First off I want to share an accomplishment that I feel is noteworthy. I cleaned a hoarder's living room this week and it was probably the grossest thing I have ever done in my life. I think I still have cat hair crawling in my throat.
So before I continue with that story, my site days changed so our whole "science for the area" got thrown off and it has been super frustrating. You know how everyone has their own schedules and we have to work with that plus make time for everything else. Well yes, that was all thrown off, but we are figuring it all out. We had so many (what feels like a million) cancellations this week. Every hour we had to re-look at our schedule and figure out what was going to go down. But the Lord blessed us with opportunities and everything worked out. One of our back-ups was to go serve "M" our investigator, so we got the brave Sister Benally and her oldest daughter Ashley to come over and help. Oh man, I have never seen so much cat hair in my life. I don't think I will ever have a cat. eeeuwww. So that took us forever but M's heart has been and continues to be softened. She has been getting back to reading the Book of Mormon. She is starting to ask more serious questions that shows us that she's actually looking into the church. Its always been hard to see potential in her and we had been thinking about dropping her, but something didn't seem right. So we decided to give her a little more time and ended up having an amazing lesson about baptism last week and we know it stirred her up inside. After we had helped her clean, it looked like she was going to cry. She said no one had ever helped her as much as we had that day. We committed her to looking at some of the conference talks and continuing to read and pray about the Book of Mormon so we will see how that goes. She has had a hard and very confusing life, so I hope she will really pray to receive that clear assurance that the Church is true. Oh I love "M" and I hope we are doing the right things to help her come to the knowledge of the truth.
What else... We saw Karen twice this week. She has recently had some more personal struggles so she really wanted to see us this week. Both the lessons were sooooo good and she recognizes the spirit every time we are over. She says its the best feeling and that she really just never wants us to leave. We finally got The Book of Mormon in her hands and she was sooooo (unexpectedly) excited! I don't know why we didn't get on to her earlier. Karen is one of those people that we tend to be really cautious with because we don't want to lose her. I decided that was dumb and we have been super straight-forward with her ever since. When we gave her The Book of Mormon she said she was so curious to read it so we read with her the introduction. She wanted to keep going so badly but we had to leave for our next appointment. It was the best thing! We also have been singing hymns to her every time we come over. She is really warming up to the idea of prophets and we can see her getting baptized within the next month. So keep her in your prayers. Maybe even before I get transferred! That may be a little too much to ask for but miracles happen :)
Our less actives this week have also been doing really well. Sister "M" has been one we have really been working with. (I think working with less actives is my strength) She is the funniest women I have ever met. Before I thought she just joined the church for the social aspect but I was wrong. She left the church more because of the social aspect. She told us that when she got baptized that she thought she would never leave the church. But then some things in her life got in the way and she had lots of difficulties. So she craved going to one of those fun preachy "amen!" and Hallelujah" screaming churches as she described. She told us that she knew she needed to come back. But then acted like she was just going to "visit". She knows the church is true, its just a matter of getting her back and recognizing that spirit that she has been missing.
I will tell y'all a little about my Kirtland sites' investigators. Okay, so when we aren't touring, we are calling and such right. Well... I was on chat and I talked to this guy from the UK. By the way, his name is Jim. Okay, so Jim ran into the missionaries last week and has taken maybe 2 lessons with them. So he came onto Mormon.org and found chat and bam! this is where I came in. So he has a ton of questions and they were so good! I started answering all them and I could just tell he was golden. I invited him to be baptized and he didn't respond for the longest time. So then I waited and waited and then I got an answer of... yes, but I have to read The Book of Mormon first and know its true! It was so cool! I mean I didn't do anything but I know Heavenly Father was preparing Jim and I am so grateful that I get to help him learn and continue to grow. With chat you get lucky if you find someone that wants to listen and learn. Most people just come on to bother us or ask insanely hard, ridiculous questions. So to let you know how it works, when we do get someone who has real intent to learn, we get their information and then contact them about once a week to teach them over the phone and get them to continue working on those commitments that they get from their local missionaries. I mean I haven't talked to Jim very much, but I really see so much potential and I know Heavenly Father will get him where he needs to be.
I had many more miracles, but I have to leave really soon. We are going down to Middlefield with the Egings today to see the Amish :) Mostly to go to the cool little Amish stores :) Well it sound like my family has a lot going on anyway, so have a great week!!!! I love y'all soooo very much!!!!
Sister Katie Call