Oh my goodness! What a week it's been. What even happened this week? First of all, it has been super rainy lately! Everyone says that's a good thing, for the farmers and such, but tracting and rain do not go very well together. I've been sporting the rain boots, or as Elder Mann says, "wellies" (he's from the UK). Things have been happening here in Oshkosh! Miracles, people. So we had those four headquarter referrals. Let me tell you how they all went down.
1. Wrong address, wrong phone number
In other news, I had the weirdest 30 minutes ever yesterday. We went to try to see a less active. Not home (classic). And on our way out we talk to this tall black guy, Tim. He's like "Oh, I love church. Could I come to yours"? Um, yes Tim. You can come. Please come. Then he's like, "Here's my number. Call me to remind me". Okay, we can do that. Then we went to these townhouse thingys. We knocked at a door and no one was coming. Two sketchy guys were walking up to the apartment next to the one we just knocked at and so Sister Straight started talking to them. Then the person came to the door and it was JUST ME. Thanks Sister Straight, you're a pal. BUT good news. I did the whole approach fine and gave him a BoM and set up a return appointment. There is no way that I would be able to do that if I wasn't a missionary. NO WAY. I'm so thankful for the constant companion of the Holy Ghost. And the courage that God has given me.
Saturday was real fun! Started out with a ward service project. Cleaning the church. The best. It was nice to wear jeans. And they still fit. So that's always good news :) I just love getting to know the members more. Sister Straight and I have noticed a big change in the ward just since I've been here. More trust and more contact. Apparently there have been missionaries in the past who got on the wrong side of the ward members. So we've been working hard to build up that trust. Brother Kemper is my fave. He's just the coolest 92 year old man I've ever met. When he sees me and Sis. S, he says, "Hello Sister Straight and Sister Quist on a quest"! That's me! Haha, Quist on a Quest! :)
And of course, I just love Sundays. Our Zone Conference was about how to make the Sabbath a more exalted day. Exodus 31:13 says, "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbath ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you". What sign are we giving God on Sunday? Russell M. Nelson said, "When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity is appropriate on the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, 'What sign do I want to give to God?' That question about the Sabbath day made my choices crystal clear." The Sabbath isn't just a day that we go to church, partake of the Sacrament, then go and watch t.v. all day. It's a day to know God more fully and do the things that will strengthen our relationships with Him and our families.
I hope that you all have a super rad week. The more completely I live this gospel the more I come to love it. I can testify that living the gospel with exactness will bring forth many miracles! I'm just the luckiest girl to get to wear this name tag for 18 months.
1. Waiting for the bridge to lower. After Donna's lesson. Feeling on top of the world!