It sounds like a great week!! Its always funny when I go to transfers and new missionaries recognize me, or some say "Do you have a blog?" Its cool to see them smile and be able to relate to someone. Its only happened about 4 times, but Elder Toshimitsu, one of the greenies here in Lincoln, said that his mom found my blog, haha! I love it!!
This was a week of Gratitude.....
Monday I was in a bit of a mood because I was not feeling well. We worked in the flat to do bookwork and area book stuff because I was in a bad state. Sister Leppard said that the virus would come back if I did not rest, and stupid Sister Mackay did not rest!
We did a lot of finding. Then we learned a lesson the hard way. We were leaving the flat, planning on riding our bikes that day. I remember taking my bus pass out of my pocket, thinking, "I won't need that, plus I don't want to lose that." Then I saw the bike pump on the desk and thought, "I can leave that since the elders just filled up our tires the other day." We were biking down the hill.... and we crashed!!! Just kidding, hahah!! As we were going down the hill, we decided to stop at a less active's address. They had moved, but on our way out, I noticed my back tire was a little funny. It was loose. It is a quick release bike so it wasn't a problem to fix it. We got going and were talking to people as we went. People were handing out their phone numbers like it was the second coming, haha! Finally, we decided we couldn't stop any more people so we could get where we planned to be. As we got going, my bike felt a bit bumpy - my back tire was completely flat..... -_-. We were not far from a member's house where we had already planned to leave our bikes. We just went a bit early and then went to Halfords (it's like an Autozone), and got a puncture repair kit and another pump. After district finding, the elders came with us to help fix my bike. Elder Nogueroles fixed it for me and when we put the tire back on, we could hear some air... take 2 - there was another hole right next to the patch. He fixed that and tested it in the tire and all was good. We were rushing because we were both late for appointments. As he went to put the last pump of air in the tube, pop.. tsssss........ the patch broke. We gave up and asked Brother Diamond to give it a look and see what he could do. We got to see Ivo and it was an awesome lesson!! Plus a drunk guy joined us for the prayer at the end and gave us his number saying he wants to learn. We handed his number over to the elders, haha.
Wednesday- Zone meeting. I made lunch for the district. I have to say, sending elders to the store to get ingredients, you have to be very specific about what to get. We were laughing so hard Tuesday night as we prepared the food. I was so happy with what I prepared. The spirit warned me that one set of elders were going to forget to make the rice, so I brought it, and the spirit was right! Because I am one of the oldest missionaries in the zone I was volunteered to give some training. It went really well and it flowed really well with training given before and after. Elder Nogueroles had gone right before us. After, we talked about how good everything went and how grateful we were for the spirit that was there. That was the key to the whole zone meeting!! That night we had a lesson with James, the slightly autistic young man who wants to get baptized. We played a get-to-know-you game and talked about what our expectations are and what his are. It went well.
Thursday- We slept in that morning for just under an hour since we had not rested since Monday. We were both so worn out and it gave us a boost to help us work harder. We had a great day and then we taught our the scripture study class that evening after coordination. Oh, the sunset was amazing!
Friday- We had so many appointments. We were on the train by 9:20 and off to Gainsborough by 9:30. We had our first appointment with Mo at 10 and Sister Martin, the RS president, is so sweet to come with us every Friday morning. It was Mo's birthday and we had a good chat with her. Then it was off to Brother Banks!! That was a fun lesson. They get so off topic and I am always bringing it back to the gospel. This time I made Sister Dignos take the lead and she struggled a bit, but after a tiny bit of help she got it and did oh so good!! We also saw Michael and taught Follow the Prophet, Word of Wisdom (I was given a bottle of wine to take with us. He is so willing to live the commandments!!!) and then The Gospel of Jesus Christ and, man, it was a good lesson!! He is so excited to get baptized and each time he is opening up more and more!!! Each time we leave, I am so grateful that we get to teach him and see the growth in him!! We ate lunch with Sister Martin and she is a sweetheart!! I will tell you her story when I get home. She is inspirational!! After that, we had a few cancel but we really needed to sit and gather our thoughts before we taught our investigator Martin. It was also his birthday and we had such a good lesson!! We are seeing him again on Tuesday. He has been in the army and served a few tours in Afghanistan and is having a hard time believing, but there is something different about him. You can see he wants to believe and he is eager for there to be something more. Amazing lesson! We had a good dinner appointment after. We showed a video about missionary work to a member and she said that she has tried and tried to do missionary work and she doesn't see anything come from it. She doesn't think it works. Then we talked about the gospel and how we apply it to ourselves and keep trying. I love revelation!!! You could feel the Spirit so strong and she was encouraged to keep going! No wonder we are to have dinner with members and share the spirit of missionary work each time!!
Saturday was a weird day. We saw a recent convert, Pedro, and got to know him. We asked if he had any questions and he asked why we didn't use the cross. The thought popped into my head to draw to help explain, so I did. Afterwards, he said he had asked sisters before and they explained, but with English being his second language, he didn't grasp what they were saying. So, in order to not get embarrassed, he said he understood. This time he really did understand. We really do need to teach to people's needs and follow the Spirit!! Also, as we were leaving the library, a guy walked up and said he had seen us talking with people and wants to learn. We had a bit of a lesson, then and there, and got a return appointment. I felt like Heavenly Father was saying, "One order of a new investigator" and we were just handed it!!
Sunday we had church. We were supposed to have 4 people there, but Ivo cancelled because he had been called into work. We got to church and a recent convert brought a friend that lives in our area! Score! We still had 4 people at church!! After church we ran off to the Curtis's to teach James. It was so cool! He has ADHD and slight Autism and other sisters have tried to teach him but it hasn't worked. We taught the Restoration with making cookies and even smashed a plate and he understood it. He is even going to pray about what month, March or April, he will get baptized in. So, it was a successful week!!!!
I bought a new coat! Nothing fits anymore!!!! It was on sale!
We are going to go to a nature park with the elders to see turtles, haha! It will be a great day!!! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father trusts each of us enough to allow us the chance to work with his special sons and daughters. I am overflowing with gratitude that I decided to come on a mission. It is something I will never regret!! I love you all and I am excited to see how the next few weeks go and how much we can get done in them :)
Lots of Love!!