Yesterday especially was a great day for us! Matt and his family came to church, Evelyn and her mom came to church (for all three hours!), and Pamela and Chloe came to church for the first time, and even brought a friend with them! We had a church tour with Pamela and Chloe a few days before, and it helped them out a lot. They were really comfortable at church, and especially loved the gospel principles class because Brother Prescott is the best teacher ever and can literally demand your fascination. Also, because Evelyn's mom came with her to all three hours of church, Evelyn is set to get baptized next week! We had it scheduled for this weekend, but her main fellowshipping family wouldn't be able to go so we moved it back one week.
For about a week, we've also been teaching this sweet old lady that we tracted into named Laurette. She's from the south, and she talks like it. She's also discovered a love for family history. Even though it's kinda like watching a dog try to make a phone call, she gets around online- she's just super slow. When we knocked on her door, we just felt like we should introduce her to Family Search, and we have had 3 lessons in just a week, and half of her family tree is filled out. It is so fun to help someone start their family history. We feel like detectives, and it's way more fun than we thought it would be. It's also been cool to see how it's over taken her other interests. When we show up for a lesson, she has it pulled up with a bunch of questions about what to do. Usually, the answer involves just clicking and dragging to see the rest of her family tree. "Now, how do I see my grandparents?!" "Just click and drag, Laurette." She gave us ice cream yesterday, so she's pretty much our adopted grandmother.
We went on three exchanges this week, and they all came down to Yakima for each. Moment from each exchange:
Elder Aguilar: Taught Laurette for the first time and almost got destroyed by a boiling hot hashbrown casserole that an old member of our ward dropped on the table. It almost flipped onto our laps, but the angels were with us.
Elder Cannon: We found SO many people to teach, had a blast talking about how we're going to bike from Washington to California after the mission, and made some of the best pulled pork on the planet with our new slow-cooker. Seriously changed my life.
Elder Poloncic: Reunited with my last companion! Taught a less-active and his GF for the first time, both of them loved it. We also just loved the warm sun and different people we talked to.
That was the week! New people are coming from every direction. I seriously know that God is preparing people everywhere, he just needs us to find them.
|Watering dirt is going to be so worth it.|
Peace and blessings,
Tuesday, June 13, Mission Leadership Conference Pics courtesy of Sister Lewis:
|Sunday Transfer "initial" planning.|
|President and Sister Lewis|