Our investigators Mary and Karen are progressing. We taught Mary the Plan of Salvation and she was literally speechless. She studies religion and the Bible and all sorts of stuff and the "premortal life" never even crossed her mind. She had never thought about what happened before this life, just about after this life. Our prayers had been answered cause she wasn't even half as chatty as she normally is and is really thinking about the things we are teaching her. Its so neat!!! Karen is doing great as well! So last week when I saw her, i asked her is she would pray before we left...she quickly turned it down and wasn't too happy about it. I was worried that if she wouldn't even pray, what would make her even consider doing anything else like reading The Book of Mormon. So I was praying a lot about that. Anyway, this week we stopped by her house and she was running to a doctors appointment. So then she asked us to help her over to her car because of all the ice. As we were walking she asked if we could say a prayer with her. First I was so excited, because i know she sees a difference in her life when we pray. She iss overall so much happier than when we first found her. Anyway, I said,"okay, well should i say the prayer?" and then she quickly responded with a sort of harsh "no!". So then I was like oh...., alrighty then, I guess she wants Sister Burns to do it. Then there was a long pause in the conversation. She then said, " I want to say the prayer." I literally died with happiness inside!!!! She then said the sweetest prayer. As we were walking to her car and I started to tear up, it was so great. The spirit was so incredibly strong! She thanked Heavenly Father for sending us and that she so much more hope now in life. AHHH It was just so great! We ended up setting up a return appointment for next week so then we will really start getting into the lessons. Pray for them okay???
One last quick story that will really comfort you Mom and Dad. Jokes. It's kinda scary. Okay, so we were shoveling Mary's driveway this week and her neighbor came out and asked us if we would help him finish his driveway. His name is Bob and seemed like this sweet, little innocent old man. Anyway, so we helped him out and he was talking to us about his church and how he served some mission where he went to build a church in Africa. So he was cool. We told him about the visitors' center and told him to come watch "Meet the Mormons" and take a tour at the sites. He said he knew a lot about Joseph smith and all sorts of stuff and didn't seem that interested in going. So then we finished shoveling and told him goodbye and left. Yesterday. at the visitors' center. around 8pm, he comes into the VC and starts asking people, "Where is Sister Call?" And the other sisters are like.... oh we will call her down for you. He says, "Is she upstairs? I'll go upstairs." and then he starts to walk to super fast to the stairs. One of the sisters had a bad feeling about him and called over one of the senior Elders to stop him from going upstairs. He stops him and tells him to wait, so Bob agrees and pretends like he is going to wait. The Elder turned his back for a second and Bob ran up the stairs. In the meantime, I was paged to come down to see him. So Sister Burns and I are at the top of the stairs when he comes up. So then we greet him not thinking anything was too weird or wrong. He starts to be super creepy and wants a hug but we tell him the rules. He starts joking around and being super weird and says stuff like, "does the handbook say no butterfly kisses?" and we are both freaking out and backing up staying away from him. Luckily there is a balcony and Sister Mueller, a senior Sister, hears him and runs upstairs. Then he stops being as creepy and we tell him we have to get back to work and he needs to leave. Ah... I got the heebie-geebies! So in the beginning of our conversation with him, i invited him to start taking the lessons. He agreed and sounded interested. Now that we are completely creeped out, we will be sending the Elders over to see if he still would be interested in the lessons. I guessing he won't be. The scary part is he is neighbors with Mary so we don't know what to do to avoid him. Anyway, pray for Bob that he will stop being creepy and that we won't have anymore problems with him. I just hope he doesn't come back to the VC.
The Church is true! The mission is hard but it is worth every second! I honestly think about my decision to go on a mission all the time and am so grateful i made the choice to go. I didn't realize how crazy it was to just go on a mission 'til i got here. I mean i could have gone to some crazy foreign country. I am so blessed and I know that Heavenly Father has me where i am suppose to be, with who i am suppose to be with, and when i am suppose to be there. God has a plan and we just have to have faith that everything will work out. Trust in Him and follow the path He has provided for us to get home safely!
Love y'all sooo much!