Yet another week in the Ohio Cleveland mission! This week has been pretty crazy! Sounds like mom already has an idea about our neat activity we had this last week called social media splits. (excellent stalking skills mom. I applaud you)
So basically we had members do everything with us and take pictures and videos of the things we did. They then posted them all on facebook, instagram, and all those other social media things that you people do. Then we asked those people to tag those posts with things like #adayinthelifeofamissionary (longest hashtag ever) and #clevelandldsmissionaries and #socialmediasplits. I am pretty sure we told some of our members the wrong hashtags so it didn't work out like planned, but we figured it out before it was too late so some of them worked out.
(If you're curious seacrh those hashtags and we accidentally had some posted with I think #dayinthelifeofamissionary and #clevelandldsmission . Whoops. So close right? But there is my adhd for ya)
Otherwise, it was quite the day. Mostly just crazy. Especially because everything was canceling last minute. But in the end it all worked out. In particular we had miracles with our investigator Karen. We had been afraid to bring a member with us to see her because she was already skeptical of having us over teaching her, but with social media splits, we felt this was the time to introduce her to one of the ward members. The member who we originally planned to bring with us had to cancel the day before so we were super worried about whom to bring. The spirit prompted both Sister Adame and I immediately that we should have Sister Day come with us instead. So we called up Sister Day and she was available for this last minute switch up. She ended up being the perfect member to come with us for the lesson! We were talking about the Book of Mormon and Sister Day shared the most incredible testimony of how the Book of Mormon influenced her life. Karen is not one to show her emotions, but I saw a tear come down her face! Karen also has had lots of doubts about prophets and we have been trying to get her to watch the Restoration DVD. But right after Sister Day shared that testimony, Karen said, "I am going to watch that DVD tonight!" The spirit was so strong that Karen said she didn't want us to leave. In fact she invited us all to move in to her house so that she could have that same feeling that she felt all the time. Its just beyond incredible to see this change in Karen first hand. I can see and feel Heavenly Fathers love for her as we continue to help Karen come closer to her Heavenly Father. I just love knowing that He truly cares for each and everyone of His children. Before my mission I questioned that a bit but I know that I can never question that again. His love is immeasurable and it empowers me to work harder so that more of His children can feel and embrace that love. Missions are the best! And despite how difficult they can be, its all worth it. Every minute! Karen has not committed to baptism yet, but I can feel its in the near future. I probably won't be able to be there, but man I sure hope she gets baptized more then anything. She deserves the truth and the joy that the Gospel provides.
I am probably now spending my last couple of weeks with Sister Adame since I have now been in the same area my first 6 months of my mission. But man, let me tell you, Sister Adame is a beast and I am pretty sure she came pre-trained. Mostly because she is perfect!. A little shy. But for the most part perfect.
Ah crazy thing, Sister Adame and I took a Spanish tour the other day at the visitors center. It was way cool because I could understand almost everything, but then also kinda sad because I couldn't really say much the whole tour. But Sister Adame is going to teach me how to do the tour in Spanish before I leave so that's going to be way cool.
Missions are the craziest! Everyday I just think about how crazy it is that a bunch of teenagers and young adults leave their lives for a 18months or 2 years to go to some random place and to talk to a bunch of strangers! Who does that?!? Haha and then when we tract I always think of elementary school and my teachers always telling us not to talk to strangers. Funny how that works out. But AHH my fellow missionary friends and I are doing the neatest thing! We get to wear Christ's name on us every day!!! We are representatives of Christ!!!! We get to share the greatest gift with everyone we possibly can!!! Sorry, I just get really excited. Its just that, we are so lucky to be serving and we are so incredibly lucky to have the fullness of the Gospel! Aren't missions the greatest!?!
Last thing, Connee and Chuck received their Book of Mormon and they loved it!!!!! Connee and Chuck have now been reading in it every day. I am pretty sure they weren't even reading the Book of Mormon until now. AHH so cool!!! Thanks fam for sending that. Also Dad, Connee just couldn't even stop telling us about how much she loved the letter you left in the book. AHH she was so excited and beyond happy! My family is the greatest!!!! Keep being awesome!!!!
Sister Katie Call