|Today in the office.|
I swear I was sitting at this computer emailing yesterday. The hotter it gets, the faster time flies!
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Ours was pretty simple. We had our MLC that day, so most of our day was spent in the mission home. It was a great MLC, and a sad one. A lot of my mission friends are leaving this transfer, and so watching them give their departing testimonies gave me a wee bit of anxiety -- Both because they are irreplaceable and because I might be up there someday. After MLC, we had a barbecue with some of the members from our ward, and then we had to be in at 6. Pros: Elder King and I spent the rest of the night cleaning our apartment and now it is sparkling. We also had some pretty deep conversations about everything, including Elder King showing me a mathematical proof that proves that 1+2+3+4... Forever equals -1/12. Cons: We didn't see a single firework this year. I love explosions. But I can wait.
Our week was spent deep in the streets of our area. We even chose to ride bikes all day on one of the days (even though we have a vehicle) because we knew we could talk to more people and because we knew that it would feel delightful to work some of those fried Oreos off. We had to ride a long way to get to our area, but we saw the hand of the Lord in our work almost instantly! We were riding through down-town Yakima on our way home for lunch when a man walked out of an apartment complex and said "Elders! Would you like to meet a member in your ward who isn't on the records?" We jumped off our bikes, and this man (a member from a neighboring ward) told us that he had just been talking to an older man named Charles who wants to start coming back to church. The member asked if he would like to meet with missionaries, and he said yes. When he left the complex, he saw us riding home and so he stopped us and brought us to him right there! Charles looked like he was about to fall over. It is incredible how God sets everything up! It's kinda like one big choreographed dance that everyone knows, but they don't know that they know. Like High School Musical maybe? I'm rambling. Basically, missionary work is High School Musical.
On another day, we were stopped three times as we were just walking back to our truck by people that wanted to talk to us. Two of them were people that have met with missionaries before, so we referred them to the missionaries that cover their area. The other was Carolina, a woman that we taught a few months ago. Her family is doing well, and they still have SOO much potential, but they have been really busy and her husband, Hector, works nights. But I got to see my little buddy Milo again (their 2 year old) and he showed me his toys, so everything is good.
Matt and Sarah gave us a wedding invitation this week! They are doing really well, and are currently working on the Word of Wisdom. They are committed, though. They will have no problem. Laurette still loves us coming over to show us family history, but she is a little hesitant when it comes to coming to church. We are going to introduce her to a recent convert in our ward, Sister Ferris, who was baptized after being introduced to family history and we think it will make things easier for her.
It's been a great week of missionary work. We are finding and teaching, and loving every second of it! This is definitely the Lord's work. I know that it wouldn't work the way it does -- and that we wouldn't feel the way we feel -- if it wasn't.
Love you all!
Peace and blessings,
|Fried Oreos...we only ate one this time.|
|The sisters showed up with some left over food from a wedding....|
|At Matt's house reppin' the bikes (ft. half-naked Curtis)|