What a great week!
This week was a really good one. We saw lots of miracles. We were looking for a couple of former investigators that were in our area book, one of which was a family with over-aged youth. When we stopped by the house, a man named Victor was outside. We utilized some of the conversation skills we had practiced in a zone-training just the day before (yes, missionaries need practice with how to start a conversation. We are that awkward.) and ended up talking about the restored gospel and Book of Mormon. Then, this man did something that I've never had anyone do in my 5 1/2 months of being a missionary--he asked for a pamphlet. Usually we give materials like Book of Mormons and pamphlets to people, and many times they never look at it, and sometimes they won't even take one. But nobody has ever asked us for one. So we excitedly gave him a restoration pamphlet and a Book of Mormon, and he agreed to have us come back and talk to him about it. Yayyy!
We also had some fantastic lessons this week. We taught the Crafts (girl who competes in dog shows) about the plan of salvation and they were asking so many questions and we were all getting really into it. Hearing this teenage girl talk about her experience was really moving. She explained how she was starting to doubt and question the existence of a God, but then we we came and starting talking to her, and now she really likes the idea of God and Christ and a plan of salvation, and that is making her a lot happier. Hearing that just made my heart soar.
Another lesson is one we had yesterday with the Johns family, who are a part-member couple with a blended family. I was a bit anxious about this lesson before hand because it was on the word of wisdom and law of chastity, and we know that they have some coffee habits. But both of them were totally willing to stop drinking it--even committing to quit cold turkey--and their motivation is to make it to the temple someday. My friends, this family is amazingly on fire. What dedication!
That is what this work is all about. And it's feelings and lessons like these that makes it all worth it.
We had a pretty normal valentines day, the only difference was that we made these cute little valentines for people. Just little hearts cut out with a scripture about God's love for us on it. Gave it to as many people we saw that day, which wasn't very much, considering everyone was out and about with their sweethearts. ick.
I got letters and valentines this week, and I send a huge thank you for all the love that was sent to me this week! Love all of you and hope you had as great a week as we did!