Wow, what an incredible week. So much joy, and gratitude, and happiness, and tears of all of the above. I am so grateful to have received the beautiful news that sweet Rory was born. i can't imagine the joy you all felt being in her presence, but thank you SO much for sending me pictures and allowing me to see her and feel the sweet spirit all the way over here. I have to admit that I cry just about every time I look at her. She's beautiful. And yes, Mom, I will indeed spoil that baby. :) (Not for blog: Does this make Jesse "Uncle Nana"? Or "Uncle Buddy"? hahaha)
I'm sending a little something your way for her, it's not perfect, but I tried to be creative haha. A lot of love went into it though!
This week was pretty good! There were definitely some obstacles, and heartbreaking, but you know, God is good. And Rory came just in time. :)
A couple of experiences:
This week, two of our investigators dropped us. Marion, who was a new, and we were vey sad about that, because it was a miracle that we found her, and then... Rod. :/ It was like a mutual drop though. We read D&Cwith him, (the requirements for baptism) with him, and asked what he thought he had accomplished so far out of those. He then opened up to us and told us that he didn't want to deceive us, and that it really just came down to the fact that he didn't want to give up his lifestyle and habits. He knows it's true and that God wants him to be baptized, but it is just so hard, and he has been the way he is for this long, and doesn't want to be held accountable for the things he is doing, that he would be if he were baptized. We were very upset about that one, and did not expect it at all. We really felt like he was going to do it. But the weird thing is... He still came to church... and for the first time at the new building... I have to say that was a little awkward. But anyway.
So along with these hard experiences, God showed us tender mercies.
We have been praying for new investigators this week, as our teaching pool has become a little slim. And once Jayda will be baptized, we will be even slimmer! Jayda is still being baptizedevening, and we FINALLY found a church building! So many blessings there. But anyway, so after Marion dropped us, we went to go talk to a woman in our ward about our investigator Diane (who is doing wonderfully by the way, and she came to church again and loved the Primary Program), and on the way, we saw her next door neighbor. He has one of those huge blow-up decorations that you put outside for Halloween or Christmas, and it had fallen down. It refused to stand back up. He just came home from work and went to tie the posts down again, and we were like, let's go help him or talk to him. So we did. And we asked if he could help, or if "he was pulling weeds" and he said no, he was just trying to put the thing back up. We offered to come back another time to help him pull weeds. Then we asked if he was religious at all. He said that he wasn't really, but his wife was, and he asked us if we were Jehovah's Witnesses. We said, no, and told him we were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And asked if we could come back and talk to his wife, if she would be interested. His name was Matt, and he told us we could come back, and what times work best. :) Wow. Awesome!
Then we tried some less-actives who were not home. So we tried a house that missionaries had knocked in the past. We went to follow up with a lady named Lauren who accepted a Book of Mormon. Her husband, a young army man, had also just come home from work and answered the door. He was very nice to us, and said she wasn't home, but that they had actually been thinking about going back to church. He told us to come back when his wife was home, because she might be interested in meeting with us. What? So amazing. God prepares people. We will be praying that these people are prepared and ready to receive the Gospel! :)
Also, a less active who we've been meeting with who has not been to church in forever finally came out of the blue, and has been the past two weeks. We've also been praying for a reactivation this month, as part of the #FTF Challenge, which we have about two more weeks left. (1 baptism and 1 reactivation this transfer/first week of next transfer). And the one we thought it would be ended up not being reactivated, and here comes another woman who we didn't even think would anytime soon. The power of prayer is real!
One more week of the transfer. Can you believe it? I feel like I just got here. Wow... We get transfer calls. I'm not sure if Sister McCombie will stay, or what will happen. She's only been here one more transfer than I have. We will see!
Anyway, I love each of you so much, and keep you in my prayers always. Once again I am so grateful to have our newest addition to our family, she gets cuter and cuter with ever picture I see.
I hope you have a fantastic week!
Sorry, my pictures aren't as cute as Rory's are hahaha. That baby fits right in. I love her already :)
Found this little guy on our front porch!
Painting pumpkins for the trunk or treat fall festival! :)
Found this dress at Goodwill today. $5.00. Yep, I bought it. I figured it said "Sister Missionary" all over it.
Ignore my face fat. The chain mail pushed it all out..