This week was great! Sister Afoa and I get so much done together!!! I don't really know where to start.
Okay so this week we have worked a lot with the YSA and have found some less actives that we getting back to the branch. There are a bunch of recent converts at well that got lost when they went to college and we started getting in contact with them and started meeting with them all. There is Brandi, what just got baptized in July I think and then she went out of town all summer and came directly to school and she never got the new member lessons. She is awesome!!!! She also wants to help us with our missionary work so that is the best.
We also met a girl named Gina who got baptized when she was 16 but went less active pretty fast. But then she started dating a returned missionary and she now wants to retake the lessons so she can become truly converted. Shes way cool!
And then their in Tyanna who got baptized a few months ago in Columbus and she went less active when she came to Kent State but we found her and shes been going to all the activities and church. Oh man, she is hilarious!
We also have been taking one of the recent converts Abby teaching with us, like all the time, and she is the best! I wouldn't mind if Kenny or Anson married her :)
We also finally met another one of the recent converts who disappeared named Jordan and she is so cool! She has a hard time with going to YSA wards though because she thinks they are awkward. Funny thing is I was the same way before my mission so its hard to help her change her mind. Karma.
We have not been able to see the girls from the laundromat, Beatrice and Toni. But we have been texting them. School here is crazy and everyone is soooo busy all the time so scheduling can be difficult. But we will find a way!
Anna is another girl who we have been working with and she is a little on the less active side. She doesn't always feel comfortable at church and doesn't have much of a desire to go, but she goes because she has a calling. We have been working with her to find her own testimony though and she is really starting to get involved.
We saw Cara again three times this week and she is doing great! She was going to go to church this Sunday and last Sunday but she and her kids have been sick. Last week her boy had a really bad fever and this week she had a fever. Its the time of the year that everyone is getting sick again... oh no... but Cara said she will come to church in the future. She is really really awesome!
We also found a lot of the less actives from the Rootstown ward and there seemed to be a lot of baptisms of people who were not ready. The ward has lost a bit of faith with investigators being baptized. After meeting all these less actives finally, it made sense why some of the ward members were so stand-offish when Heavenlee wanted to be baptized. I mean she had a ton of fellowshippers and they were so good to her, but when she said she wanted to be baptized asap they all freaked.
Speaking of Heavenlee, she is doing well. Her mom though changed her mind this week and said Heavenlee couldn't get baptized anymore. Heavenlee's so called "uncle" has been at their house a lot and we think he is feeding them anti literature. He is actually wanting to be a baptist minster and he doesn't like that we are teaching the family. Heavenlee seems to be acting different from her normal self and she won't tell us whats up. But tonight we are having an FHE with Heavenlee's family at a members home so that could be good for Sherry.
We also had a miracle with one of the less actives in our ward. We had stopped by several times and every time they say they are busy. Then we got a text from the mom and she asked us to stop stopping by so we were like alrighty... well... is there a time we can meet with you?.... and she wasn't too interested. But then.... we were on their street dropping off a Book of Mormon and they were outside. They looked mad because they thought we were coming to stop by them but then we told them the situation. Sister Afoa jumped in and started asking this woman questions about her life and she turned from being grumpy and rude into her telling us her life story and that she needed to go back to church. She started crying and told us the root to all the problems and now she actually wants to meet with us and start coming back. Ahhh! complete change of heart in seconds. Sister Afoa has a way with people.
Oh one last miracle and that I have to go. So a couple of weeks back we had the blast off table at Kent State and we had an email list for everyone on campus who wanted to hear about the YSSA activities and what not. So unfortunately not a bunch of people came to institute this week, but this one boy, Raghu, showed up and then he even came to church on Sunday. We hadn't even taught him a lesson yet and he came. So he is pretty awesome! We will have our first lesson with him this week so I'll keep y'all updated.
But miracles are happening everywhere!!!!! And we are seeing and talking to so many more people then before and its the best! Missions are the best! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best! And I am happy because I get to help other people be happy :)
I LOVE YOU FAMILY!!!! MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!