Hello Friends and Family,
Wow, this is going to be quite the transfer!!! Sister Brunt and I get along so well!!! So many great things are going to be happening! Last week, on Monday, we had a Zone Conference call. The Zone Leaders told us of a goal all the leaders of the mission have set. They told us that by the end of the year this mission wants to have 625 convert baptisms-- last year we had a goal of 500 and we got 505--- They then invited all of us to pray in our companionship to set a goal of how many we want to get in this transfer and then pray individually to seek inspiration about how many the Lord wants us to find by the end of the year..... So here is why this is going to be quite the transfer.........
Sister Brunt and I have set the goal of bringing 5 Souls unto Christ by 9.23.14....... 5 let's break that down a bit...... IT TOOK 9 MONTHS FOR ME TO GET TO 5 NOW WE ARE GOING TO GET 5 IN ONE TRANSFER!!!! (And I have not quite yet figured out how many by the end of the year. I am thinking 7) so here was our week....
WORKING HARD, BEING OUT, FINDING PEOPLE, PRAYING, PRAYING, PRAYING... WE COULD USE more PRAYERS FROM HOME!!!!!
So, I will walk you through the week- this AMAZING week we had 11 new investigators. THAT’S THE MOST I'VE EVER HAD...
Monday: We had a lesson with a recent convert, Janie, and her granddaughter Clarissa, and her boyfriend Rob. So Clarissa had a 2-year old baby (both R&B are 18) R is not the daddy. C doesn't have custody of the baby right now. R&B live together at R's house.... So we talked to them about how the gospel can bless their relationship if they let it. We set up a return appointment. They called it a "couples meeting" for Thursday. I'll get to that lesson.
Tuesday- we went to one of our out-lying towns, Olton- We contacted for about 4 hours. We contacted into a 14 year old girl named Gabby. We asked her why she felt there were so many churches on the earth today. She answered spot on. She said she has been going to a Methodist church for a few months, but her parents drive almost an hour away to Hart each Sunday to go to a Spanish church, but she doesn't speak Spanish, so she doesn't go. We taught about the restoration and she thought it was very interesting. We set up another appointment for 8.26.14. We hope she reads the Book of Mormon--- pray for that. We got so lost in this little town. We lost our car. It was hot and we had to drive to get home. It was getting late and Sis Brunt was hungry, so as we are searching for "Ruby," our car. I just start running in circles to get some enthusiasm! And as I am running getting some energy, we run into 2 other men (in my mind my voice read the part in the white handbook that says, "Always be mature in your conduct...." Well great!.... Anyway, so we started talking to Jesus and Louis. They were kinda thugs-- mostly Jesus-- but we taught the Restoration right there and set up another appointment.... Pray that goes through!
Wednesday- we had a lesson with a contact. His name is Buddy- We were about 10 min late -our fault- He said, "I almost gave up on ya'll." Turns out a few years ago missionaries said they would come back and never did.... taught Restoration. He just converted to Catholicism, so he could marry his wife in that church... He doesn't think she will listen and they are always busy!!! We really need to teach families! Pray that we can teach both of them.
That night we were going to a lesson with a guy named George. He got there early so we were contacting around. We found a man named Max- Max was recently "saved" and has changed his life a lot in the past 3 weeks. To get to the point, George never showed up so we had a lesson with Max… And it was amazing... Mostly concerned he'll be anti-- pray that doesn't happen :( We haven't had contact with him at all.....
Thursday- Lesson with R&C- We decided to teach The Plan of Salvation for this "couple’s lesson." C's sister, Brieann, joined us. Brianne is 16 and also has a baby, but she adopted her daughter to another family. So, we taught The Plan of Salvation. They each loved it. We thought that would be the best because we feel these kids just need to know who they are and have an eternal perspective...... They ate it up. We set bap dates with them. Then “it” came up...... THE LAW OF CHASTITY........ This was like the first time on my mission where we have really in-depth talked about the law of chastity and the benefits of keeping it and all that jazz.... C&R were not too thrilled-- B LOVED IT. This week I have been pondering a lot on how lucky I have been to have been raised with good morals and standards. I am so grateful I know who I am and why I am here. I have that eternal perspective that these kids are missing... Saturday we were supposed to have another lesson with them, but apparently Rob got Violent with Clarissa (nothing new- both of the girl’s boys are abusive--- another awful thing) So now R is in Jail and Bandy never came to the lesson :( So please pray for these girls. They need the gospel. We had an amazing lesson planned for them....... We know they need this so much.
Saturday was a HARD day. We didn't have too many lesson, but the ones we had were just awful. They were not productive, and it just broke our hearts, and I broke down at the end of they day. We were supposed to go see a less-active at 8, but I couldn't handle going to another lesson that I knew wouldn't be productive, so we went and re-scheduled. I had to take a min. to pray and I read a little in the scriptures. The scriptures opened to a chapter that was meant just for me. I needed it right then. It gave me strength to keep on going. It was about 8:30. We decided to go out and contact. We found Hope and David, set bap dates with them right then and there…. They were supposed to come to church....they didn't come.
Sunday: We were supposed to have 7 people at church, only one came- Jacob is a referral. Earlier this week we got a call from Washington State from a member saying his friend is moving down to Plainview to play baseball for the Baptist College here. He has been meeting with missionaries and has a Mormon girlfriend. He wants to know more. He has problems with the priesthood. We met with him this week. He really wants to know this for him and not for his girl or friends, so we think this can be the perfect time for him.
Family, we need lots of prayers. We are praying and planning like I've never done before. I am expecting miracles-- now we just need to go find them. Please pray that we can be lead and directed, and that we can be exactly obedient to be worthy of the Spirit at all times.
Amazing things are going to happen.
Have a great week!
P.S. The thumb wrap is for a sprained thumb...it has been swollen (for 2 weeks) from sitting on it wrong when she was helping the 2 girls pack to move to Utah. She finally got it x-rayed...and it is NOT broken.