First, we have been praying about Lili a lot. She has been MIA and not responding to calls or texts. So we've prayed about when we need to be in the area near her house so we can catch her at home (she's NEVER home). We felt inspired to go by on Tuesday at 11am and she was there! She was on her way to work and only had a few minutes, so we shared Moroni 6:4 and talked to her about why we keep coming by and calling her. We want to help "keep her in the right way" and strengthen her faith, etc. It was good and she said she wants our help with that. And we went on exchanges with some sisters this week and had a lot of success in both areas in finding new investigators and potentials. We had this awesome lesson with a returning less active woman (I was in the Belle Terre ward) and at the end I asked her if we could take her coffee pot! She is trying to switch over to postum so she needs her coffee pot but got rid of her 3 cans of coffee! It's SO fun helping people make positive changes! :)
We had a lesson with the Ruegsegger family. I can't remember if I told you about them before. They've gone in and out of activity for the last 10 years. They have 3 kids who are in middle school and elementary school. They have such a strong desire to come to church and be active, and they've been 3 weeks in row! It's so much fun working with people who really want this as part of their lives. Our bishop called us this week and told us that the Ruegsegger's mentioned to him that since we've been meeting with them they feel the Holy Ghost in their home so much more and that their desire to stay active is growing! I love that family! On Friday we meet with Sister Gerling. She's an active member of our ward, a convert, and has some disabilities. She doesn't understand some of the gospel principles, so we go to her nursing home each week and help her study. She's so sweet!
Okay, Saturday was a whirlwind day! It started with our Pioneer Day stake celebration. Our stake did a 5K temple run (by our temple... hence the name), a breakfast, and carnival. Much like Simi's Pioneer Day activities. We had invited a lot of less actives and investigators to come, but no dice. Although there was a man we met last week on the street who works with one of our ward members that was there. He came up to US and started talking to us. It was really cool! And all because his friend invited him to come. In case any of you were wondering, Sister Haynes and I won the 3 legged race. :)
Later that day we did a blitz in the Pines ward. The elders gave us a general area to go to and said there were 2 big apartment complexes we should try. So we spent some time in one, found them some potentials, went to a different complex, got them an investigator and some referrals, and then decided to try a third complex. This complex was pretty big, but not a single soul was outside! So as we were driving to look for a parking spot, I looked to my left and through some buildings I see the top of what looks like another complex and I felt like we should go there. So we drive over to it and it's a small complex. We park, get out and start walking. We tried a few doors and no one answered. My companion starts heading back to the car, but I saw somebody pull up and said we should head over to talk to them. On our way to them we see this little brown girl walk onto her balcony and wave at us. She was maybe 6 years old. At the moment that seemed inconsequential, but it plays a role later on in the story. So we walk up to the people and start talking to them, and they're not interested. But because we walked all the way over to them, we saw there was a van with some guys standing outside it parked on the side. In the real world, you avoid this- but in missionary world, it's a perfect opportunity to talk to someone. So we head over. They were short, had brown skin (kind of a mix between Polynesian and Indian colored skin). I could tell right away that they were Marshallese- we have a good pocket of those up here. Anyway, we try talking to them and they have severely broken English. But it turns out one of them is a investigator who lives in the North Spokane area! His friend with him wasn't too interested in what we were saying/ couldn't understand much of what we were saying so we headed off after a minute. I had this feeling that we should just text the Marshallese elders about this guy. There's not a whole lot of work for those elders, so it couldn't hurt. The only problem was that he never gave us his apartment number. But then I remembered the little girl who waved at us and thought, well we can give them that apartment number. We weren't sure if it was where he lived or not, but it was better than nothing! Well, the Marshallese elders (they're from the Marshall Islands, not the U.S.) headed over that day and guess what?! It turns out that the man we talked to was his cousin!!! The last time they saw each other was when the guy we talked to had held the elder as a baby in the Marshall Islands! The elder's are going back and teaching him this week. How cool is that??? It was so amazing to have the Lord work through me- and through small promptings help us to reunite this family. The Lord really is in the details of our lives!
We had an incredible lesson with a new family we found this week! Shaun and Sarah and their 3 little boys are elect! I found them my 1st transfer here and they had just moved in. Every time we went back to check on them though, they were busy. Well we finally have a lesson with her on her doorstep and commit her to read 3rd Nephi 11. We came back the next Saturday and brought a member fellowship with us who was perfect! Turns out the wife read chapters 10, 11, and 12 and got her husband to read the intro! The spirit was so strong in the lesson and they were just so open and accepting of everything we taught! I wish you could have seen her face as we recited the 1st vision to them. They said they'd be baptized and invited us to come back! At the end, she said she'd been praying for a church that would be a good fit for their family- so cool! They're seriously so prepared! So many cool things happened in their lesson but I don't have time to write it all. I am emailing home a voice recording this week that goes into more detail.
We had a TON of less actives at church on Sunday and it was incredible! It's just as satisfying as having an investigator at church! :) Also, we taught 30 key indicator lessons this week! Our mission goal is 20 and last week we only had 10. It was such a great week!
I love you all!
-Sister Megan Metcalf