B to the L to the O to the G.
Hello hello hello.
This week was seriously nuts. Do I say that every single week?
Probably. But seriously this week was more nuts than other weeks of my
life. Ok. Let me tell you why it's crazy...
1. We had more
teaching appointments than I have ever had in my whole mission life. (We
taught 25 lessons this week... which is a crazy ton since the standard
of excellence is 20 lessons).
2. We went on an exchange, and went to Zone Conference. (these things take a lot of time away from your area).
At Zone Conference we got news that we would be doing this new thing
where we go on like 3 day exchanges with the sisters. 3 DAYS. Do you
know how long that is in missionary week time? So we are doing that this
week. We are actually going to work in trios. I'm going to Owego to
work with the sisters there and Sister Glenn will be going to Ithaca to
work with the sisters there. So it's going to be probably the most
crazy, fun and stressful week to date. This transfer is nuts and that's
all I have to say.
Now lets talk about the miracles of the week.
Tender Mercy #1.
Monday, we were literally going to have 0 time to proselyte. We had a
dinner appointment and then we had to go spend the night with some
sisters in Horseheads. So we were feeling kind of bummed. We prayed that
within our limited time, we would still be able to do some missionary
Well we stroll into our dinner appointment and their son
had his girlfriend there. So the member is like "hey! I was thinking for
your spiritual thought tonight you could practice teaching us the
restoration *wink wink*" We are just like... "ok". So we start to teach
it and this poor girl has no idea what's just hit her. Apparently they
did not mention to her who missionaries are and that they were coming
over for dinner. Oh man it was rough. So we finish our message and then
we are going to go have dinner and this girl straight up sprints out the
front door. Sister Glenn and I look at each other and are just like
*facepalm*. Well after some prodding from his father, the kid went out
to go bring his girlfriend back. We then had a nice dinner and she
apologized for running out. It was too awkward.
story doesn't end there. (Although we were pretty sure it would). On
Sunday, we see this member family rolling into church and who should be
with them, but the son's girlfriend! #sistersaywhat. Anyway she came up
to us at church and was like, "Hey sisters! I'm sorry I bolted the other
day! I didn't know what was going on and I felt super awkward. But I
talked it over and I've decided that I actually want to give this all a
chance and learn about it!" Ok, hello, thank you tender mercies of the
Lord! So now we are going to officially start teaching her! This sweet
little chica even volunteered to come out teaching with us once she
understood what we were talking about! SO GOOD.
Tender Mercy #2.
on Monday, after leaving the super awkward meal appointment, we
realized that we were actually 8 minutes early! So we had a baby bit of
time to do some work. Well we are driving down the highway, and there is
this cute little ice cream shop right off the highway that we had been
wanting to go to for forever, but never had a chance. So I think to
myself, "ah. we should go get ice cream!" but then I think... "hmmmm...
yeah that's probably not the very best idea." So I with held my
thought. Right then Sister Glenn goes "Hey! Do you want to get ice cream
at that place?" So naturally I gave in.
Well it turned out to be
a drive though ice cream shop #newyork. So we ordered our picks and
then we are just chillin. Then the lady working the window goes, "Where
are you guys from? I see you have those name tags!" *money question* So
then we start telling her about missions and all that good stuff. Then
we gave her our card to pay for the ice cream, but she wouldn't take it.
She said "This one's on us for all you guys do!" Then she told us that
she went to a church called the "Christian Missionary Church" We were
able to talk to her a bit about the church and give her a card with our
number on it.
As we drove away we were just so amazed by how much
our Heavenly Father loves us! Not only did he answer our prayers to be
able to do missionary work, but the prompting involved free ice cream!
BEST ANSWER TO PRAYERS EVER.
Tender Mercy #3.
praying for specific things is like, crazy awesome? Yeah! So this week
on one of the days Sister Glenn and I were praying that we would be able
to set someone with a specific baptism date. We had a couple of lessons
set up so we were just praying it would happen. Well all our lessons
went through and nothing nothing nothing. We only had one left. We went in and they were feeling pretty iffy about baptism.
We had planned to talk about the Plan of Salvation, but as we were
saying the opening prayer, I received a prompting that we should talk
about "CPR" (church, pray, read) and so we did. At the end of the lesson
we had set them with all of these awesome goals, and then Sister Glenn
invited them to be baptized on a specific date, (something they have
always dodged). AND THEY AGREED.
Tender mercy. Answer to prayers.
as we were leaving their house, right before I closed the door, I heard her say, "I just think those girls are so sweet." My heart
was then too happy.
AND FINALLY.... one cool insight.
week at Zone conference during the testimony meeting, one of the elders
got up and bore his testimony about the story in the New Testament when
Peter is walking on the water. He said that he recently realized how he
had always misunderstood the story. We always think of it that Peter
jumps out of the boat and starts to walk on the water, then he sees the
huge crazy waves and starts to doubt that he can stay on top of it all,
it is then, in his doubt, that he sinks. Then Christ reaches out and
pulls him up and says, "Oh ye of little faith. Wherefore didst thou
But here's what the elder pointed out that I thought was
pretty applicable to my life. He said that the way it's worded, we can
tell that Peter started to sink, AND THEN he doubted. He then said, "I
like to add a couple of words onto Christ's response. I like to think
what He really said was 'Oh ye of little faith. Wherefore didst thou
doubt that I could save thee?' " Peter was going to start to sink, no
matter how much faith he had. He was mortal, and it was part of his life
that he would sink. But where Peter lacked faith was in the promise
that Christ would save him. I think of that in terms of our own lives.
We are not meant to always be walking on water. When we agreed to come
here, we knew that it meant from time to time the storms would come and
we would start to sink. But Christ's promise to Peter is the same
promise he gives to us. He will always save us. He will always reach
down and pull us back on top of the water. We never need to doubt that
Christ is walking near us, that He is always watching, and His arm is
always reaching out.
Well that was the week of one sister missionary in Corning, NY. Oh wait let me tell you a funny quote or two...
"The roof is not my child, but I will raise it!" -Member
"But wait! I was always told that you weren't to beat no children!" -Less-active member during Gospel Principals class...
Alright. We'll talk again after another crazy week.