This week. Wow! So many miracles. I feel like the work has been slow, and to be honest hard. It's tough to not let yourself get discouraged when there is no one even opening a door to turn you down. But I think the Lord has seen how hard Sister Wood and I are working to find those prepared people and we're earning His trust. He's starting to place people in our path, and send us places where we are really helping! 2 days in a row - every single door opened that we knocked on. It was incredible.
Miracle 1) Gavin finally got baptized! His parents are returning into activity and he is 10. His date has been moved 3 times. It got to the point where Sister Wood and I planned out the entire baptismal program and called them and said everything is ready, so bring him on Sunday! We did it after church. There was such a huge turnout of people from the ward supporting them. The spirit was so strong. Incredible!
Miracle 2) After the baptism we were planning out a lesson in the foyer before a dinner appointment. 2 non members walk in the church. What? We get talking and give them a church tour (our ward hasn't given a church tour since 2012) So cool! They dont live in our area but we passed their info on.
Miracle 3) There is a family in our ward, The Braun's, who are just powerhouse member missionaries. Always sharing the gospel. They invite us over for dinner with the most prepared people I've ever heard of. We taught an incredible lesson, the spirit was so strong. This family was loving everything that we were sharing. They had honest and sincere questions. Such soft hearts. A crazy wind and rain storm started up in the middle of the lesson. This next part is no joke. We got to the end and asked him to read Moroni's promise. As he is reading it, there is a huge crack of thunder and the windows shake and lights flicker. This man just pauses, looks up at us and says, "Woah! Did that just happen? This feels like a sign." It was so wonderful to have a spirit driven lesson. They don't live in our area. But it was so fun to start them off on the right foot!
Miracle 4) We made a wrong turn, so we decide to visit a less active. When we showed up at her door, she started crying. She said she'd been praying for help and strength. She was having a terrible day with her druggie daughter trying to take her grandkids to a homeless shelter. We were able to talk with her, share some scriptures, and say a prayer. She was so grateful for the sense of peace and relief we brought her. Then her crazy daughter shows up to take the kids. We talked with the daughter for a minute (mostly just to try and let the spirit work its way into her) and we eventually left. Then we called her home teachers so they could stop by later to check on her.
Miracle 5) We stopped at a members home to ask about a referral she gave us. As we're there, one of her neighbors shows up. This lady is a fireball. But she is deeply religious. We ended up teaching her a lesson and we're gonna stop by later. Therese believes everything we do! And she's so cool!
Miracle 6) We passed by this less actives house the week before and decided to skip it because it looked a bit creepy (there are a lot of trailers and double wides out here) Well, we put him on the list again because we felt like we needed to stop by again and be brave. Good thing we were! He turned out to be the nicest guy - and he needs more of the gospel in his life. Sister Wood and I sang him a hymn and he started crying. Then he got out his harmonica and played it while Sister Wood played the guitar and we sang a few more hymns. I love music! It brings the spirit so quickly!
Miracle 7) A less active we've been working with, named Wendy Gassner, has been tough. We've been bold with her and loving but she wasn't changing. She'll come to church and take the sacrament but then leave. She says it's because of a medical condition. Well, last night we had FHE with her and talked about the article on revelation from this month's Ensign. She said she feels like she recieved one that morning about how she needs to just fight through it and stay at church. What? We've been telling her that for weeks. But Heavenly Father is way better at talking to people than we are :)
There's so many more smaller miracles that happened, but you guys wouldn't think they were that cool ;) Almost all of these miracles came from following the promptings of the spirit. I'm slowly getting better at recognizing it. It's so amazing to be on God's errand and helping everyone. I can't stop smiling lately. It's just so great to be out here and doing this work!
We also taught a lesson to a drunk guy (now I think Breanne and I each are tallied up at one a piece on that front). Surprisingly he was so touched by what we said. We shared with him about the Atonement and how it has the power to heal and change people. We're coming back to teach him, and he gave us a referral for his wife's family in Missouri.
P-Day is Tuesday this week because we went to the temple today. Gosh I love that place! I've missed going there weekly. Everyone needs to go as soon as they can.
We had to drop an investigator this week. She wasn't progressing. She was just lonely and wanted to talk. Cool lady. She was super into the Native American culture and was very open. It was sad to drop her. But we've gotta use our time effectively.
There was a CRAZY storm out here Sunday night. Trees blew over onto houses, insane rain coming down so hard. Lightning every 2 seconds, but it was all in the clouds, not much hitting the ground. It looked like a strobe light! We had to drive in it but we were just fine. I've got some fun video of it to show you one day :) Video files are way too big to email!
We also had exchanges on Tuesday. My comp went out to Cheney (Eastern Washington Univ is out there) and another newbie came out here! So fun. We'd both been out only a month. She's the most talkative person ever. I definitely took some notes from her on talking with everyone. And it was easy to talk to people when I knew she was there to back me up and say something, too. It gets rough when you're not sure if you're gonna be left hanging. But we're working on it!
I love you guys so much and pray for you every day! Pray for me out here and for the people of 9 Mile Falls, Washington. I hope you one day can come visit this beautiful place!