Wow what a great week we have been blessed to have. Monday we had dinner and a lesson with our recent convert Amina, her son, a less active sister who lives with her and her two boys who we are trying to teach but their mother is kind of stopping their progress. We had a great lesson at a fantastic members house and the boys and their mother came. It was such a blessing. We had a great discussion on the plan of Salvation. Sister S and I made a giant board game almost of the plan of salvation and talked about each part. The members children asked really great questions, and so did the nonmember boys. It was a wonderful lesson!
Tuesday we taught the Young Womens. It was wonderful. We had one group ask questions that they get asked at school about what they believe, and role play what they could say, and the other group role played a training we got at zone conference about introducing the book of mormon using the pictures in the front (Which is a great idea by the way. Ya'll should try it!!) It was wonderful and we got a lot of good feedback. I really really believe the Youth have the most prepared friends for the gospel and we want to work with them.
Wednesday we were out tracting and we met a great lady named Melanie and her daughter. She let us RIGHT IN (I was shocked, that has only happened maybe a handful of times. Ever.) She's in her 30's and her daughter is about 13. They let us right in to share a message about Christ. They are from Brazil (MIKE!) and they have moved a lot around the country and haven't stayed in a place long enough to find a church. We had a wonderful lesson, she was really interested in what we had to say. She said she would read the Book of Mormon. We had a return appointment, which she had to miss.. and she called and said her husband isn't really a fan of her learning about this.. pray we'll be able to get into contact with her again! That night we went back to meet the guy we were afraid just wanted to bash with us ( we met them knocking on doors last week) and his wife. It ended up being a wonderful lesson because we brought the right members with us. The member we brought had the same questions he had when he was investigating (alot about the Godhead, and the Book of Mormon) and was able to answer his questions. It was wonderful to have a member testify and I know that that is what makes the difference in lessons!!!! Members are the fellow-shippers, and can actually be a friend to be there when we are not. His wife was really interested to and was really getting it and helped her husband understand. She was quiet, but she was interested. We are going to see them again on Wednesday with the same member. Woot! We also met a less active lady who was basically just too lazy to come to church. Ah. BUT we are studying Charity in our Christlike attributes study as a mission this week so I was able to exercise charity towards her :) She is wonderful, and wants to come back. We'll help her.
Thursday was interviews with President craven. He gave a great talk about raising our vision. The train has left the station, the hastening is happening and we need to be on board. More people than ever are ready RIGHT NOW. He talked about how one of the presidents of the 70 came to talk to him and said when they presented as a southern area to Elder Perry about what their goals were for the south Elder Perry said they didn't get it, and they needed to get on board with the hastening! Wow! We need to really have a vision of how broad this hastening is. SO many people are ready NOW. President shared a scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants about how the LORD will soften people's hearts, and prepare them. NOT US. So do we have Faith that the Lord can do that? Again, it's nothing that we are doing, it's him. We need to have faith in his word that HE is hastening His work. Not the missionaries or the members. Had a quick interview with President because he was running behind, but he asked me about school and made sure I was ready to go for fall and was on top of class registration and housing and things like that. And I am. He said he doesn't let anyone go home until they have a plan.
Friday was Zone Meeting. A really great training from our Zone Leaders. Then we had lunch with most of the zone. That's always fun. We had dinner and a lesson with a great recent convert who was baptized right before I got here. she's on fire. Love her. Tonight we were walking around talking to people in little Downtown Waxhaw. It was somehow the 125th anniversary of the town. So there was a celebration with cake and stuff. It was fun. We talked to a guy dressed up as Andrew Jackson (he was born here apparently) and he was telling us all about how he had been to Salt Lake on a business trip. WE think he was just trying to not get us to talk to people at the party though :)
Saturday was a "car fast day" which means in the mission we don't use our cars on Saturdays any more.. it was great though because the weather was good. We talked to one lady and taught her on her porch, we have an appointment to go back tonight, and we talked to a former investigator we found in the area book who set an appointment for when his wife was home. how great! And there was a way fun Ward Activity at night. It was a games night, and pig roast. A few people brought nonmember friends or family, and one of our recent converts brought her nonmember mom and grandma to the activity, and then to church! WOW!! So great :) :) Hope we can start teaching them soon, but they looked a little overwhelmed. Might take some time.
Yesterday was Ward Conference, so all of the Stake people were at our church. The Stake President gave a great talk. He talked about how missionaries and members need to work together. He said Elder Perry (who had a conference call with all 7 stake presidents in our mission and president craven) said that the missionaries need to teach people like YOU. ( our stake presidents who are all successful business men) but the only people they can find on their own are the really humble people. Who are a great asset to the church, but we need leadership like you. The only way they can get into those homes are through YOU and we need to work together. SO TRUE.
Decima (who was baptized a few weeks ago) came to sacrament but her little boy hit his head on the car on the way in and it was bleeding and she had to take him home. BUT we went with her home teachers to see her after church. Her husband who is int he military, works ALOT. He is home only a few weeks out of the whole year. But she has been talking with him through this whole process (he was against it at first) BUT she says he wants to learn, come to church, and is considering it. WOW! What a miracle. She was so happy. She knows the gospel has blessed her life so much. The Home Teachers offered to help her with her yard with the Young Men. A Mom with 2 kids, home by her self most of the time. She says she always does it by herself, and was so amazed someone would want to help for free. I have such a strong testimony of home and visiting teachers :) :)
I know the Gospel is true. I know that this is His work. Have a great week and share the gospel with someone!
Also our Christlike attribute we are studying this week is virtue. Study it and let me know what you learn!
Going up to the church now to play games, I'll email pictures from there :)