Well it has been such an amazing week! So, here we go!!!
First of all- Wednesday we were supposed to have a lesson with Ashley and an investigator. We had a member with us. Ashley punched so we decided to go and try a potential… that person wasn't there..... So, we just asked our member... "Do you have anyone we could teach?" She stood there for a second and said.... “Well, let me text someone...” Her friend didn't answer so we just said if she gets back to you let us know and we have a very open schedule. Well, that night at about 6 she texted us and said, "My friend Dawn is so excited to meet with y’all. She is going out of town tomorrow so she wants to meet at my house tonight at 7.."........................................ummmm OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, at 7 we get to her house. Dawn is just a pocketful of joy and sunshine! We start teaching and she is soaking everything up!! She was able to tell this member how much of an influence she has been and the member was able to testify of how much this has blessed her life and of Joseph Smith and she cried and it was so wonderful.!!!! Then, we got to the Book of Mormon. (In the Bible Belt this is where lessons can go pretty bad!) And we said this phrase... "So we know over time the Bible has been changed and distorted...." Dawn gets all wide-eyed and turned to the member and said.... "Did you just hear what they said!?!"... The member quoted it back to her.... she was like, “YEA.... I KNOW THAT IS TRUE!!! THE BIBLE ISN'T PERFECT ANYMORE!!! I KNOW THAT...." ..................................................................um….. please excuse Ski Ski and I while we die for a second... So let’s just say we set a bap date with her… and here is the most CRAZY part of the story..... So, our area is 3x1 miles..... PRETTY SMALL.... So she doesn't live in our area.......sad day.... BUT THEY ARE MOVING INTO OUR AREA ON THE 16TH OF AUGUST...... DO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE LORD LOVES US AND HE GIVES US SO MUCH SUCCESS!!!!
Next story: So, Saturday we were out contacting. We found into these two kids, 14 and 15, we shared the restoration with them, gave them a Book of Mormon, and had a return appointment for Sunday. So, Sunday comes around. We have a member with us. He has a mission call-- leaving in a month. As we approach the house we see the Book of Mormon sitting on the curb. It had been run over a couple of times and the pages looked like someone had mangled it up a bit. (Hint taken)... (Oh, their Grandpa is a pastor at Stone Gate where they teach anti material in their sermons)... remember this. I put the copy in my bag and we think, “How can we use this member most effectively?? We remembered there was a boy we found into last week and he had to cancel our appointment that was supposed to be Saturday. So we decided to go try him. We knock the door. The mom opens it. We ask for the kid. She says he is sick. We ask if we could share a message about Christ with her. She said yes. We go in--- 6 kids circle around us-- we teach the restoration. Come to find out the kids had talked to missionaries 10 year before but had to stop because of a family tragedy. (lost a sibling #planofsalvationithinkyes) But the mom said this was her first time participating in the lessons and that she wants us to keep coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH THE LORD LOVES US!!!
Then we were with a recent convert. He was going to come to a lesson with us, but the people punched, so we asked him if he knew of anyone we could go see. He said yes. So we drove over to his cousin’s house. His wife answered.. Said she was just on his way to go get him. Long story short… We have a lesson with them tonight at 8 :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love missionary work!!!! It is so amazing.
Over the last transfer I have experienced for myself how hard missionary work really is! We have the highs of highs-- and low of lows... and often you feel those emotions all in one day :)
Have a great week!
<3 sister dawes
P.S. I forgot to finish the story about the Book of Mormon. So, what we did was we brought it home and wrote a quote from Elder Holland and glued it to the front, and we glued The Standard of Truth to the back. Here is the quote:
“You may wonder if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand in high school or to go on a mission only to have your most cherished beliefs reviled or to strive against much in society that sometimes ridicules a life of religious devotion. Yes, it is worth it, because the alternative is to have our “houses” left unto us “desolate”—desolate individuals, desolate families, desolate neighborhoods, and desolate nations. Friends, especially my young friends, take heart. Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world.
We will leave it in the apartment so all can read and know the work will go forward!