Happy Easter, everyone! Hoping that you all had a wonderful day yesterday. My day was pretty cool. Lots of church, but hey! What better way to spend the holiday? We began the day with branch council. Since this is a YSA branch, branch council usually just consists of training. They're all still babies so no one is quite sure of what their calling entails all the time. So training it is. I really enjoyed the training yesterday. One thing that was said was, "some day you are going to get released from your calling, what will your legacy be"? Woof! That sure made me think. Then he went on to say how it doesn't so much matter the legacy you leave with people, but the legacy you leave with our Heavenly Father. Something to ponder, that's for sure.
Fun facts for the week:
*We rode our bikes to the library this morning! Spring didn't bring us popcorn, but it has brought beautiful weather and for that I am grateful!
*We were third-wheels on someone's date with a non-member this week. So awkward, but we gave the guy a BoM so that's cool!
*I want to be BFFs with Neill F. Marriott
*YSA's are funny cause they wear converse shoes to church and are really sassy
Back story, over the past month our mission has been focusing on the First Vision (I might have mentioned this, but oh well). We had a goal to get 4,000 First Vision lessons by Easter. I'm not sure how we did as a mission, but our district killed it! To accomplish this goal each companionship had to get three/day. So we set a goal to get 63 as a district for the week (Tuesday-Tuesday). By Monday night we were only at 32 and it was kinda depressing, to be honest. So we each had to get roughly 11 each on Tuesday to reach our goal. And guess what? WE DID IT! Miracles happened as we put our faith forward and went to work. Sister S and I had 10 by the time our dinner appointment rolled around. Afterwards it was late/dark and we had Book of Mormon class to go to. We considered not going, tracting, calling potentials, etc... so we prayed and came to the conclusion that we needed to call some people. So we did. No one answered. So we prayed again and felt prompted to go to BoM class. While reading we got a phone call from an unrecognized number. We stepped out to answer it and it was a potential calling us back! We totally taught him about the First Vision over the phone and the spirit was super strong! I couldn't believe it, but hey... when you follow the spirit in faith, God will provide!
We were able to finally see a recent convert/less active gal, Cherie, for the second time since I've been here. We met her at the library and found her with a cart full of books and movies to check-out. We had decided to talk to her about everyone's favorite lesson, the Law of Chastity! We knew she wouldn't have an issue with it, but we're missionaries and so we had to commit her to do something! So we thought about it and committed her to clean up her music, movies, books, etc... she said she would and that was that. When leaving I felt prompted to ask her what movies she had checked out. She had some good ones, but then looking closer we saw that she had some pretty scary/inappropriate movies as well. We were able to convince her to let us take back a couple of them. Hopefully she followed the spirit and didn't watch the others.
Our investigator, Monique, continues to grow in the gospel. She just gets it. We taught her about the Priesthood this week and she already had it down. The lesson was kind of distracting with the member that tagged along with us, but the spirit was still there and was able to testify to all of us of the power that comes from the Priesthood.
George! We are seeing tons of progress with George. We met with him and talked to him about the importance of studying the scriptures. I don't think that in the 6+ years he's been investigating that he's ever made the habit of reading the Book of Mormon. So we came up with a game plan to call him every night and read for 10 minutes with him. He chuckled at the idea and probably just thought, "yeah right". The first night we called him, no answer. Second night, no answer. Third night, he answered! He didn't read with us, but he let us read to him. Then for the past two nights he's read with us! Even if he reads in Spanish. The spirit has been super strong and my Spanish is improving. He even attended all three hours of church yesterday, which he hasn't done in a long while.
Hope you all have a great week! Keep your chins up and choose the right. I'm excited for General Conference this weekend! Get pumped to hear from our Prophet and apostles! Ahh! I'm so stoked! :)
Love you tons!!
Yesterday afternoon we were on our way home from Oshkosh and our investigator, George, calls us up and tells us that he left his headlights on and his car battery died. He needed someone to come jump his car. So of course we were up to rescuing him! We drove to Appleton to this park where we found George feeding the geese. So of course we joined him! Even though I really do not like geese. Great ending to Easter 2016.
Dinner at the Thompson's! It's a treat to be so close to people I love so much!
Just a fun selfie before our appointment with Elizabeth! :)
F.H.E. crew for the win!