We found a couple of really cool new investigators this week! They were already working on the papers to get married before we even got there! She had listened to the missionaries before and loved what she heard, but she never got baptized because she wanted it to be a family thing. I guess the missionaries got tired of trying or something but they dropped her and we refound her. We set up an appointment with her but she wasn’t there when we got there, but her husband was outside so we talked to him for about a half an hour and gained his confidence, and then she showed up and let us in and we talked with the whole family. Then later in the week we had a lesson just with him. And both times the Spirit was super strong. And it was cool to see the change in him in just those couple of days. When we first met him he was very closed and didn’t seem like he wanted much to do with us, but at the end of the second lesson with him, his whole demeanor had changed! It was super cool!
I did have one experience that really reminded me why I am here on the mission. We were sitting in a bus one day returning to our area talking and a lady sitting behind us starts talking to us out of the blue. She talked a while, and then she told us that she was a member, but that she had been inactive for 30 years because her mom made her stop going because she thought that the mormons were brainwashing her daughter (she was 21 at that point). So naturally, we invited her to come back to church, but she declined. But we kept on talking to her and it came up that she had always wanted to serve a mission, and that she was planning to do so but her parents didn’t let her, and that that has been a lifelong regret for her. So we told her that if she came back to church and got everything in order that she could still serve a mission and at that point she nearly started to cry, and she was like “I want to, I want to!” Then we asked her if she still had her Book of Mormon and she said no, that her mom had thrown away all of her church books and seminary stuff and everything. So we gave her a new one and again she started to cry and she said that she would read it every day, and that she knew that God had placed her on that bus with us, and it was a special sign for her because that day was also her birthday. It was really cool. When she got off the bus, we just looked at each other and smiled. It was one of the most beautiful feelings in the world!
Dear Family and Friends,
Dear Family and Friends,