Phyllis has disappeared it seems! We haven’t been able to get a hold of her! We hope she is enjoying her time with her mom but know how crucial it is that she continues to read the scriptures and pray, and come to church! It’s been a few weeks already and I hope that isn’t going to have too much of an impact on her!
Joshua is just awesome. He did family history with a couple in our ward and him and his brother (also a RC) found a BUNCH of their family! Awesome! We had to wait until this week to go to the temple with him so hopefully we will be going this week.
The O’s are just awesome. I feel like we are just throwing everything at them and they all have that deer in the headlights look. But they are so faithful. The boys are just so cute. We stopped by to check up on something and asked them if they were reading the Book of Mormon. The youngest asked which book that was and I tried to explain that there was a children’s Book of Mormon with pictures that we had given them. They ran and grabbed the bible and brought it over, I told them that wasn’t it. They brought the RS manual over and I told them that wasn’t it. They brought their true to the faith over, and I told them that wasn’t it. They brought every single book over we had given to them and asked if that was it, and Sister Heaps and I just laughed and laughed. I think we gave them too many books. But finally the last one they brought over was the Book of Mormon for kids and we explained it to him and he said he would read it. When we went over the next time, he had read Josephs story and he basically taught us about the first vision. They are a cute family and progressing very well. Their baptismal date is Aug. 30th but we may push it back so the oldest son can be ready with them. He has been out of town this whole time and he comes back in two weeks.
We are teaching many people who are prepared and just soaking up the gospel. We just taught the restoration to a cute family from Trinidad. Cindy and Lary and their two kids who are 6 and 2. He is so open to learning more. He has Hindu background and christian. I guess Trinidad is very open to many religions, like Ghana. The wife has been taught by missionaries before in Trinidad.
The biggest miracle happened yesterday.
At church we were sitting with the O family and I looked behind us to see if anyone else we were expecting had showed up. There was an African American family sitting in the back and I got really excited. I tapped on Sister Heaps shoulder and asked who they were and if they may be a new family in the ward. She nearly jumped out of her seat! It was Brandi and her family! Sister Heaps and Davis taught her before I got put in the area. Brandi was a golden investigator and progressing really well when she suddenly just disappeared from off the face of the earth. She wouldn’t answer texts or call. She was never home or too busy to come to the door when we tried by. We even brought treats over and we could not catch her! So I hadn’t met her until yesterday, meaning that it has been two months since we’ve seen her. And then she’s just suddenly at church!!! MIRACLE. She told us she has been extremely swamped at work and with planning their wedding (going to be getting married soon) and got a new phone. She is really eager to start the lessons up again and get baptized. Her fiance is LDS and has had such a great impact on her life. So cool huh?!
SISTER HEAPS IS OUR NEW SISTER TRAINING LEADER!!! She is going to be so awesome. This means that I will be doing exchanges almost every week! I’m excited to see how other missionaries work and what their areas are like.
She is going to have many meetings too. I think that is going to be a good and bad thing. Our area is strong and can take it. We will definitely lose tracting and finding time but it will all work out. The bad thing is that we have so many appointments all the time so we are going to have to be pro at scheduling and working things out.
I am feeling better this week, the sickness lasted pretty long, probably because of lack of time to rest, but I’m all better and learned a lot about losing myself in the work!
One goal Sister Heaps and I have been working on is being REAL with people. Sometimes we go into a lesson, and just teach the lesson. I feel like a robot because we say the same thing all day every day, BUT when you involve the people and really get to know them and apply what we are sharing in their own personal lives, it becomes so much more real! I have seen night and day difference in lessons. Sincerity is so important!
Read Elder Hollands talk, Cast Not Away Therefore Thy Confidence. I think that is the title. It’s really good and I feel like I needed that this week. D&C 6:36 too. It’s so simple but so hard to consistently apply!