Monday, March 15, 2010

Still undecided

From e-mail dated March 15, 2010.

So, I still don't know when I'm coming home. I really don't think I can come home in August and go immediately into work and school--I'd like to spend a little time with the family and have the chance to get back into work before the first day of NSO. But I'd also like to stay on my mission as long as possible. I'll be talking with President about it in interviews on Thursday.
One really neat experience this week is that we were in an area that’s a little far away for an appointment, so we decided to spend the whole day in the area. Well, the appointment didn’t go through-- so we just talked with people on the street the whole afternoon. We hadn’t had time to pack dinner, so we decided to go to a little snack bar and grab something to eat before heading to our appointment back in the middle of town. As we were standing in line, there was a family in front of us and the little 2 year old girl kept coming over to me to show her book to me and we would read together. We exchanged pleasantries with the parents, and as we were all waiting for our food they asked, "So, you are from a church?" We started talking to them about the church and they are really active in their own church, but were intrigued by our beliefs. At the end of the conversation, they weren’t quite ready to make an appointment because they are really happy with their church, but they told us that they really felt the spirit during our conversation and will be looking into the church a little more. Even though it didn’t lead to new investigators, it was fun to apply the principle of talking to everyone...
We also had quite the amount of bike problems this week. Zr. Reber's bike basically died. The tire blew up and her chain fell off all in the same day. We managed to still make it to all of our appointments riding achterop--although we were a half an hour late for them all. It was quite the day.
As far as Marvel—our baptismal date—goes-- well-- he went on vacation this week and we didn’t know he was going to be gone. His mom had said she was leaving for a couple of days-- but she made it sound like they were only going to miss one appointment—and we haven’t seen them or been able to reach them on the telephone since-- hopefully they will come back soon—his baptism is supposed to be Sunday, which is still possible, and the ward is still willing-- but it’s going to be quite the crunch.
We do have this AMAZING investigator named Jordana though--she's super. She's the one who came with us to Kim's baptism. There's one big problem though-- she works on Sundays and can never come to church. PLEASE pray for her to be able to find a way to come to church on Sundays and for us to know how to teach her in a way that will help her to have enough faith to do whatever it takes to make it there.
We also got the opportunity to go to District Leader Council this week. The Elders invited us to come so that we could have a 'true council' and make some goals for the Zone. It was a neat experience--they usually don't have sisters at DLC. It was good to receive some training--the District Leaders on being a DL, but a lot of what they received was also really applicable to me as a trainer--and then it was really neat to be a part of making some goals for the Zone.
Yesterday we had one more really neat experience. We were doing a consecrated hour of finding and had been talking to people in this neighborhood opstraat. Every once in a while we would knock on a door if we felt like we should. Well, we felt like we should walk down a specific street, but there was NO ONE on the street. As we walked down the street, I saw a door on the other side of the street and felt like we should knock on it. A woman came to the door and she said her mother had just passed away a week ago and that she didn't really have time. Well, I asked if she needed anything and asked if we could maybe pray for her. She looked at us for a minute and then invited us in. We talked with her about life after death and shared some scriptures with her from the Book of Mormon. She was really touched and felt like her mom sent us to her. She didn't want to make an appointment because she said, "I know that you are sent to help people come into your church and that's not going to happen, but I do want to read this book and come to church sometime soon." It was a neat feeling though to be able to talk with someone who we felt like Heavenly Father had sent us to at a specific time when she needed some support. We always know that God sends us places where the people need us, but sometimes you don't get to seen who or why in the moment you are there.
Well, I've gotta get running. I love you a lot. Please keep us in your prayers--I'm praying for you as well.

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