Its been another great week and I cant believe its Monday already! Seriously the time goes way to fast!
So we have had quite the week! I think it goes by faster now because of how many days we have at sites. Because of spring break, the Visitors Center is popping! The second we get off a tour, we are back on another tour. Yesterday we took one of our first large groups since summer. 20 people! And it was awesome! I love love love the large groups because you get a little bit of every personality.
We took the funniest couple yesterday as well. They took pictures of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. literally. And they were so excited about every little thing we told them. It was so cute! And funny! We also have been taking quite a few non-members recently as well and most of them have left with a Book of Mormon and interest in learning more, so that's exciting.
We haven't had much time with our online investigators. I haven't heard from Courtney for forever! We did just start teaching a lady from Trinidad though on Saturday and shes a hoot! She said she already believes it all and wants to learn more and more. We just have to see if we can get her in contact with some missionaries in her area. She lives a couple hours away from the nearest church so it may be a little difficult.
We also are still teaching David, I think I told y'all about him. He called mormon.org before he was going to commit suicide, but we talked him out of it and he has been meeting with the missionaries ever since. He sounds like a completely different person and loves the Book of Mormon. He went to church again this week as well! So yay!
I also have been in contact with one of my recent converts, Chrisby, and shes doing great! Her mom ended up joining the church as well. And now they are planning to go to the temple for baptisms in a couple of weeks so that is exciting.
Our area is doing great as well! With so little time, we are doing the best we can to fit everyone in, but we can't help but feel we are cheating our area because of the little amount of time we have there. I remember this feeling from last summer. But we are teaching more than we were then too so it's even worse. But we are making it work.
We taught Anna gain and she is doing great! She wants soo badly to be baptized and she's progressing really fast. She was unable to come to church though because of her job so noww e have to push her baptism back. And it's going to have to be like April 16th because of stake and general conference. UGGG!!! The timing! But shes still so committed!
Asianna couldn't meet this week but she's doing great as well! Shes still excited about learning more and she's reading the Book of Mormon! Pretty impressive for a High School-er I think.
We also found another family, the Sajens, to start teaching this week and they are awesome! They have taken the lessons before but their lives got too busy. But now they really want to learn and the dad wants us to come on the weekends so we can come when his kids are home from college.
This week we also saw Debra again and she is awesome!!!!! She really really really wants to be baptized, but then again the Sunday situation is what is keeping her back. But good news, someone from her work came up to her and told her randomly, that in a few months, she would be able to start taking every other Sunday off, which was cool, because she was praying that she would be able to make something work. She said, that was a converting experience for her to know that she was on the right path.
Mary Claire is also doing great! We had a pretty straight-forward lesson with her this week and she took it so well. She was actually really excited to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the things we were teaching were true or not. We shall see if she follows through.
This week I also had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Sister Berry on her 22nd birthday and it was soooo fun! She is an amazing missionary! And what a day! She is so energetic to do the work and she's so sincere about it too so that those we talk to instantly listen. We ended up finding several new investigators that day as well.
First we met Arnea who is 16 and she loved loved the restoration. She was super excited to read the Book of Mormon and she was planning to come to church this week but ended up getting called in for work. Dang it! Work always gets in the way for our investigators! But Arnea has a baptism date for April 16th as well.
Next we met Devan who is a Seventh Day Adventist and he was awesome! We taught him the restoration and he had so many questions. He doesn't actually live in our area though so we sent his local missionaries to go visit him.
Last that day we met Leanese and she is a hoot! Shes a southern Baptist but she said she was curious and could feel something (the Spirit) that she wanted to feel more in her life. We talked to her about the Word of Wisdom because she was smoking when we knocked on her door and she said she wants to give it up. Sister Berry bore powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon and told her that if she read the Book of Mormon, she could overcome her addiction. She was ecstatic and was ready to read. Ahh!!! Such a great lesson! And a great last exchange for me. But yup, that was my week!
Oh and yes mom, I was in the newspaper! I am pretty much famous here... just kidding. But yup just like it says in the paper, I was able to participate in a littler service project to help get food to the poorer children and families in these parts. It was so fun!!! And it was in commemoration of the Feast for the Poor that Ann Whitney and Emma Smith held 180 years back. It was quite the experience!
Anyway, this week has been great! There are more and more people coming out of their homes now because of the warmer weather, so we are finding plenty to teach. It's wonderful! Well the church is true! And I really don't ever want to leave!!! I can't think of anything better than sharing the gospel that I love so much with God's children!
Well I hope yall all have a great week! Love and miss y'all!!!!!
Sister Katie Call