Ay ho dee ho! (See Kid History)
So I read through my email last week and was mortified by how many autocorrect fails there were! Sorry about that, I'm usually alright with grammar and spelling. Pero, not this last time I guess. Congratulations to those of you who could actually understand what I was trying to say! Haha.
Well, this week was another week in paradise! (Vail?)
To give you a lo-down on what sort of people live in Vail, One of the wards pretty much all live in areas similar to what you would see around Grandma and Grandpa's house, except the roads should barely be called roads, and it's a little less organized haha. But there are still some incredible people that live there! The best word to describe the majority of the people in that ward is "redneck". That was actually given by the bishop, who named all of his children after guns. He's also hilarious, so it makes sense. He dubbed our ward mascot as a deer. But I'd say it's more like a goat.
Well I once again forgot my journal at home. :/ So sorry about that.
On Tuesday I had a Dr.'s appointment in Tucson, which is actually in my last area! So that was fun to be there. We also got to drive by the temple! And stop in the mission office and see the sweet senior couples, who then took us out to lunch at Kneaders (Which is super good, by the way), which was perfect, because the next day was my year mark :) We got Elder Anderson to take a selfie x)
On our way home, I went too far northeast, and so we went to a Circle K for a pit stop and so I could reroute my way home. While we were there, Sister mcCombie contacted the worker there, who was a cute girl named Breanna. She was extremely nice and talked to us about what was going on in her life, and how God has been her one source of strength. It was amazing, because we invited her to meet with us, or whoever the missionaries are in that area, and gave her our number. How cool!
On Wednesday, I went on exchanges with Sister Adams! She is amazing. (Not my trainer, but the other one). She also speaks Spanish. So we got to speak some together, and said all of our prayers in Spanish, too. :) And you know what's miraculous? That Circle K happened to be in those sisters' area. They have been searching hard for people to teach. And whataya know? My mistake of missing a turn, and Sister McCombie's ability to talk to anybody about the Gospel allowed us to meet someone who was prepared to hear the Gospel. We were on our way to try someone else, and I mentioned Bre. So she asked if I wanted to try Bre first, or the other family. I got the feeling to try to see Breanna at Circle K again. So we walked in, and she was there. She had JUST gotten to work, and remembered me from the previous day, and talked to me as though we had been friends before then! I introduced her to Sister Adams, and she gave us her number, and said Monday evenings work best. Hopefully they will meet with her tonight. :) Miracles happen! And God works with our weaknesses. "No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing". The Lord is hastening His work!
On Friday, we helped out with a Cub-O-Ree for the Cub Scouts. We helped teach a class about helping the boys understand and teach the Plan of Salvation. It was so fun to participate. We also got to see a couple of the other activities, like Static Electricity, Articles of Faith, and Etiquette. I learned how to create an electric charge and use it to move things without even touching it! (Almost like the force! Maybe that's how they did it!) And also I learned how to use static electricity to light up a light bulb. Pretty cool, huh?
We also had a lesson with Marion, a new investigator that the Sisters found on exchanges! Her story is miraculous too. Exchanges are inspired! And another lesson with Diane. Please pray for her, she is progressing so well, but Satan is trying so hard on her!
We met with Rod again. Rod has been struggling with the Word of Wisdom. He has been drinking coffee for about 50 years now. He knows he needs to be baptized, but is struggling with gaining a desire to give up coffee and be baptized. This last week, we went to go check up on him, but decided to make it a mini lesson. We sit outside with him. And we just listened with love, and he opened up to us. We asked him again, a couple weeks later, how he felt about giving up coffee and having less of it. In contrast to his last response, that it felt awful and he hated it, he said that he knew it would make him feel better, and he was feeling a little happier and content about it. He said he knew that God would be happy with him, and that he would feel better, and that he wouldn't have that guilty feeling anymore. We read a few scriptures with him about how the Holy Ghost changes our hearts, so that we no longer have a disposition to do evil, but to do good continually. We then asked him how much of his decaffeinated coffee he had left. (He had made the transition from caffeinated to decaffeinated, which is a big step in the process!) He said about 6 cups left. He had previously mentioned that he used to drink Ovaltine, and that it reminded him of his childhood. We asked him if he were to replace coffee with something, once he gave it up, what it would be. And he told us that he would switch to Ovaltine! So we challenged him, that at the end of or before the end of this can of coffee, to completely switch over to Ovaltine, which we would provide the first can. :) He said "Yes." And we were SO excited. He said, "That should be easy!" What? Yayyyy!!!!!
We had two investigators come to church yesterday. Jayda, and Alize, who has not come forever because her mom has "banned her from ever going again" due to one bad day. We brought a member to our lesson with them, and she boldly but lovingly invited her to church, and offered her a ride. Alize was beaming the whole time. :) And our whole day was brightened when we saw her at church.
I need your help! Would you mind praying for these people? Prayers are so powerful for people investigating the church! Thank you!!!
1. Rod- strength and faith to progress towards baptism
2. Diane- answers to her prayers, desire to be baptized
3. Jayda- That we will be able to find an open building and font that we can use for her baptism--Side note: There are approx. 6 baptisms happening for different sets of missionaries on the SAME DAY. And get this: It's the same night as everybody's trunk or treat. Our building does not have a font, her family is all nonmembers and have taken off work to be there at that time, and so many more fun things. It has been the most hectic and stressful baptism planning...
4. Marion- desire to learn about the restored Gospel
Thank you all so much!
I love you and pray for you daily! Have a great week!
Rod is the old guy. Hahahahahaha
The Show family :) I love them so much. Trey is 6 and he is hilarious.
I didn't take a year-mark picture, but here's a recent one!
Driving by the temple