I hate the Super Bowl.
Seriously. Church here ends at 1:30 and the Super Bowl started at 3:00, so we had an hour and a half window of time to visit our investigators before everyone shut down. We made sure that we visited Vermont, though, because it had been a while and he loves football the most. Yesterday was also the start of our 40 day fast, so we were pretty worn out. Our lesson with Vermont was still great. We finished teaching him about the restoration and why the Book of Mormon is important, but he still doesn't quite get it. So many people around here just accept whatever you tell them, without thinking of the implications it might have on their life. For example: Some of our investigators say the Book of Mormon is the word of God, yet aren't sure if we have a living prophet, if the priesthood is restored, etc. We also challenged Vermont to be baptized, but he told us that he already had as a child. We could have talked for ever about priesthood authority, but we had to save it for another day. No worries. He'll get there. :)
I should mention that the sun has been shining for a week now, something that I have not seen for 3 months. I've missed it so much. It feels like spring up in here!
We had an awesome lesson with Selena last week. Elder Folkman and I have been looking forward to it for a long time. We taught her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the spirit was strong. She also told us that she wanted to move her date up, but before we could propose the date we had been praying about, the member we brought with us hijacked the lesson and asked her to say a closing prayer. It was our fault, though. We should have told him what the plan was. He is still awesome. He showed up outside of Selena's house with a stack of Book of Mormons with his testimony in each one, telling us to give them out to whoever needs it. (Insert joke about having the best "dam" members in Washington here).
Last Tuesday, Elder Folkman and I roadtripped up to Keller and tracted the entire town/village with time to spare before dinner. It was sweet. Keller is the other reservation town, but it is way cooler than Nespelem. It's a beautiful area, and the people there are so nice. We OYM'd a lot of people, but we weren't getting into any houses. We were on the last house in town, and do you know what we got? Nothin'. So we decided to head back to our car, when a girl comes out and apologizes for not hearing us knock. Her name was Sequoia, and we taught her about the restoration. She was open to it all, and said that she would read and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was a testimony builder to me that sometimes you have to go until you literally cannot go any further, and then the Lord will bless you. He knows where the prepared are, and as long as we are trying our hardest, he will put them in our way.
I've been thinking a lot about God's timing this week. Probably because it was another off week for us. I have come to realize that Heavenly Father is the ultimate referral giver. Just like members are reluctant to give referrals to missionaries they don't trust, the Lord won't put people in our path if we aren't being the kinds of missionaries He can trust. That was the purpose of our 40 day fast, which is basically a period of 40 days where we give up things that we have been holding on to or things that may be distractions to us in order to become more consecrated, trustworthy missionaries. We started off with an actual fast on Saturday, and that is why my stomach was growling all throughout those lessons.
Today, Elder Folkman and I are headed over to Slouch's house to attempt lumpia, a type of Filipino/Polynesian egg roll. Dean gave both us and Slouch a package of rice paper and told us how to do it. Dean was originally going to help, but he is going into surgery today for his cancer, so we have to find another male to come with us. We are praying that all will go well and that he will recover quickly.
Keep praying for our investigators, and make sure to give thanks that football season is over! :)
From the best Coulee Dam Elder in Washington,
|My Zone, February 2016|