NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
October 28, 2013 "Drop it like its hot!"
This week was tougher than others I guess you could say... It could have something to do with I Got sick on top of our investigators going MIA and a few of them dropping us. Well what can you do? Everyone has their Agency. As my brother once said... Gods greatest gift to mankind; a missionaries worst nightmare.... (pretty sure he put it better)But hey sis Foutz and I found something to laugh at everyday. Always goes better when you have a friend by your side! Speaking of which I have to tell you about the Tuna incident.
So there we were sitting down at a meal appointment and what is on our plates? A pile of Lettuce (Which I am not a huge fan of) and a large pile of Tuna... (which i Really am not a fan of.) Our member was in the kitchen cooking Tortillas and sis Foutz mouths to me "what are you going to do" I Shrug my shoulders beginning to muster the courage or gall to eat it... I see Sis Foutz close her eyes and offer a silent prayer and before I know it she is eating my Tuna right off my plate and then my Tuna is being scrapped onto sis Foutz plate and she is eating 4 times the normal amount anyone should eat of Tuna. That moment where I almost cried because of choked back laughter and gratitude for my Companion. She must really love me.
Second story of the week was our very Catholic investigator. We had been nervous to go back since our last incident where we thought she might be trying to convert us. We also hadn't heard from her in a while so we planned to just stop by and set up an appointment before we turned in for the night, but she insisted that we come in. We sat down and she began to tell us about the really hard times she has had in losing family members in these last recent weeks. We were able to testify of the Plan of Salvation and the Resurrection of the dead. She was very intrigued when we read to her Alma 40. We also came to find out she was in 1 Nephi 8 and had been reading and praying about it. We were able to ask her why she was reading in the Book of Mormon and she said she wanted to learn and would start there, but wasn't willing to commit to changing religions or anything, but I have no doubt she felt the spirit that night as we testified of the Plan of Salvation and the Book of Mormon. Her heart seemed to be more open and willing to listen. She asked us why we did this and what was our "recompensa?" and I felt my heart swell as told her why I wanted to serve a mission and what I get back from it. I do this everyday for 18 months so that I can help others feel what I have in my life- The true Joy of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want everyone to know what I know and seeing them repent and come unto Jesus Christ and find Joy is worth every door slam, every rude street contact, blisters, exhaustion, and tears. We met this crazy cat lady the other day who told us to stop annoying people because God was everywhere. To go find a boyfriend- go on a date and live a little. We hadn't even begun talking and all I asked was if we could help her with anything... I wasn't sad or defeated when we walked away. I truly just felt sad. Sad because she needs the Gospel in her life and she is just not willing to soften her heart. I often walk away from street Contacts feeling that what we said may be a seed of faith planted in their hearts, but I also cant help wonder how often my testimony will stand as a witness at judgment. I guess we wont know till then, but I pray everyday that God will lead us to those who are willing and prepared. I know they are out there. One walked into the VC 2 months ago. Sis Foutz and I had the opportunity to give him and his friends a tour. He grew up Catholic, but never felt anything there and had been praying for the truth and studying a lot. He walked into the VC 2 months ago and knew he was home. He was baptized and now is preparing to serve a mission.
I know they are out there. I hope all of you at home are feeling the missionary spirit and are praying for the Lord to give you opportunities to share the Gospel. They are everywhere even in Utah. I love you all! Thank you for the prayers and support!!