Another new Group of missionaries came in, and I got to take 2 sisters (Peel and Tanner) out contacting for their first time. They were full of SO much energy and were not afraid to go up to people and invite them to learn! You can learn a thing or two of faith from the greenies.They majority of our time this week was working with some recent converts who have been struggling to come to church. There is one lady we visit pretty often who is going through some really difficult things, but has a strong faith. We teach her hymns to help bring the spirit, and it is always a sweet experience.
|Saying goodbye to Soster McDonald.|
We had invited 6 of the recently baptized to come to church and only 1 came. That was a little disappointing. Sunday morning we decided to show up to one of their houses to help out with her kids, and make sure she came. We got to the station and the trains were not working that morning and then it started pouring rain. We debated whether or not we should bike to her house and get soaked and be potentially late to church.... Of course we decided that miracles never happen when we think of ourselves so we started biking! We got to her house, sweating, and dripping, and tried to encourage her to come, and even offered to help get her kids ready. Sadly, she was too tired, and would not agree to come. I am not going to lie, that might have been one of the most disappointing moments on my mission. It is SO hard to see someone who you love and see so much potential in, not make the right decision. So we biked to church, and showed up wet, and sad. BUT, the Lord provided, and we had an investigator show up who we had considered dropping if he didn’t show some more interest. We pray that people will progress and become converted to Jesus Christ, but if they don’t, we will continue in faith.On a lighter note, on Monday we found a random stack of old pictures in the dumpster by our house. They looked interesting, like they had a story behind them, so we grabbed then. After going through them and seeing the most random pictures, we came up with hilarious missionary life captions for all the pictures, and then gave them to Æ Smith for his birthday! We all laughed SO much. ANYTHING is funny when you are on a mission. We took a of video of me going thru the pictures so you can see :)
Some other Random Things...Old ladies on the street give us the 'PITY PAT'. Kind of like, “ oh sweetie, that is great you believe in God, whatever makes you happy”, then she pats you on the shoulder and walks away. That is when we REALLY have to exercise charity.
Also, people have the dumbest excuses. We asked this young man if we could come back and he hesitated and said, “we are moving in the morning...”
(his house was totally put together... -__-)Also, the latest trend going around the mission is when you are talking to someone on the phone, saying 'Hey guess what happened!' and then hanging up really fast. We’ve had it done so many times to us. Pretty much you just want to hang up before the other person does. I was thinking about how God guides the work, and here is a story that came to mind...
There was a man I contacted probably back in June, and we stopped by his house a few times, and then met his girlfriend, and taught them twice. The man was not interested and a typical Dane atheist, but his girlfriend believed a little. They are both going through a difficult time right now. The man’s name kept coming to mind, but I never stopped by because for some reason I felt really nervous. Finally after a few awkward attempts, we finally had an appointment with them and taught the plan of salvation. Eventually we stopped meeting with them because they admitted they were not really interested and did not want to read the Book of Mormon. A little while later, the girlfriend contacted us and said she would like to try coming to church! This is a true miracle to me. I know that the Lord guided me to this man a while back, and even though it took time and some digging, God knew that they needed the gospel. Now whether she accepts or not is probably a few years down the road, but God knew they needed help and guidance and it was by Divine Design they came into our path.
I have had a few more experiences like that, and it is a testimony to me that God really does guide our paths. Also I have learned, if you feel nervous about stopping by to talk to someone, it is probably the spirit nagging you to go do it!! They are waiting for the gospel!
Love, Soster Jones