Area: Esperanza Ward
Companion: Hermana Van der Toolen
This week has been crazy! I guess that I will just start from the beginning.
We have been working really hard to find more people to teach right now. It is a little bit harder to find Spanish speaking people who want to hear the message here than it was in Littlerock. Because of that, we have been trying to get creative in our finding methods. We called up all the mortuaries and hospitals in this area to get on their list of clergy. We have been talking about family history. It has been going a little slowly, but we have been getting more interested investigators!
Funny story for this week. We had found an old Catholic man last week and set up a time for a return appointment. When we went by for the appointment, we were saying a prayer in the car right before we went up to the door. Right before we got out of the car, the man who we were coming to visit walked out of his door to smoke. He saw us and we saw him and we made awkward eye contact for about ten seconds before we started to get out of the car. Between the time that we saw each other and the time that we made it out of the car, he had disappeared. We went to see if he was by his door, but when he wasn't there, we decided to go to our next plans. As we were getting back in the car, we found the man. He was crouching beside his car, trying to hide from us. It was so awkward. We talked to him for just a second and then got into the car. He could see us through the windows, so we had to keep our composure until we made it around the corner. Then Hermana Vander Toolen and I burst out laughing. We were laughing about how awkward the situation was all night long.
|[Translation: WARNING ... The driver will disappear in the Rapture]|
This week is the end of the month and Hermana Vander Toolen has been a little stressed out about miles. We are a little close to our limit, so we decided to become BIKING MISSIONARIES! That's right, I have been on a bike for the last couple of days. If you think that sister missionaries biking in skirts sounds a little silly, let me be the first one to tell you that it certainly is. We were on exchanges this week (With our new Sister Training Leaders, Hermana Martineau and Hermana White) and Hermana White and I were back together. The Dream Team. We started out biking on the first day and it was actually really fun. We were able to talk to a lot of people and we could actually get around pretty well. The second day, it was not as fun. We had decided to go to an area that is a little bit farther away than the first area that we biked in. That was problem number one. Problem number two was that we were biking in a pretty mountainous and deserty area. At one point, we realized that we had been going the wrong way and that we had to turn around and walk the bikes through the desert. When we got to an area where we could start to bike again, we realized that we had a third problem. Hermana White's bike tires were full of goat heads. I can't remember if I have already written home about them, but goat heads are little thorns that are all over the place. They stick in your shoes and are super sharp! Because of the goat heads, both of the bike tires popped and we had to wait until someone could come and rescue us from the desert. Eventually, we were able to make it home and get back in the car.
|Hermanas Blau, Van der Toolen, White, and Martineau|
Before we started the exchanges, we were praying to find people and listening to the impressions of the spirit to see what kind of investigators that we would find. Two of us were feeling pretty strongly that we were supposed to find a single man while the other two were feeling that we were supposed to find a family. While Hermana Vander Toolen and Hermana Martineau were out on exchanges, they ran into some people who fulfilled both of the requirements. Carlos, who we have started to teach, is a single man who's wife died a couple of years ago. He has one son and lives with his brother and sister-in-law and their children. It turns out that he had received a copy of the Book of Mormon from one of his relatives and that he had been reading it for over two years. He said that he had been waiting for missionaries to come up to his house and talk to him. When they told him where the church was, he was super excited that it was so close. I guess that he has always wanted to come to one of our services.
Before church started, we called Carlos to see if he was going to come and he said that he would. Sacrament meeting started, but he still wasn't there. We texted him and he said that he was on the way. When the sacrament hymn started, he texted us and said that he was outside and that he didn't know how to come in. We ran out side and did a lap around the church building until we were able to find him. Eventually, we were saw him and we all quickly, but reverently, walked into the chapel right in time for the sacrament to start. It was super cool! Last night, we were able to go over and teach him about the restoration. It was a super good lesson. He has a lot of questions and I think that he really has a sincere desire to learn more. Hopefully, he will continue to come to church and make commitments. He is really cool!
Well, that is about all for this week. We are starting to teach some people who are really interested and who have a sincere desire to learn and to change. We are already starting to see a lot of success in this area. We are doing pretty well here and I have felt my faith grow each day! I love being a missionary. Keep up the good work at home! I love you all.