Hey everyone!!! This week was awesome! I'm finally feeling like a real missionary now.
Alright, so on Monday after my last email we had lunch and headed over to the stake center where all the missionaries go to hang out and play games n stuff! Its super fun and I got to see one of the sisters I was in the MTC with again. We also may or may not have found a random wheelchair laying around and sat in it and pushed each other super fast down the hallway. (the elders poked their heads out to the hallway wondering what the heck all the girl screams were coming from) We also went to the park (those are the pictures of the "lake" and my comp and I).
Tuesday was just normal. We went out tracting again and had our first doorstep lesson!!! I was so excited the whole time it was going on that I didn't say much and just soaked it in. Afterwards my comp was talking about what she could've done better and wished she would've said and she looked at me and said "what did you think" and I was like "that was sooo awesome!!!! I cant believe we just shared a lesson with someone!! Lets do it again!" She just laughed at me. But the girl we talked to is Ellie and she was super nice and seemed a bit interested. Later in the week we tried stopping by again but haven't been able to catch her. Also, in the middle of tracting a recent convert who is also a less active called us and wanted us to come over. We tried to contact her earlier but she never responded so we were super excited! Her name is Mara and shes 13 but she doesn't look or act like it. She is very mature. But shes awesome! Just a typical teenager. Shes struggling right now and she acknowledged to us that she just needs to be around good influences so that's how we'll help her.
Wednesday morning we had a district meeting. It was just us, the Brazilian elders and another set of sisters. We set some awesome goals and ate lots of M&Ms (thanks Christie!) Then we all went to lunch together at this place called Steak & Shake. It was super good! Especially my mint oreo shake. It brought me back to living at the dorms in Provo and going over to the Creamery for a mint oreo shake:) Later we went to play bingo with a less active lady who is in a home. Her sister (who lived in her same room) passed away last week so we wanted to make sure to see her this week and talk with her and she how shes doing:) I love being around silly ol old people! They're the best! Then we had a lesson with Rachel. We talked more about the restoration, especially the prophets (old and new, she actually remembers Monson's name which is pretty awesome!) and the Book of Mormon. And we got them committed to baptism!!! (She is 9 so we had to ask her parents too) Its really fun meeting with her and learning more about the simplicity of the gospel. It really is simple enough for a child to learn and gain a testimony of!
Thursday morning we did lots of planning. Then we went tracting and were able to finally run into a new investigator Sana (the other sisters found her a few weeks ago). Shes from Pakistan and is here for school with her husband. She is interested in hearing about what we believe but doesn't get the point of it so we're not really sure what to do with her. We had dinner with the Cooper family (Rachel) and taught her another lesson.
Friday we had a super successful day in Delphi (its part of our area but pretty far out so we only go once a week with the elders). We were able to have 3 doorstep lessons and we are going back for one lady that is super interested! I'm super excited!
Saturday and Sunday were pretty boring and normal. We just tried to track for a bit (no success) and then saw some less actives and member's. Last night we also planned a lot so we could get to know our area better. That's been the hardest thing!
One of the things we've really liked sharing as a spiritual thought is 2 Nephi 9:39. It says at the end "to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life eternal." We especially like it because Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal spells out SMILE. And when you do live a spiritual life and don't get caught up in the world then you really have every reason to smile:) One of the elders from Brazil was with us and he was just so happy and smiley all day and my comp asked him why. He said "the gospel is true!" That's all he had to say to explain why he is so happy all the time, and its true. The gospel is true so we don't have any reason not to be happy The Lord will provide:)
Love you all! Have a safe week! And special shout out to Claira! We love you and will be praying for you!!!
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