This week has been great! Also I didn't give y'all enough details in my last email, but I wont get my new companion until the 20th of this month. They called me as a trainer way early because a member of the Seventy is coming to have a conference with us this week and that pushed everything around. So I am still with Sister Janairo. But I do know that there are only three new visitor center sisters coming and my companion will either be from Utah, Arizona, or France. I've seen all their pictures and they are all pretty cute so I am excited :) Also super nervous. But Yes, training will be good for me. I think it will help keep me focused my last couple of weeks here. I cant believe how fast my mission has gone. Its insane. I really wish it didn't have to end so soon especially because we are finally seeing tons of miracles and changes in the area. Our new ward mission leader is great! We had a meeting the other day and he is ready to get to work. We also had a miracle week and found 5 new investigators and we also carried members with us around all week and had them come to the majority of our lessons. So now the members are more excited about missionary work and they are trying to get their other member friends involved too. We too have been inviting those members to bear their testimony next fast Sunday about going out with us missionaries, So hopefully that will help spread the excitement. Woohoo
So I'll tell you a little more about the miracles we have seen....
Okay so we got a referral for this lady named Trixie. Her daughter is a member and referred her. I guess her daughter didnt tell her though because when we showed up she was freaked out. She was quizzing us about where we got her information. And since it was so cold outside she said we could come in for a second. That second turned into a half hour lesson. Actually, when we came her friend was over and they both were previously discussing all the challenges they were having in life and thinking about God. So when we showed up she started to cry because she knew that God had sent us her way at that very moment. Its funny because we almost didn't stop by her place that night because we only had 5 minutes until we had to head home. But the Spirit prompted and we did as directed. So we ended up teaching them about the restoration and they were very interested in learning more.
We also saw Patty this week and we finally got a member to come with us to her place. We taught about the restoration and set a baptism date with her for Feb 13th. Its going to be a little difficult for her to reach that date because she works on Sunday so we are trying to figure that out. But Patty was really excited. I dont know if she actually understands whats going on half the time though because she is pretty spacey and all her grand babies are always running around everywhere. But despite that, we had a very powerful lesson. She also expressed a desire for one of her adopted kids who is like 15 to come to church so we are going to try to start teaching her as well.
We also taught Tina who is this very kind lady from Ghana. We had met her a week ago and shared with her the Book of Mormon. She was busy but told us to come back and when we saw her this week she had already read a chunk of the Book of Mormon. She said she knew it was true and we invited her to be baptized but she was unsure. She says she wants to read and learn more before she commits to anything.
We also had a really neat experience when we went to Mary Claire and her friend Rita came so that should could receive a blessing. We had bishop come and he was amazing! He basically taught the restoration again and bore testimony so firmly of the truth of the Gospel. It was powerful! Bishop also set up the opportunity to perfectly for her to start taking the lessons but she was hesitant because of her husband. But I know they are ready for the gospel and we are praying that they find that desire to learn more.
This week we also finally were able to meet with Shelish's friend Shebash and his wife and they are so ready for the Gospel! They have lots of questions and there is quite a language barrier but they have a major desire to learn.
So its been a pretty great week! We saw so many more miracles that I can't even wrap my brain around. But I know all these things are happening because Heavenly Father is ready for this area to really start growing and He has seen the efforts we are putting forth. Last week we were looking for things to do, and this week we dont even have enough time in our schedule to see everybody. So we have been tremendously blessed! The church is true! Missions are the best! I literally have been spoiled like crazy from my Heavenly Father!
I miss y'all and love y'all to pieces!!!!
Sister Katie Call