is nothing we can do about that. We just have to go out and work. About 10 minutes before we were supposed to meet up with this member, she texted us and said she couldn’t come out with us anymore. She had just been at the doctor’s office, and I guess he had told her to go home and rest (I don’t know if she was sick or not), but she also said that the roads were too bad for her to drive on. We were so disappointed! That left us with like 3 hours of not knowing what to do. The people that we had planned on seeing with the member live farther away, and since we only get a certain amount of miles each month, we have to be careful and watch how much we drive so we couldn’t drive all the way out and visit them.
We tried to continue to have faith that everything would work out, but it was hard. We knew that Heavenly Father had to have something in mind for us. Obviously he knew that this was going to happen, but we didn’t understand why we had been prompted to set such high goals. We prayed and tried to listen to the spirit on where we should be but we weren’t really receiving anything. We decided to walk the streets and do some personal contacting until we figured out where Heavenly Father really wanted us to be.
All in all, we did not meet the goals for the day and we were really discouraged. Needless to say, the next day was so much better! We pretty much reached all our goals. I know that we aren’t going to reach our goals every day, but it had just been disappointing that we had been prompted to set such high goals and then to have everything go against us to not reach them. Oh well! Such is missionary life…
Let me tell you an awesome story that happened this week! Sister Standage and I were in an apartment complex doing some personal contacting. We had gone to visit a less active, but she didn’t answer her door (I don’t know if she was home or not). Anyways, we decided to do some personal contacting, since we were already in the area. It was dark outside and cold, so most people were in their houses and we were not having success, and it was almost time to head back to the apartment for the night. We decided to say a quick prayer and ask Heavenly Father to lead us to where we needed to be. I was prompted afterwards to walk in a certain direction, so Sister Standage followed.
We ended up running into a guy that was taking his trash to the garbage can outside. We said hello to him, but he was not open at all! He didn’t even say hi back really, so we continued to walk on. We ended up making it all the way back to our car and tried to figure out what we had done wrong and if that was who Heavenly Father placed in our path and we just didn’t act on it.
Sister Standage suddenly heard a noise over by where we had just seen the man and decided to go take a look. There was an older lady with a walker that was out taking her dog for a walk and taking her trash to the garbage. It was really icy outside and so we went up to her and offered to take out her trash. She was very thankful! We ended up talking to her for about 20 minutes or so. Her name is Debbi. Turns out that she has had some association with the LDS church before, but she was never baptized or anything. We shared a quick message with her, said a prayer with her and asked her if we could come back sometime and teach her more. She said yes! Hallelujah!! Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers! I already had a testimony of that, but it was definitely strengthened that night.
I am so thankful, as you have heard many times, to be out her in Fort Wayne. I love my companion! She is so funny and we are constantly laughing at each other and doing weird things. It is really good, because it is good to laugh and have fun on your mission, but sometimes it is bad because we have a hard time focusing. Hahaha! Sister Standage is a little worried that we aren’t going to get anything done, but I just tell her that even though we laugh and have a great time, we still know how to bring in the spirit to our lessons, which is true.
I am so thankful for this gospel and for the atonement of Jesus Christ. My testimony of the atonement has really strengthened since I have been out here. I am also thankful for the Book of Mormon. In the MTC, we had Book of Mormon scripture reads with the district where we would read a few verses of a chapter and then break it apart and then share insights. It was really cool and it is really cool to do it with investigators! Sister Standage and I did it this week with one of our investigators, Taylor. She is so close to being baptized, but her parents are catholic and don’t want her to be baptized. She is really diligent at reading her scriptures though and doing everything she can to prepare herself. We had a Book of Mormon read with her this week at a member’s house and I still learned a lot from doing that! I know that we can find answers when we read the scriptures.
I love you all! Thanks for all you do. Remember: I love emails and letters, so send me some!! 😉 Have a great week!