Friday, July 25, 2014
21 Jul 2014
So. Many. Miracles.
Where to begin. Last week during weekly planning, we were looking at our board of people to visit and it just seemed like a dead end. We had gathered a lot of new investigators last transfer but they had all flaked out or were too busy to meet with us, and we didn't have a lot going for us this week. So we decided (however uncharacteristic of me) to set a CRAZY goal and find 12 new investigators this week. We had a few people in mind, but most of it was completely on faith. We just prayed and decided it would happen, and went for it!
WE WORKED SO HARD. Our zone had a fast on Wednesday to find a new baptismal date, and all four assistants came up and worked with the elders for the day, and almost everyone got a new date! Except us..but we found four new investigators that day, and that was the miracle we needed. The rest of the week completely just fell into place, it was incredible. I really felt for the first time in awhile that the Lord was planning out our week and placing people in our path, I think because I had to make a conscious effort to listen to the spirit. Sister Jensen would always say that missionary work is just guess work without the Spirit, and it's so true. So I did my best to go visit the random people that came to mind, and it worked! Someday I'll be as good as Sister Monson! so we ended up with 12 total, which was absolutely insane. SO blessed this week. Once we acknowledge that this isn't our work at all, miracles can happen.
My favorite favorite new investigators are 13 and 10, their family just moved here from Brownsville? Oregon! Just north of Harrisburg I guess, they have a branch up there. The mom and oldest daughter are members, and the dad is super supportive but wasn't interested in baptism four years ago when they joined. The younger daughters just wanted more time to understand things thoroughly. We had the best lesson with them, we drew pictures of the pre-earth life and talked about being "princesses", and I guess when their mom came home they just gushed about how much they loved it, so now we are having dinner with them again this week and we'll get to meet the dad!
On the normal side of things...being with the Malibu and all, the engine overheated yesterday when we were on our way to dinner up in Fremont...so our beloved zone leaders had to break the sabbath and go buy engine coolant and come rescue us way out of their area...and we made it home in time for the rest of the coolant to leak out of the engine all over the parking lot. So we got to get the car towed this morning and got some extra companionship bonding time waiting for an hour and a half outside of our area yesterday. Woo. So we are now car sharing with the mission peak elders for today so far. at least we get to drive the corolla and listen to chinese audio recordings all day! yay for adventures...we hadn't had one in quite a while. Pictures to come next week (I promise I'll try to (make Sister Savila) take more, I've been SO bad this transfer).