Good morning! :)
This was kind of a rough week this week. We had a lot of appointments falling through but it was still awesome! :) Haha! Good things happened as well! 'Good' and 'bad' things happen every day. I guess it just depends on what ones you CHOOSE to see.
Last Monday was cool! We drove to Junction, St. Elizabeth, to see Lover's Leap about an hour away. I'll send you pictures of what it's all about. It was beautiful and SO great to get to see my ocean! I wanna see it again! I miss it.
Tuesday was an interesting day. One reason why I love Tuesdays, Thursdays,and Saturdays is because they are full proselyting days. And Tuesday all of our appointments fell through for the day.....haha. So we left the apartment excited to see where the Lord was going to lead us that day. We felt like we should drive to a member's house, Sister Ranger, and we did. All was well with her and she was really glad that we had stopped by. We then hiked back down to the car wondering where to go next and so we said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help us know where he wanted us to be. We decided to write down the answers that we received and then show each other. It turned out that all three of our answers were different, but in the same area. Lancaster. Whoa. Haha. At first we were like, 'oh no, they're all different... ' But then realized that was the area to be in. So we drove on out there and then felt inspired to go and see Sister Mclean. A less-active sister. And man she is so sweet. She always gives us the best juice. But anyway... We had decided that we wanted to talk about faith with her. The first principle of the gospel. We started the lesson with a prayer and she just seemed really scattered and off. It wasn't the same Sister Mclean we all know and love. So we said, 'Is everything okay Sister Mclean?' She said she was fine, we paused and then asked again and she began to cry. God really does love all of his children. haha. It's funny the realizations you get. No matter how small they are, they are testimony builders. 'Knowledge is contained in truths which are eternal. So where is truth to be found? Truth is knowledge.' I can't remember who exactly said that.......that's bad of me......
We had trade-offs this week with Sav, which was cool! Sister Thompson came with me to Mandeville and Sister Schwendiman went to Sav with Sister Loveland. Who by the way said that she is from Tremonton and totally knows the Jensens. :) It was a great trade-off though. Those sisters are fantastic! Long drive though.. It's took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there as well. But it's beautiful! Got to see the ocean once again. :)
Friday. We had another cool experience with a member this week named Sister Bodley. We had prayed after our appointments fell through and felt that we should go look for her.We have been trying to call her but she never seems to answer. So we called someone else to get directions to where she lives exactly. We found it easily and were able to sit and talk with her and answer some questions she was having and we were also able to talk about Patriarchal Blessings, and that she was inviting people to learn about the church and we didn't even know! So she's going to set up an appointment with them for next week. It was awesome, and then we left haha.
Then at church yesterday, she came up to me and told me that she was so glad that we had just come and stopped by. She said that she felt like if she had answered the phone then she probably would have said that she didn't want us to come because she was gardening and would be tired. But we did come and she found out that after we left that she really needed us to be there. She said she was needing something uplifting. It was just a sweet experience with following the Spirit once again. Blessings really do come from being obedient. :)
Saturday we had the opportunity to give out transfer calls to the sisters. Yes, Sister Schwendiman and Bogle are leaving. Sister Bogle actually had to go yesterday. She got transferred to Montego Bay to be with Sister Garrett because Sister Garrett's companion Sister Dill had to go to the self-reliance seminar in Kingston today because she goes home as well. But Sister Schwendiman will be leaving to Washington back on Thursday. And I will be receiving Sister Lewis! Yes, the one I served around in Nassau! It'll be great! It am super excited for that!
Yesterday, we had a cool experience. We went and saw a new investigator, Collin, who we hadn't seen in a while because he has been in Mo Bay.We got there and he said the people he lives with were home. So we asked him if they'd like to join us. So timidly said he'd go ask and then came out saying that she said she was cooking. Cha. So we began the lesson and as I was saying the opening prayer, she came out loudly wondering what we were doing. So... Awkwardly we stopped, told her about us and our message and then asked if we could say a prayer and share a message with them haha. She said yes and then we were able to have a GREAT lesson on the godhead. It was so awesome. We also talked about the Book of Mormon and she was very interested in that. She said that her mother has told her about it before but she was never a member. This lady's name is Paisley and she goes to the Moravian church but she said she'd love to come to our Book of Mormon night on Wednesday. Too bad though that for the next transfer she'll be in the new elder's area. Here in Mandeville there is going to now be 4 elders and 2 sisters. Its' cool. :) But that was an awesome experience to have. Now we just need her husband to join. A family!
Well... I love you all and thank you for your emails! Have a great week! Don't forget to read and pray daily. ;) This truly is Christ's church and we all have the responsibility to be missionaries and share the gospel with our brothers and sisters around us. Whether we have a nametag or not.
I love you again!