Transfers again this week! First things first, we got notified that Sister Stone is being "out-staked" so that means I am losing my companion :( I only had her for one transfer!!! AHHH and I barely know my area!!!! I am praying that my next companion is a good one so she can help pick up my slack. There is still so much to learn about this area. Most Kirtland Sister areas are small because we have so little time in our areas compared to most, but our area is HUGE! But then we are super limited on miles so there is no possible way of trying to go through our whole area. In fact this week we borrowed the Elders bikes and went about 30 miles in two days. I don't think I had been on a bike since middle school so it killed me legs! Plus the bikes seats are for boys and not girls so its killing our cabooses! Man I can barely sit down with out wanting to cry hahaha... ok that is being a little dramatic. But still. ouchy.
Ok sooo this week...
Oh first off, THANKS FOR THE PIZZA!!!! Oh man that had been a rough day and the pizza made it all better. My mom is the best. Fact.
Alrighty, back to my train of thought. First we saw our newer investigators ... Erin, Ambe,r Lon, and Carol. Mostly its just Amber and Erin who are interested and then the other two are their grandparents who listen in. Their dad Michael just got baptized (but in another ward) and wants them to get baptized as well. We taught them the restoration and they responded pretty well! The girls are 10 and 13 but they are very smart and capable. When we had our second visit with them this week, we committed them to a baptism date of July 18th! Start praying for them that they will be ready :)
Oh I also went on exchanges this week in the Alliance area and it was so fun! I went with Sister Mejia who is the bom. ! She is way fun and we met some pretty neat people. but the coolest part of the day was when we met with her Bishop. He actually went to school at the University of Texas and he had a little UT shrine that he showed off to me. So that was fun :)
This week we also did some service for a former investigator. Her name is Ikel and she was moving all her stuff from one apartment to another. She was hoping we would have our car that day to help her transport things but we didn't so she was kinda upset at the beginning. We told her that we could just walk her stuff over but she wasn't too fond of the idea. But we found a baby stroller and someone got the clever idea to just wheel everything over in the baby stroller. Most of the things she needed moving was clothing and smaller things so it worked out. We also looked way crazy pushing this baby stroller around the apartments. It was kind of hilarious. So after pushing this baby stroller back and forth for 3 hours in the yucky drizzly rain, Ikel decided she would order us pizza and then we started talking to her about the church. She opened up so much! In the first place, she couldn't believe that we were willing to walk back and forth in the bad weather to get all her crap to the other apartment. She was amazed that someone would actually help her with no cost at all. She said, "your church must be good if you are willing to serve random strangers!" So we taught her the restoration and she was super curious so that's good! We should be seeing her again this week for more service and a lesson so keep her in your prayers as well.
We also saw Cara this week again! She is awesome! One of her doctors tried to scare her away from talking to us but she said it made her even more interested in our beliefs. Cool how those things sometimes work out. So we taught her a little bit more about the restoration. Its hard to have a good peaceful lesson with her because she has three jumpy kids. They are so cute but can be very naughty. So she responded very well and we are planning to see her again next week! I hope that she really listens because this is what she needs in her life! I don't know how she does it with all the crazy things in her life. She looks like she is 18 and she has 3 kids to take care of all by herself. She is another one to keep in your prayers. Dang y'all are going to have to start a list of all these people to pray for!
Oh we had a pretty rough day earlier this week. Two of our investigators basically dropped us. First Lynn, an older women who is a heavy smoker and is kinda nuts, she basically told us that she was too busy. Plus the Jehovah Witnesses have been teaching her as well so that has been complete chaos! She said we should come back every once in a while though. We gave her a general conference CD and told her to listen to it on her long drives she has ll the time because of work. She got super excited about it so maybe that will hit the spot and she will be more interested in learning more in the future. Welllllll then after we saw Lynn we went to see our investigator Jessica. She has been so busy as well (supposedly) so we haven't seen her that often. But she basically she half dropped us. She said she feels that God is taking her in a different path and thinks Mormonism is so totally different from everything else. She says she loves the values but doesn't believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. AHHHH!!! So sad! I just want people to see the truth!!! She did say that she hasn't put enough effort into everything though, so she is going to give it another chance to see. So hopefully she actually keeps her word. The next lesson will basically determine everything though. Ahhh! She is another one for the prayer list.
We also saw Julia this week and it looks like she still is going to have to wait a while until she can get re baptized. Its so hard because she gets really down after these meetings with the council, that she just wants to give up! She regrets so much her past sins so she sometimes seems to dig herself in whole :( We have been helping her keep her hopes up though. She has been attending church every week for years now and has had a huge life change so it wont be too long until she can get baptized. I just hope that her faith can old her to that point and from their forward. She is a dang strong women though. I have never heard of a crazier life story then Julia's.
Last exciting thing that happened his week. I got to give a talk in church this Sunday about my earthly dad and my Heavenly dad and that was so cool! It was really hard because it made me a tad bit homesick, but it also made me grateful for the goodly parents I have been given. Heck, I have been spoiled to death! I love my Papas!!!! Happy Father's Day dad!!!!!!
Well I will talk to y'all next week. This next week is going to be crazy because we are getting a new mission president! Oh man am I nervous! Especially because I am now an STL so I will be one of the first missionaries he meets and works with. Plus I wont have Sister Stone anymore so its going to be crazy!!!!! BUTTTTTT the church is true and Heavenly Father loves is so huge and He is going to help me with all of it! So all is well!!!!
I love y'all so much!!!!!!! Its so good to hear from y'all each week and man oh man do I miss the Fam bam! Don't have too much fun with out my okay?!?! I LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!
Sister Katie Call