A great week has flown by yet again! It has been awesome and i've learned so much. We are teaching a lot of people and finding a lot of people and are just working hard on getting them to progress and come to church! its a constant struggle. Haha but they will get there :) We had an awesome experience this past week with one of our new investigators named Crissy. We tracted into her a couple weeks ago and she didnt seem super interested but she set up a return appt. anyway... so we got to go back this week and she is so awesome!! She told us that when we knocked on her door a couple weeks ago that it was the perfect time and that this is exactly what she has been looking for. She has been a part of a couple different churches but said that she never felt like she was truly at home. AND... she even tried to order a book of mormon a while ago from a tv commercial she saw but nobody ever brought her one. I guess you could say we were pretty stoked for her to finally have one. She is so excited to read it and find out for herself. She has been going through a really rough time lately and has a lot going on and she actually works with a member and she told the member that we knocked on her door and the member said if anything was going to help... that it would be to meet with us. She is so accepting of everything and she just kept saying that it felt right and that it was what she needed to do. Ah i loved it. It is just so awesome cuz we had an appointment fall through the day we knocked on her door and we just felt like we should tract her street. It was all the spirit. The spirit is real! :) She has agreed to be baptized and i'm so pumped for her.!
Also, this week as we were cruising around on our bikes.... we were headed to see an investigator but as we passed a street that a member lived on we both felt like we needed to go see them. We found them outside looking for some jumper cables so we told them we would go find them some (they were a little hesitant to knock on their neighbors door and ask... and since we knock on random doors all the time we thought we could do the dirty work for them haha) Anyway, we found some and took them back but turns out they didnt need the cables... another neighbor did so we went over to take them to who needed it and were able to help her and her family out with their car but the coolest part about this really random story is that the little girl who lived there who is like 8 kept telling us that her old babysitter taught her about God all the timea and that she wants to know more about him. The mom was a little hesitant of having us help them but that little girls desire to learn more softened her moms heart and we got their number and will hopefully be able to teach them sometime :)
I heard a great quote this week that a swimmer once said "I kick when i dont want to kick, and i stroke when i dont want to stroke" i love that cuz i think a lot of times in life we have to go through things that we dont necessarily want to or things that are very hard for us but we do them anyway and we get through it. But what i learned this week is that it is easier to do it and get through those things with heavenly father on our side and by humbling ourselves enough to let him in and help us. It isnt always easy but i know that if we are always doing our best to remember him and our savior and his atoning sacrifice that we will be able to watch heavenly father carry us through things that we never thought possible. Each week we renew our baptismal covenants of "always remembering him" and as we do so we will "have his spirit to be with us" i know that if we each strive a little hard to always remember him that our hearts will be softened and our burdents will be made lighter because we are turning to the savior and relying on him. He didnt die and sacrifice for us for nothing. He did all that he did so that we could experience the joy that the atonement has to offer and to also be able to experience help and strength during the hard times.
I cant believe that a year ago the historic announcement was made of lowering the age for missionary service. I will forever be grateful for that announcement and will never forget that day when my world was flipped upside down. I wouldnt trade any of the experiences, good and bad for anything in the world since i've been out here on my mission. Idk where i would be or what i would be doing if i werent out here but i know that i wouldnt be nearly as happy or learning as much as i am now. I am so grateful to be here serving the lord. I'm so grateful to be able to be wrapped up in this gospel constantly for 18 whole months. I know that i am here in virginia for a reason and i know that announcement was made when it was for a reason. i know that this church is true, i know that president monson is a prophet of god and that he receives revelation to lead and guide this church to help the work move forward. I will forever be grateful to be a part of that work! Have a great week! XOXO