So last Sunday night we set goals, we made plans, and then we hit it! We found two solid children of God that are interested in the gospel that evening! How cool, we found 'em!
So contacting downtown is pretty much the most exciting thing ever. I love talking to our brothers and sisters every single day! Downtown is a sketchy but interesting place; we always leave with great stories and real phone numbers!
The other day we actually had an appointment and we brought our future missionary member along with us. Our investigator didn't show up, so we went contacting with our member. We ended up meeting Alex. He was hung over and smoking, but we got talking and all he wants to do is make music and start doing what he loves, because he is tired of the life he is living right now. Our member was able to testify to him of the plan God has for us and the happiness it brings. He ended up saying that he thought it was really interesting we talked because he said he usually would have ignored us, but he didn't. He gave us his number and is excited to meet this week! And if we had met with the investigator we were supposed to meet with we wouldn't have found Alex! But then later, we were able to reschedule with our investigator, so everything worked out anyway! #thisiswhatdreamsaremadeof
This week we had an awesome district meeting on recognizing the spirit in lessons and being able to help our investigators feel and recognize it as well. It was powerful!
So one day we went and visited a less-active member. The sisters had been teaching her daughter, but it wasn't going anywhere because the parents' testimony wasn't really in place. So we taught the mom. And we were bold and honest with her, which is EXACTLY what she needed. She has had some bad experiences in and out of the church, and she has a very strong personality, but she has been trying to do things on her own. So we were able to teach her about the simplicity and beauty of letting Christ walk with her and help he, because that's the only way any of us will be successful and happy in this life.
Something that was said, completely by the spirit: "Your spirit teaches you the things your natural man doesn't want you to know."
One night we had dinner at a members home with the "Empty Nester's Club"-- it was with a bunch of old women from the ward! Haha, how fun! Good food, good company, good message! We talked about faith in Jesus Christ how we can continually increase our faith in Him. We are also hoping to be able to go out visiting teaching with these sweet members!
Oh, so we met this cute Scottish lady on the street last week that tried to give us money for coffee, and then we ran into her again! So she decided to give us her number so she could take us out for lunch and she did! We had Thai and we talked to her about he beliefs and her life and then shared the message of the Restoration. She isn't interested really, but she loves us and wants to continue looking out for us, so we're not really opposed to that! We'll keep working on her.
So we taught the sisters' former investigator and our member's friend, Shiela. She is wonderful! Has a strong connection with the Bible and loves God, quite much so! We taught her about the Book of Mormon (this wasn't the first time) and everything ended with her wanting to start including the Book of Mormon in her personal study and really seeing if it truly does contain the fullness of the everlasting gospel. She liked that.
We also taught John this week about the Priesthood and preparing for a calling. He is quite the prepared man! His main concerns with the church are... how the chorister in the front of sacrament meeting should be more of a lead singer for the congregation and how the baptismal suits need to be thicker. So.... yeah, he is solid! And he was BAPTIZED on Sunday! So that was exciting! It was a short and simply service, just as he requested. At the end he bore his testimony and was crying and gave Sister Rasmussen and myself a hug....
NOT WHAT WE WERE EXPECTING BUT IT HAPPENED AND THE SPIRIT CONFIRMED IT WAS OKAY SO..... Yeah, we got some grief about it from the other missionaries and the ward (jokingly of course), but it was so frightening and funny.
So Sunday night, all we needed to be able to achieve the Standards of Excellence, was to find one more person that was ready to set their own baptismal date. So we were thinking of all our investigators that could use a visit that might be ready and none of them were at the time; but as we were driving at the EXACT same time we thought of the same person. So we went to visit her and she and her friend were both home. At first I thought she wouldn't be able to open up about the gospel right now with her friend there, but we just talked to them about how they were and brought up baptism and all of a sudden her friend was like, "Baptism? I want to do that. Let's do it together!!" NO WAY. And by the end of the night, they committed to be baptized together! HOW COOL IS THAT? Talk about #sundaynightmiracles!!!
Yesterday we went and taught this part member family! The dad came to church on Sunday and he and his brother are getting back into the church and he wants his kids to prepare to be baptized. We're even working with his wife by gaining her trust first and going over later this week to help her out and do some service for her! This family is oh so good.
A line from my favourite hymn this week:
"As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free"
I love this. Christ loves us. And we need to love others. No matter what they look like or act like. We're all spiritual siblings are have are called to lift each other up. Let us bring others to Him!