This last week was kinda normal, or not normal which is now normal. We had some highs and lows. But the restoration/ water damage clean up company took out their last fan today. Our house is so quite now. I did receive the package. Thank you. I think that was everything I needed. Although I realized that those address stickers for letters are really nice so if I could get those for home as well that would be nice. And i don't have Shannon's address so I just sent his home. And you were the first to mention the lake mom. :( There is water all over my area and I can't swim. But that's ok I don't have time to swim and it's a sacrifice I was willing to make. My area is just my ward here and it is pretty big. The northern part is a lot of country. Houses spread out far and lots of fields.
I'm glad you guys had a Great Fourth of July. That's kinda weird you had so few people at church. That's about how many people are at our ward on Sundays. For the Fourth we helped out with a 5k in the morning and then went to a ward breakfast and then to our stake presidents house for a missionary party thing. (which you should have gotten a video from) And then we went to the Powers for dinner and to visit with them and then to the Owings another members house for second dinner and fireworks. So the fourth was a lot of fun.
You will have to let me know how Tate's talk goes. I can't believe that that is his first talk in church. That’s crazy! The only thing I've really got for that topic is that the scriptures are a guide for us. We can relate them to things we go through to help us overcome challenges and come closer to Christ. They also contain and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ which is necessary for us to return to live with our heavenly father. Also, scriptures can refer to more than just Book of Mormon and Bible. Conference talks and many other things are scripture. I even think Pass along cards could be considered scripture.
So mission events for this past week. One of our investigators expressed some concerns he had with going to church and another knows he should go to church but then just didn't go. So we are trying to help them with attending church. I know that church is important and even if we don't like going or it is hard for us to get to church, we will be blessed continually throughout our week if we just attend church on Sunday.
Next is something that happened Wednesday. This was kinda cool so we were trying to decide where to tract and we decided to tract this neighborhood and we came to this guy’s house and he told us to come back at 7 o clock. So we were thinking oh sweet we can teach this guy the restoration tonight at 7. So then we did some other stuff. I think just knock more doors and dinner. And then we go back to this guy’s house at seven and no one answers. So now we don't have anything to do and no new investigator. But wait then we remembered this family we met the previous week and taught the plan of salvation to so we decided we would just swing by their house and see if they were busy and if we could teach them the Restoration. So we did and they were just hanging out outside and actually expecting us to come. I guess the week before we said we would come on that day. I only remember saying we would come by the next week and he said any day any time after 5. So it was a good thing that guy didn't answer because they were expecting us to drop by. So we taught them the restoration and they seemed pretty receptive. The dad who is our main investigator there told us the first time that he would only talk with us and wasn't interested really in our church or beliefs but then on Wednesday he said that we actually made him want to kinda look into it and listen to us. Also, his son is an inactive member and he was there for both lessons and at the end of the lesson Wednesday he had asked us how he could start showing his faith more. So this week we are going to go back Wednesday night and share another message with them and see how things are going.
I know that we are put in places and situations for a reason and that it is all a part of God's plan for us. I know that he will use us to help others around us and he will use others around us to help us if we ask for it. I know that God doesn't give us challenges and commandments that we can't conquer or benefit from.(1Nep 3:7, D&C 122:7) I love being and serving the lord as a missionary. I love all of you guys and don't forget to write me. ;)