This week was crazy. I was tired the whole time. New areas take it out of you. There is a lot more thinking involved than normal. It has been fun with Sister Melville. We already have the friendship down so we were able to jump right into the work. I think that is what we both needed and President knew this area needed a lot of work.
Monday- We had transfers.
Tuesday- We had P-day. We went to Gadfield Elm and it was fun - had a picnic and enjoyed ourselves.
Wednesday- Well, they closed down one team in this ward and so we split that area between us and the zone leaders. Really, we got all but a sliver so we have a lot of new area to explore. The elders didn't do anything in the area book the last 3 months so its not the easiest, but its an adventure we get to tackle. We went to see one of their less active/investigator families. Actually, their only investigator, so that went better than expected. The girl dropped them the week before their area was closed. They were a bit too pushy since she was the only person they were working with. Then we visited an eternal investigator named Paula. She is 94 and has a disgusting dog. It pukes everywhere!!! I was happy when we left. but this lady has the saddest love story ever. She dated this one guy and they were engaged. He ended up cheating on her one night and so she broke up with him.....She ended up marrying this other guy and had two kids with him. He died in war 5 years later. She is still in love with Greg, the first guy, even now. So super sad. Then we had a lesson with another investigator, Cliff. It will take some time with him, but he will probably make it.
Thursday was our 6 month mark. We had District Meeting in Evesham, a small town about an hour from Gloucester. The zone leaders gave us a ride. They drive us to any meetings we have. We love our district. They made a poster for us and then a poem. It was cute. We have a fun district and we are super excited to work with them. Then we went by less-actives - they are Polynesian. They forgot so we waited for a bit and ended up teaching their niece the Restoration. She had a lot of good questions. We are hoping, really praying, that she will be there next time so we can teach her more!! It was a good day!
Friday- We were on our way to stop by an investigator and ran into her on the road. We got an appointment for the next day, so we were excited. Then we did some street contacting in City Center. It is a cool place - very different from Sutton, but I really like it! We had an appointment with a potential we got two days before, but when we showed up to her house, it was like a mental institution. We're not sure if that will turn out to be an investigator, but it was a fun adventure trying to find it. We had weekly planning.... not my favorite, but needs to happen.
Saturday- There was a Stake football (aka soccer) tournament and our recent convert ditched us to go, so we went, too. We watched a lot of the elders serving in the stake play and got to know a few more missionaries - it was fun. Then we went to see the investigator from Friday. Her name is Kaycee and it was an awesome lesson. She loved the Restoration and is so excited to come to church. I invited her to be baptized and she said yes. We were hoping to put her on a date the next day after church. The day goes on and we teach Kondwani, our recent convert that went to the tournament. Then we had to go finding. We were doing really well until we stopped this one guy and the Spirit was not there. To make the story short, he was a drunk, nasty, 66 year-old man that wanted to take me, a 19 year-old, "gorgeous", American girl on a ride, on the back of his motorcycle. He said he was going to divorce his wife because he met me (he flat up said that he wanted my first name, address and telephone number, and that he wanted to sleep with me). I was so mad, but I'm pretty sure the Spirit dulled my senses during our conversation, because if my brain had been working full speed I probably would have said some nasty things and maybe would have hit him. As a missionary, you can't do that.... but Sister Melville had my back. She was ready to do some harm if he got too inappropriate. Her brain was working great and gave him a fake number and told him my name was Betty MacKay. I was upset that night and ended up buying two doughnuts and found a new craving in one of the doughnuts.
Sunday- Kaycee didn't show up. We went by her house to see what had happened, hoping to teach the Plan. Her family said that she had gone out the night before and hadn't come home yet. She has a problem with drinking and doesn't have the best life at home. We stopped by some people.... none were home. We did a lot of walking and had a great call in with our district leader and his comp. It was a fun week. ALSO, We have Ipad training on Wednesday. Its mission wide and an all day thing. We still don't know if we get the Ipads that day.
It was a fun week and we worked hard!
Love you all,
Sister Ashley MacKay