We had some good dinner appointments and some really good lessons. One night had two dinners haha! It was a crazy, but fun week. We had exchanges and I got to go to Birmingham, not far from Wylde Green. I can recognize the accent. It was a blast!! Oh, we also had zone meeting and it was interesting. It was on agency and taking responsibility and not making excuses but really being accountable. Sister Jian and I talked about it after. It was hard to digest but it really will improve the mission.
We had a really good lesson with Billi. I was convinced she was going to pray, but when we came by the next day she hadn't. So the feeling we are both getting is that it isn't her time yet. So we will back off and give some slack to the line, but definitely not let go. We got to meet with Slaw and we got him on a date. So, his situation is similar to Billi's. He loves learning but isn't sure if he wants to change. He smokes and it helps him feel something inside. He can quit, but doesn't really want to. So we have to help him feel the Spirit so strongly that he will want that feeling over the feeling smoking gives him. Make sense? I hope so. We are going to teach him tonight. So that will be good.
On Sunday we did music time in primary. Sister Jian is a better pianist than me. Plus, she doesn't know how to lead music, so I led the music and she played. It was fun. I guess you can say I've really had to get out of my shell. But the children were singing more then before when I've played the piano for Primary so I think that's great!! But we were bouncing back and forth between Primary and RS since the elders' investigator was in there. And then we got called out by a man, and a 21 year old girl walking into church. She thought it was a Catholic Church but stayed the whole time. They went into Primary with us. I think that helped since they were talking about temples in RS. Her name is Meenu and she is Indian and from Manchester, England. We got her number and told her we can meet up and share more with her about our church. Miracles happen. She is cool, and her first experience was of church. It's shown that if an investigator comes to church, they are more likely to get baptized. So she is already on her way, haha. It was a great day.
I was thinking this week. Just two transfers ago I was over-the-top happy and so optimistic about life. I had to think about what changed that made me not the same person. I'm not sure, but I do remember I was studying gratitude. It reminded me that so many of the priesthood blessings I received during that time mentioned gratitude. I had forgotten all about my studies on it. I'm sure that's not the only reason why I haven't been as optimistic but I thought about that as I studied a talk on gratitude by President Monson. Its called "Finding Joy in the Journey." I think it's helped me.
So, I guess that's my thoughts for the week.
Love you all!!