This week was a great week! So many good and sad things happening but its all for the best!
Sunday: Between the 3 set of missionaries that we had on campus there were 7 investigators at church! Wow! It was so cool seeing so many new people there! That afternoon we went to go and visit Sister Pettay, shes a member in the family ward but shes old and lives alone so we go and visit her and she likes to feed us! We helped her mend some clothes and move some things around in her apartment. Afterwards we had a conference call with the zone leaders and the stake about the missionary work going on! Right after that the elders had a lesson so they left to go meet up with him. We got a call from them 5 minutes later telling us that they found one of our long lost investigators and that he wanted to talk to us! We R A N!!! We totally booked it down the street to meet up with him! He was so sweet and seemed to be doing well and we set up an appointment to see him later in the week. (Story to be cont.) That night we had homemade pizza with some awesome members and then went to visit the Strongs, the senior missionary couple here, to pick up food! They are leaving to go back home this week and were cleaning out their kitchen and wanted us, the poor missionaries, to have all the food! They are so nice!
Monday: What a long day! We emailed president in the morning and then had some lunch at the institute. We did a little bit of planning and contacting on campus and then we came back to say goodbye to the Strongs! They had their final Institute class (we didn't actually have a class, we just talked about our awesome memories with them) and then took pictures, cried and saluted them as they drove off! That night we had dinner at the dorms with some members that live there and then played ultimate frisbee for FHE.
Tuesday: ZONE CONFERENCE! All day long! But it was great! I learned a ton of new things and thought of some new ways that we could approach teaching people! Afterwards we went back to institute to just do some planning and maybe go on campus, and we get a call from the Assistants! They wanted to know where to go and park if they wanted to walk around on IU campus! We told them to come to the institute and that we could show them around! It was way fun! Both of the elders served with me in my last area, IUPUI, so it was great to see them and talk! It was nice and warm and there was a ton of people outside so we talk to talk to them too! When we came back the elders were STILL in their lesson and the sisters looked concerned....so we got very worried! It was a lesson with Christina, a girl who was getting baptized this weekend! When they finally came out we could tell something was wrong. She left and one of the elders was crying and they said that she didnt wanna be a part of this anymore! It was so heart breaking because we had really come to love her and she was amazing! We were all bummed and hungry so I made a bunch of food for us! Then after the elders left we devised a plan to help them cheer up! We were going to "note attack" their door! So we got a bunch of paper and markers and drew stuff and wrote stuff and then stuck it all to their door! It ended up being a fun night:)
Wednesday: We did a little bit of family history work in the morning! That was so interesting and fun! Then we had lunch, and went out on campus to talk to people! It was pretty good, but pretty slow. This week is "dead week" and next week is finals. So everyone seems to be very grumpy and stressed. It was also SOOO hot! It was actually the hottest day in Bloomington in 2017! So we could only be outside for an hour and then would have to take a popsicle break:) Later that night we had dinner with a member and then went to one of the institute classes! It was all about the Articles of Faith (written by Joseph Smith)! SO GOOD!
Thursday: In the morning we had our miracle investigator (see story above on Sunday) call and say that he wasn't interested in meeting with us at all but that he appreciated what we did. He was so kind but it broke our hearts to hear him reject the Gospel. Later we went to a food pantry to volunteer! It was really fun! And they gave us t-shirts! Then we got back and walked around on campus to talk to people with little luck. We went and had dinner with Sister Pettay which was really good! After that we headed to ARP and then stopped by the institute and got to be surprise guests at the Mission Prep class!
Friday: What a good day! We started the day off with a lesson with Andre! He is amazing! We taught him about the commandments and how they are given to us to help us understand what God wants us to do in life! They are like the guardrail to keep us in life and to bring us the most happiness and blessings! He loved it and said that he would continue to do his best to keep them! Yay! Then we had lunch and helped set up for the Institute graduation that was in the evening. We walked around campus for a bit and everyone was EXTRA grumpy today! At the very end, on our way back we talked to this guy at the bus stop named Jack. He was awesome! He knows one of the members of the branch and was very open about what he believes/doesn't believe. Sad story: we made him miss TWO buses! We felt so bad! But in our defense the bus drivers didn't even look to see if someone was waiting and just drove right by! LAME! But it was sorta worth it because Jack was awesome and we are excited to talk to him again! That afternoon we went to a Recital! It was for a girl, Annika, in our branch who is graduating from the Jacobs School of Music in OPERA! WOW was she amazing! Im pretty sure she will be famous one day! And right after that was the Institute graduation! Towards the end it started STORMING a ton outside and the lightening and thunder was sooo distracting! By the end no one was paying attention to the speakers, they were just looking out the window hahahaha.
WELP! That was my week! A pretty long one yet it went by so fast! Its amazing to start looking back at my mission and all that's happened. It seems like I've done soooo much, yet it feels like I just got here! Its crazy to think that I only have 3 months left in this amazing place with these amazing people sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! But it was so worth it! I wish I could be a missionary forever, but I can't, so I'm just grateful for the chance that I did have to be here!
Love you all! Have an amazing week!
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