Can you believe it was a just a week ago that we were talking to each other??? It seems like a lifetime ago! Mom- you asked me if I was homesick or if talking to you guys affected the work this past week. It was actually something that I was really worried about. I prayed so hard to Heavenly Father to help me continue to be focused and motivated after I got to talk to you. It was seriously the biggest tender mercy because we ended up having a really good and successful day that day! So many miracles had happened that day. I KNOW that if we had had a bad day, then talking to you would have made me feel super homesick and not motivated to do anything. But because it had been such a successful day, I was excited to get back to work after talking to you. I know that was a direct answer to my prayer and a blessing from Heavenly Father. Talking to you actually really gave me the push and the motivation that I needed. Knowing that you guys are proud of me and that I have so much support from the people that I love most has made a world of a difference. I know that getting to talk to your family is an experience that is different for every missionary, but I was so grateful for it!
Monday- Ok so last Monday there were CRAZY rainstorms. Like seriously some of the craziest weather I have ever seen. There were 3 flash flood warnings. Sister Newton and I were lucky enough to be caught outside right in the middle of one, so that was interesting. But we are alive and here to tell the tale.
Tuesday was Zone Conference and it was absolutely amazing. I really just can't speak highly enough of the Cutler's and how inspired they are. They gave us trainings on how important the family is. That is one thing that I noticed in my setting apart blessing as I was reading it the other day. It counsels me to preach the importance of families and how we can be together forever as much as I can. I was grateful for this training because I do want to make families a focus for me personally here on my mission. It really is the biggest blessing that we get to be together forever. We also talked about finding "the one" that we were sent here on our missions to find. I really think that there is at least one person in every area that I serve in that needs me, Sister Courtney King, to find them and share my testimony with them. I am determined to work hard to make sure that Heavenly Father will always be able to bless me with those specific opportunities. Zone Conference was awesome because I got to see Sister Tanner again! Boy, have I missed her. It was really funny, Sis. Tanner volunteered me and Sister Newton to do a musical number at the zone conference so we decided that we were going to get her back. Earlier in the week we had sent her this fake letter from an ex-boyfriend pretty much proclaiming his love for her and asking for her hand in marriage. It was legit! When we got to zone conference she started telling us all about this letter that she had gotten. Sis Newton and I started CRACKING UP. She totally fell for it! Haha one of my prouder moments... :)
Wednesday was a MIRACLE day! We found this brand new part member family and they are THE BOMB! It is this couple that is engaged and they have the cutest little 1 year old daughter and another baby on the way. The mom is a member and joined the church back when she was a teenager. She hasn't been coming for the past couple of years because her fiance isn't very religious. But we got in there and established a really good relationship with them. We are so excited to start teaching them. We were super nervous because we knew that a lot was riding on this first lesson. But then a few minutes after we left we got a text from her that said,
"Thank you so much for coming today. You guys were so perfect, and my fiance is already excited to see you next week. I know now for sure that he will join the church, maybe sooner than I thought. Never thought this day would come."
I can not even begin to tell you how much that text meant to me. After getting the training the day before about finding "the one" I really think this family could be the one for me!
Later that day we had another lesson with our investigator T. I think I told you a little about her last week. The lesson went so amazingly well! We taught her the Plan of Salvation. She loved the idea of the Spirit World and how everyone will have a equal opportunity to accept the gospel there. I have never really thought about that a lot before. I think I have taken that for granted sometimes. It really is amazing that our Heavenly Father loves us so much and he is so merciful that He wants to give us every opportunity to make the right choice so that we can make it back to live with Him again. How grateful I am for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation!
Thursday was my 4 month mark! That is a good chunk of time! It doesn't seem like very much when you think about how I still have 14 more months ahead of me, but hey! My mission is almost a third of the way over! There is so much that I have to learn and so much that I want to accomplish still! Time is going by fast and slow all at the same time. To celebrate we went to Organ Piper's Pizza for dinner with the sisters from Muskego Lakes because Sister Pope came out with me so it was her 4 month mark too. It is the coolest restaurant ever! Glad we got to go.
Friday we met with F. Last week's lesson didn't go so hot. He hadn't been reading in the Book of Mormon. But this week was so much better- he had been reading this week! I don't think that is a coincidence. Later that night we had dinner at Sarah's house. When we got there, we decided to invite T over to join us last minute and she ended up coming! It was so fun! They get along great and their daughters are the same age so they love to play together. Sarah is so excited to help others learn about this gospel now that she has seen how much it has blessed her life. We had an awesome discussion about how the Book of Mormon has changed our lives and the Spirit was so strong. She has started reading the Book of Mormon and has already seen a difference in her life. It was such a wonderful night!
Saturday we had another lesson with our investigator. She is seriously my new favorite person. We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved that as well. She is so golden. So grateful that Heavenly Father is letting us teach her. Later that night we went to visit a less-active lady in our ward. She has MS and lives in an assisted living center. She can hardly move and can't talk very well. So trying to talk with her didn't work very well. Instead, we decided that we would sing hymns to her. The Spirit was so strong in that room as we sang and it brought tears to her eyes. There were even some of the workers there that stopped in to listen to us singing. Such a cool experience.
Sunday T came to church and this time she brought her 16 year old son too! He is way cool and has a lot of potential. T is seriously the biggest miracle.
That is pretty much it for this week. So many good things are happening here in West Allis! Thank you so much for your letters and e-mails! You are the best!