Tuesday was an early start because I had to be at the church to go through some training at 8:15. We met our new missionaries/new companions, and then had lunch, went to the transfer meeting and saw all the departing missionaries who were going home. It was sad, but you knew that they were returning with honor. The older I get in the mission, the more people I know, and then the more I know, the more I have to say goodbye to!
|Bye bye Sister Atkinson|
|Our new children! Me with Sister Petersen|
After studies we go to District Meeting, then to lunch with the Green Level Sisters. It was nice because we were all able to give Sister P advice and sympathize with her about how she was feeling! Oh man, I remember being in my first week on the mission. She is a champ.
We then went to an apartment complex to contact some former investigators that we found in our area book. Some of them had moved, some didn't answer, and some said they weren't interested. It was good practice though just knocking on doors. Although we didn't get a whole ton of answers, we were able to meet a nice man whose name is actually GUY. He was impressed with what we are doing and asked us to come back the next week after we shared a scripture with him.
Thursday we commenced in our first ever Weekly Planning Session together. It took a while, but that's okay. That night we were fed dinner twice, haha. Chili with the Erickson's and Mexican chili with the Ortiz's. Man, was I full! It was pouring that night as well- luckily we had the car!
Friday we sang the song Come Follow Me at a baptism for the Elders. Everyone said that it was great and brought a special spirit to the room. I love that music and hymns can do that :)
Saturday we were able to contact one of our potential investigators! That sweet woman Karin who liked my prayer. When we walked in she immediately said, "Honey! Give me your number I want to be able to contact you! I am so gald you came back. Every time you are here there is just such a wonderful warm presence. IT's like you carry something with you. I just love that. Could you come over for dinner one night? I want to get to know you girls better." After some more conversation she gave us homemade applesauce, jelly, and brownies that she had canned, or froze. She is SO Sweet. People are so kind when you just LOVE them for who they are. She wants to keep in touch after my mission as well. What a nicey lady.
Then on Sunday after dinner we went contacting, found 2 new investigators, and one lady was so excited that we had an extar Book of Mormon for her, that she went to her pantry and gave us her homemade canned Dill Pickles, Sweet pickles, and peppery pickles. Haha so nice. Southern Hospitality is a real thing. I think we need that in the West Coast. That night the family we ate with made HUGE steaks, baked potatoes, and peas for dinner because they knew we had been fasting all day. Food is 2x better on Fast Sunday :) Haha.
That night we had a really great lesson with a family we have seen about 3 times now. The three children are really like sponges, and as we teach they ask us questions. They have also been reading in the Book of Mormon and want to watch Conference next weekend.
I know that this is the Lord's work. Remember, if this wasn't the Lord's work, the adversary wouldn't pay any attention to us.
I love it, I live it I need it.
<3 Sister Golden