Hello everyone! It is so crazy how fast this week was and how fast this first transfer went by! We are starting the last week of my first transfer! It does not seem like 5 weeks have passed by!
This last week was great and hot! Last Monday we played some basketball with the elders in our district and I beat them in a game of 21... hahaha I guess the Lord is strengthening me in ways I didn't think about! Haha the elders I played against were both really surprised! After that we had dinner at Sister Jaggi's house and she made us some of her favorite food she ate growing up in Missouri! I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time and they are super good! (Mom you would be proud hahaha) Love that woman! She served her mission in Ecuador! :) (Jordan you would love her stories) That night we had Family Home Evening with the Vickrey family. (Who we are working with and a couple of them have been baptized and RJ will be baptized this Friday!) We watched a video about Finding Faith in Christ and then played some games outside with the family! This was HUGE progress for them, because they have a super dysfunctional relationship within their family and don't necessarily enjoy each other's company. So seeing them play Ninja on the front lawn together with us was a super awesome experience. :)
We taught Tiara, one of our investigators about the Plan of Salvation and the Law of Chastity. She is currently living with her boyfriend Saul and they just had a baby boy a couple of months ago. Saul is a member of the church but hasn't come since he was a teenager. She is receiving all of the lessons we teach her super well! She is really open to everything. We brought up how they need to be married in order for her to be baptized. We are now trying to work with them to set a date for their marriage so that we can have a goal to work towards! I am hoping they have faith and get married sooner than later.
We taught an 86 year old black man named Moses this week! He is the cutest human ever. I just love him hahaha he talks and talks and talks about the countries he has visited and the wars he was in and the languages he knows. He loves the Bible and everything about Heavenly Father and talking to him was super fun. Hopefully he isn't too set in his ways and can open his heart to receiving even more truth!
We had Zone Training Meeting on Friday and I got to see Sister Kurtz my MTC companion again! HAPPY DAY! I just love her so much! I am a horrible person and forgot to take a picture! I was so mad when I realized I had forgot to do that! President Wilson and his wife came to that meeting so it was a big surprise but super great to see them!
We have 3 baptisms for this upcoming Friday evening! Super stoked is an understatement!!! They are about to make the best decision ever because they are following a commandment of God and He can't wait to bless them for it!!!! Say some prayers for the Chans and RJ to make it because I know that Satan is aware of the choice they are about to make and is not happy about it. We have already seen some frustration in the plans that we are making in order for the baptism to happen and he is trying his best to make it so they don't happen. Please pray for them!
Saturday we went to the Chan's Grandma/ Mom's memorial thingy. Since she was Catholic they had a ceremony of that order. It was interesting, definitely different and definitely a really good experience to see how other people worship. They fed us lots of delicious Filipino food with all of their Filipino family and friends and it was awesome. I love their family!
I feel like the definition of a missionary should include psychologist, therapist, and wedding planner after this week hahaha. It has been awesome to be able to hear everyone's life stories and the problems they are facing in their lives right now. Isn't it so comforting to know that no matter what situation any of them are in or any thing we are facing in our lives at this point, the Gospel of Jesus Christ-- the Atonement, can help us see the light and endure these hard trials? I am so grateful to be a part of this work, to help these people realize that there is a point to all of this crazy madness in this life. I am so grateful for the Savior. For everything He has done and continues to do for us. I love Him and am trying to be the best representative of Him that I can.
I'm pretty sure I ate a piece of lasagna that was the size of Texas this week. I was polite and ate all of what Brother Moser put on my plate... but I am pretty sure it was coming out of my eye balls by the end the hour. I think it is difficult for the members who feed us to understand that we are not like the Elders and that it isn't physically possible for us to eat as much as them either. Hahahaha we are so so so blessed and so grateful for the members for feeding us though! We love them!!! :)
Love you all, and hope it was an awesome week!
PS: Letty (Someone we are teaching and whom I love dearly) has three Maltipoos! Just like Macy! :)