Don't have a ton of time so I will just cut right to the chase :)
Tuesday- coolest day ever! I get to tell you all about a girl we met! So we met her at the bus stop last week. We started talking to her and told her about church and invited her to come and she said that she would. We didn't think much of it because we invite people to church all the time and they never come. But get this- SHE CAME! She showed up on Sunday all by herself! (We invited her to the campus ward because she is 19 so we didn't actually see her at church. Which is even more amazing because she literally didn't know anyone there!) We called her Sunday afternoon and she said that she really liked church and wanted to meet with us. So on Tuesday we met with her and we taught her the Restoration and she absolutely loved it! The Spirit was crazy strong in that lesson. She told us that she had met lots of missionaries before, but for some reason when she met us at the bus stop she felt something different. She said that for some reason she felt like she should listen to us and trust us. She also said that she was super scared to go to church all by herself on Sunday and had actually decided not to go, but she just felt so drawn to this church and decided to go. At the end of the lesson, we asked her how she felt about what we had taught her and she said that she had never felt so complete or peaceful in her whole life. It was amazing. You could literally feel the Spirit testifying of truth. It was so cool. So that was the biggest miracle on Tuesday.
|Happy Hump Day to me! :)|
Wednesday way my 9 month mark! I am halfway done with my mission! What? It is very bittersweet. Sweet because I really miss you guys a lot and think of you all the time. But sad because I am having so many amazing experiences and meeting so many cool people and having so much fun and I just don't want it to end. Plus, time seems to be going by pretty fast? Doesn't it? Anyways, Sister Hammatt and I celebrated by going to Chipotle for lunch. It's not Café Rio, but we make it work. :) On Wednesday we had a lesson with an investigator. She really opened up to us a lot and told us that she has loved what she has been learning, but she has a lot that she is going through. She has some loved ones that are homosexual and she is doesn't know if she would be able to join herself with a church that wouldn't "accept" them. So that has been hard and we have been working with her on that. We also had a lesson with another investigator and she is doing pretty good as well. She is just terrified to tell her super staunch Catholic family that she wants to be baptized into the Mormon church. So we could really use some prayers for both of them!
Thursday we had Zone Training Meeting and...... We got to watch Meet the Mormons! It was so good and I loved it so much. I think I loved it so much because it really showed that we are all just good (and normal) people that are doing our best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I also loved it because all of the people were so different. This church has over 15,000,000 members. That means that there are over 15,000,000 ways to be a Mormon and over 15,000,000 different distinct and individual testimonies of this gospel! I loved the movie because it showed that living this gospel makes us happy! So I was so grateful that we got to watch that.
|Painting pumpkins with Sister Hammatt|
Friday was annoying because most of our appointments were no shows... The life of a missionary!
Saturday was a pretty crazy day. We visited a lot of less active members and recent converts. We visited this one less-active member and it was cool because she just had a new baby girl last month, and her home teacher was able to bless her in church yesterday. That really helped her to feel the Spirit. So that was awesome. We also had a lesson with Rachel who is doing SO AWESOME by the way. Get this- SHE HAS BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AT STAKE CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK. I know, right? She is so amazing. I sent you her testimony and I really think that you should read it. She is so inspiring to me. In our lesson on Saturday, we talked about the Book of Mormon and the role that it played in her conversion. It is cool because she is getting her PHd in English so she reads and analyzes the book like an English student. And according to Rachel's professional opinion, there is just no way that Joseph Smith could have made that thing up! :)
So as you can see it was a pretty solid week this week. We really have been blessed for our hard work!
I love you all so much! Can't wait to hear from you next week!