On Tuesday we did some tracting and it was so windy and there was dirt flying everywhere and it was super painful but we got to about 10 houses. At 4:00 we went and visited an investigator family and we invited them to be baptized but found out the mom is already a member just not active. The most horrible thing about this week is 7 appointments were cancelled so we had a lot of free time which I hate! But that night we got to teach Brad which always makes my day a little better. We got the whole family in on the lesson and they asked a lot of amazing questions.
Wednesday was pretty great. I got to start my day out with a great run, we had quite a few appointments and we did exchanges. It was really cool in our lesson with George he really noticed how much he has in common with Nephi and how he wants to use the Book of Mormon to help him get through his trials. Our lesson with Tyra was good, she still has not picked a baptism date but her grandma said that Trya has been telling her friends May 25 so hopefully she will tell us soon. We ate dinner at a members home and the 14 year old daughter and her dad could sing and play the guitar so they showed off and I am so glad they did. They were amazing! We then went to an auction a ward was having for a fundraiser for the youth. It was so cool to see a ward come together like that to support such a righteous cause. That night we stopped by the local grocery store and bought a cupcake because it was our land lady's birthday. she turned 87! She was so happy when we gave it to her because I guess no one else had gotten her cake for her birthday.
Thursday we had District Traning Meeting (DTM) and me and Sister Smith got to teach. We taught about the importance of getting to know your investigator so they can trust you and know why you are there. We also had interveiws with the Zone leaders and I talked to them a lot about how to keep progressing in our area. That afternoon we got to go to the family history center and do some research. I found out that one of our family tree lines goes all the way back to 150 BC. Thats like Book of Mormon times! I also found out I am very very distantly related to two of the Elders in our district! That night we had 3 amazing lessons and one of them is a new investigator. I love days like that!
Friday was our planning day and then we had a lesson with a recent convert. Dinner was fun because it was really warm out side and so we had a little picnic out in the back yard. We tried knocking on doors of less actives but we were not very successful.
Saturday was a fun day. We got up early and went and did service for one of our investigators. Their "yard" (hardly anyone has grass on anything out here) was full of garbage so we cleaned it up. We took 3 trailers full of junk to the junk yard. Then we went to breakfast as a district to a members house. When it was finally time to get back to work we taught the Plan of Salvation to Pam and it was so cool because she already knew so much! She recommitted to baptism. That night we met two of the most interesting women. The first one just moved here from Texas and she is such a hoot. The second one welcomed us in and then told us she was an ex-mormon and didn't really want anything to do with the church but we could come over when ever we wanted. We also went to one of the Bishops houses to discuss with him how to move the work forward in his ward. I can't believe we didn't think of meeting with the bishops earlier because it was super helpful!
Yesterday(Sunday) we got to attend 3 sacrament meetings and we got to hear some pretty amazing testimonies. After dinner we got to meet with this girl who is 14 and when we met her she told me, "I love the gospel, I know its what I need to do, I want to be baptized" I was shocked! But after our lesson I could tell she was definately ready. Its been a pretty good week, lots of trials to strengthen me and lots of blessings of being surrounded by great people. I love you and hope you are having fun!