Monday, September 29, 2014

A Week of Imperfection

     Well, this week was frustrating. We taught more lessons than last week, but I just didn't give it my all. I hate feeling like I didn't give it my best. Moment of honesty: I'm so exhausted all the time. It has been causing me to lose motivation to work. So as a result, I pretended I didn't see people when they were nearby, and didn't talk to everyone I could. At the end of each night I just continued to feel worse. It was a frustrating cycle. But yesterday I dug deep and I broke it. I was having an internal battle of wanting to give my all, but at the same time being exhausted/ frustrated with my situation. I read "The Consecrated Missionary" and then as I read D&C 28:16 "And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing." I felt the fire rekindle. That night as we went out, I was determined to talk to everyone! I pulled over the car for people on their porch, I veered across parking lots, and even ran (well, jogged) to one girl. We saw MIRACLES! In a few short hours we found several new potential investigators, one new investigator, and a 19 year old girl whose grandmother is LDS and she's been wanting to come to church! It made me think- If God could put that many people in our path for us to help in just a few short hours, how many people did I not get to because I was stuck inside myself? I talked with my companion very openly about how I've been feeling and we've come up with a plan, so we'll see how that goes. Either way, I will not let her actions determine my resolve to serve God with ALL of my heart, might, mind, and strength! I'm determined to not let that happen again! Thank goodness I didn't let this go on for too long.

     This week we met with Lau and he wanted to know all about missionary life. When we asked him not too long ago what he thought about a mission he said he thinks he wants to go on one. When we asked him why, he said, "I don't know what else to do." He was under the impression that you get to pick where you go... and that you still lead a regular life with a job, social life, etc. while you're out and just meet up with people to teach them about the gospel in between. We explained to him what it was really about; the 24/7 dedication, that we pay to go out, the prophet tells us where we're needed, the rules, etc. After conversing with him and answering his questions I asked him if he thought we were crazy. He said "A little bit... is it WORTH it?" Oh man! Of course it is! We both bore testimony of how great of an experience this really is. Missions are the best! :)

     The Woman's Conference was on Saturday and we went to the stake center to watch it. I love stake events because I always get to see tons of people from 9 Mile Falls there. They come over to me and tell me how much they miss me and how much I helped the ward- it boosts my ego a bit :) The best was seeing Shirley Taylor (the widow we lived with). She cries every time she sees me and gives me the biggest hugs! It's like having a grandma away from home!

     I'm running out of time, but still want to give you an update on how everyone is doing that we're working with. Tom Singleton (baptized last December) was struggling with knowing that Joseph Smith is a prophet. We've had him reading Joseph Smith-History and praying and he's feeling so much more sure about things now. He's going down to general conference and watching the Sunday Morning session. What an incredible time to receive revelation! Lyndi (baptized this June- family is anti) moved out of her parents house this week. They found her quad that she got for her baptism and threw them away. They've been terrible to her since she's told them. She has been sacrificing so much for this gospel. She's who I think of when I read "The Cost and Blessings of Discipleship" by Elder Holland. She has gone through so much, but Heavenly Father is giving her incredible spiritual experiences to keep going strong. We're meeting with her twice a week to help her out. We're also meeting with Danielle twice a week now too- once at Bishop Romney's house for dinner and once at the church. She is so solid! She said she feels so good about her baptismal date this time and isn't nervous like she was in the past. She invited her boyfriend to come to it (He's got his mission call to St. Louis- and she never told him about being baptized any of the other times). She's just been lighting up. And you can see the hope and confidence in her eyes! It's incredible! I mentioned last week a less active named Mike, who we're working with. Well he came to church yesterday! (We had SO many less actives come- it was amazing!) When we taught him on Thursday he said that he hated how short our meetings were and wishes we could stay longer. We told him that we can't stay longer because we need to see as many people as we can in a day, but he wants to meet twice a week now. He's a fun project. Have you ever heard anyone use the word pontificate in a sentence in complete seriousness? I now have. haha. He works at a smoke shop and came to church yesterday with a bracelet on that said "Down to smoke a bowl?" He has such a good heart and he's making progress :)

     Well, life as a Sister Training Leader is crazy, but it keeps things interesting. I love the opportunity to serve so many people all the time! I hope you all have a great week! I love you!

-Sister Metcalf 
 My thrift shop dress


 A giant chicken

With Alyson Dunn (a recent convert)

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Week

     So the first thing I'm sure you were all dying to know (right?) is what happened with transfers. Sister McDonald and I are both staying together in Shawnee YSA! This will be her last transfer, so I'll be "killing" her. Hopefully she'll have a huge push to want to just gas herself this last transfer. I'm excited we're both staying. We get along wonderfully. We're still working on the whole teaching together part. It's awkward, but my tactics are actually working. She's been teaching and talking more. So we'll see where we get to in 6 weeks time.

     Well, I'll recap my week day by day- since there's usually not much consistency in how I report on my weeks to you. We'll see how I like it...

     Monday- We had a zone BBQ at the Braun's out in 9 Mile. Two missionaries from our zone were finishing up their missions and headed home at the end of the week so we had a big get together. It was fun to play some tennis and be reminded that air hockey is not my sport. Each week our ward has a Family Home Evening activity. We usually go for the first 15 minutes or so to see if anyone brought friends, less actives came, etc. This time we had a potential investigator show up and we were going to be part of teaching the lesson at the end. We had it at the golf course and played foot golf- like golf, or Frisbee golf, but kicking soccer balls instead. We played a few holes and then had the lesson. Austin was pretty into it, and he set up a return appointment for the next day.

     Tuesday- We had 7 set lessons, only two fell through, so it was a pretty busy day. We were scrambling to find a female for Austin's lesson and since we were having dinner at the bishop's beforehand we asked if we could just have it there. Well, that didn't turn out the way we planned. Our bishop's wife invited 7 other people to come to dinner... and they all stayed for Austin's lesson. I definitely like teaching in smaller settings... but whatever. All in all the lesson went well. Austin accepted baptism and is 100% socially converted, so we need to make sure he is doctrinally/ spiritually converted before he's baptized. We also had a pretty powerful lesson with one of our recent converts who's been struggling with his testimony. I LOVE working with people who want the gospel and are willing to put in the work. I feel like the spirit is just free flowing in those lessons.

     Wednesday- We had district meeting and I did a training on street contacting. It was good for me to really evaluate how I'm doing and how I can improve. We met a less active named Charles. He's a product of a less active family, was reactivated shortly before his mission, and didn't want to stay out the whole time. He felt ostracized when he came home early and pulled away. It's sad to see people go to the temple and not uphold their covenants. But he understands somewhat and wants to try to rekindle his testimony and come back. He's quite the talker. We didn't get to teach him a whole lot. But we're excited to come back and help him progress to where he needs to be.

     Thursday- We had weekly planning. We got done in just a few hours, which was nice. But while we were home we had someone knock on our door. It was the Comcast salesperson. They said they noticed we didn't have TV or Internet and asked us why... so I explained that as missionaries we put those things on hold while we serve God. Oh man, the look on his face was priceless! He thought we were crazy haha. I mean, who could imagine life without either of those? It's actually really nice to be unplugged. Everything going on in the world just stresses us out and distracts us from our real purpose. We taught Danielle about the Plan of Salvation and she loved it. She had a bunch of questions at the end and this week wants us to teach her about the Godhead. She's progressing nicely. We also had a lesson with Mike Hill who is a really interesting character. He likes to talk super intellectual. He's less active but working on coming back.

     Friday- We taught a lot of recent converts and set up times to take them to the Family History Center to start working on names. They're pretty excited and I am too! I love family history. That night we went to go contact some potentials from a survey that our ward did a few weeks ago. It was maybe 7 o'clock, but it's already pretty dark. As we're walking to the apartment we see this group of 3 girls, so I head towards them and say "How are you doing tonight?" The one girl (maybe 28 yrs old) screams at the top of her lungs, has this terrified look in her eyes, and yells back "You scared me! I can't see you- I lost a contact." So I introduce myself and she literally runs away up three flights of stairs yelling a slew of random sentences "I already found Jesus! I'm looking for my kids! Squirrel! Have a good night!" All the while, her two friends are just standing their. Well right when the lady ran away we just kind of ignored her and started talking to her friends, but this lady was yelling so loud that they could hardly hear us. They said they weren't interested and didn't know anyone who would be and we headed off. Once we rounded the corner I just broke out laughing! That lady was so random! And then after seeing some more people, we head back to our car. As we're walking there she walks past us all normal and says, "Aren't you guys nervous walking at night? There's a bunch of weirdos here" (yeah we know! haha) We laughed about that for days!

     Saturday- So do you remember me talking about a girl from Bulgaria that I was teaching out in 9 Mile? Bozhi?  Well, long story short- she was adopted by a family. While she was living with them, we start teaching her and the parents are cool with it. Then this huge scandal comes out about the mom and some guy in prison and Bozhi is about to be put in foster care- so the family that was fellowshipping her, the Harp's decided to adopt her! The Harp's have triplet 16 year old girls... and they adopted Bozhi, another 16 year old girl! Her baptism was amazing and the spirit was so strong. I couldn't stop crying. It was incredible to see God's hand in this girl's life and how everything worked out for her in the end. We didn't teach any lessons that whole day and decided to try one more person on our way home. Amy was a firecracker. We'd never met her before and she invited us right in. She went less active 19 years ago and has been in jail and lost her way. She started asking questions and then told us that she wants us to teach her the lessons so she can try and figure this out for herself. I think her family is still active... but she is actually 35, so we'll be passing her off to the family ward. Her lesson was pretty chaotic with her chihuahua jumping ALL over me and licking my face the whole time, that thing had ADHD for sure! haha. Dogs always have a way of making the lessons more interesting.

     Sunday- was a special sacrament meeting where everyone in our whole mission had a goal of getting 20 non members to church. We had 3 non members and 6 less actives. It was a great meeting, and it was nice to have the ward focusing on just inviting people to come see one of our services. After dinner we went to see a less active. He was baptized 5 years ago and his family went less active pretty soon after. Josh Nay doesn't know much, but accepted taking the lessons. His 16 yr old brother sat in on the lesson and it turns out he isn't baptized. He said he'd like to be- without us even asking! So cool! :) That night we got transfer calls. We were both pretty sure we were staying, and we were right!

     Well, that was my week in a nutshell. I hope you all have a great week! I love you!

-Sister Metcalf

Waiting for transfer calls (our study area)

Bozhi's baptism!!! (with the Harp family who adopted her)
District selfie
Plan of Salvation in chalk... again. Not as successful this time, but still worth it!
Playing "Foot Golf" for FHE with Dallas, Ashley, and Sister McDonald
Zone party last p-day at the Braun's

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Well, That Was Weird"

     This week we had an added challenge to the work. We have a new rule that says that when we teach a guy, we have to have a female over the age of 21 with us. This would normally be fine in a family ward or even in our ward a few weeks ago when we were only teaching the girls... but with our singles ward (which, with everyone off to school is basically a branch) we have very few active females over 21 and most of them work. So that's been fun. But we're excited at all of the sister missionaries who will be coming home shortly that will be excited to come out with us!

     On Tuesday we had dinner at Bishop Romney's house and had 2 recent converts come, Lyndi and Alyson. Alyson is from Reno and has been a member for almost a year. She's 19 and planning on going on a mission soon. She's solid. Lyndi was just baptized in June and is 24. Her parents are anti and she's the one who recently told them she was baptized and it didn't go over well. With General Conference coming up we taught them about following the prophet and the importance of doing that today. We challenged them to read a conference talk a day from last session in preparation for this upcoming one. You should all do it, too! It's so good to review often the things that were shared with us by prophets and apostles of the Lord! Both of them are planning on driving down to Salt Lake City so that they can see it live. So cool! I love those girls- it's so fun watching their testimonies strengthen and their knowledge grow.

     After dinner we had a lesson at the church with Benjamin and Carys. They were excited to meet... but not because they wanted the gospel in their lives- they just wanted to pick our brains really. So we asked them questions as we taught and really established our purpose. They believe in the Trinity (and I have yet to meet someone who can actually explain to me how that works...) but anyways, he said he's read the Book of Mormon and knows it's not true. I didn't want to pick up an eternigator (eternal investigator) so after answering their questions I again established our purpose and told them that as missionaries, we help people to take steps in their lives that bring them closer to Jesus Christ through His restored gospel, one of those steps being baptism. So since he didn't want to be baptized and felt it wasn't true, that he could talk with Ashley Green (our member fellowship) and she could answer his questions, but that we needed to spend our time teaching those who wanted to make this a part of their life. It was mildly awkward, but they understood. It's so hard to teach Whitworth students. It's a private Presbyterian school and everyone there just wants to kind of learn what Mormons believe, but never actually try it out for themselves. This last paragraph sounds a bit harsh- but I know what my purpose is as a missionary. I'm here to find the elect and the honest in heart. I know that as I focus on that, God will lead me to them!

     On Thursday we met with Danielle Schimschal. I love her! So we wanted to find a member of our ward she'd get along with and we thought of Taylor. So right before bed I send a text inviting her to the lesson... turns out I sent it to her sister, Amanda. I was annoyed at first, but it ended up being perfect! Danielle has been struggling to feel it's true. She kept telling us that it all makes sense in her head but she's waiting for that big feeling from the spirit. Well, Amanda knew none of this. But when we asked Amanda to share how she knows hat Jesus Christ was her Savior she said exactly what Danielle needed to hear! Amanda explained how she never gets emotional when she feels the spirit, but to her things just click in her mind. Things just make logical sense and it's clear to hear what is true. As she was sharing this, I look over at Danielle who just is grinning ear to ear! I mean she was basically glowing! It dawned on her that this is the way the spirit has been telling her all along and that she knows this is true! She asked to be baptized on October 18th! Yay! We'll have to find someone else to be baptized on my birthday...haha. I'm so excited for her! She started meeting with missionaries last October, and after a year long journey, she is ready. :)

     On Saturday, we had a huge stake day of service that we participated in. It was at the Northeast Community Center. It was about to be shut down because it didn't have things up to code. It is in Hillyard (a rough part of town) and offered free/ cheap daycare, preschool, dental, medical and senior services. It was so incredible to help! Sister McDonald and I helped sand and repaint picnic tables and benches, take down and put up taller chain link fencing, and weeding. People were also doing landscaping, painting, cleaning, building, etc. It was a huge project. We had over 300 volunteers show up and put in collectively over 1,300 hours of service. It felt incredible to just help and serve. And when I looked around at all of the people there, just serving because they love as Christ does, it just warmed my heart! The community center was SO appreciative and said they've never had a group do this much or work so efficiently together. Last month there was a church that said they'd come and bring 50 people- and none showed up. So they were grateful for what we did that day. We had a lot of interesting encounters the rest of that day. After walking away from lessons or street contacts, I think on 4 different occasions I said "well, that was weird." But I just keep going with the flow.

     Apparently on my mission I'm also meant to meet lots of Native Americans. The one from this week was Sage EagleBear (they always have such cool last names- like Lincoln Hairychin!) Well, he joined 5 years ago with his family and should be in the YSA ward. We stopped by and met him and set up a return appointment. When we showed up for that, he wasn't there. But his Dad, Vaughan, was. I felt prompted to ask him if he was a member of the church and he said that he actually isn't. He's been investigating for about 5 years. He says he's just kind of waiting for his answer. I was able to testify to him and read some scriptures with him and challenge him to meet with the missionaries again. It was so cool! I feel like God just gives me the words to say. Especially these days with my companion rarely talking in street contacts or lessons. It's wonderful to know that I have God on my side helping to fill my mouth with the words people need. That gives me the courage and confidence I need to talk to everyone and be bold!

     We still have potentials and former investigators that we haven't contacted believe it or not haha. So we went to try one, but his roommate said he moved out to 9 Mile. He didn't have an address so we decided to call him. We left a message and he texted us back saying that he feels like he needs to come to church because he doesn't like the path his life is on right now. I responded by telling him that he can change right now and that our job as missionaries was to teach people about what they can do in their lives to improve the quality of it and have relief from past mistakes. Our conversation went on for a while via text. He said he needed to hear that and wanted to meet up with us- so we'll be seeing him soon. I love technology! A complete stranger will open up via texting about their life and their inner workings to someone they've never even met and they can feel the spirit as we testify to them! :)

     The last thing I wanted to share was this scripture that I found today as I was studying in the Bible. It's 2nd Corinthians 5:15 "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." I am so grateful to have this time where I am not living selfishly for myself, but for Christ. I love helping others and teaching them. This is God's work and I am blessed to be a part of it! I know this church is true. I know this independent of anyone else. I have felt it and I will never deny it.

     I hope you all have a blessed week! I love you!

-Sister Metcalf
Nerf Gun war last P-day

Monday, September 8, 2014

Never Enough Time in the Day

     Well folks, it's time for another installment of stories from Shawnee YSA. I am sorry, but this is going to be rushed. I rarely feel like I have enough time to share everything I want. But here was my week in a nutshell:

     This last week we had a lesson with Lau. We talked about fasting with him in relation to his "addiction" to weed. He says God has already told him that he shouldn't be doing it. So we talked about fasting for strength from the Lord to quit. We fasted with him as well and will follow up with him today on how he feels now. The crazy thing is that he talks to EVERYONE about the church. It's changed his life for the better. He just finished reading the Book of Mormon for the 2nd time and tries giving them to his friends. He invites his friends to be baptized and to come to church. He's such a great example of how the Atonement works :)

     With the elders being gone, we had to spend some serious time organizing the area book, whiteboard, etc. It kind of effected our lessons taught this week because we weren't out as much as usual. I honestly feel like I was called to this area because of my organizational skills. Everything was a straight up mess here and I spent a LONG time getting it all in a state where we could be effective. Then mid transfer, the elders get pulled out of our ward and we have to combine it all (and we found a lot of people who had slipped through the cracks by deeply going through their things as well.) God knew I would take the time to make this area presentable so that other missionaries can work here effectively. We also had a TON of appointments cancel. It's hard not to get frustrated at other people's agency. But I'm learning :)

     We did some painting for a member from 9 Mile who is moving down the street from where we live now. He and his wife are YSA rep's for the family ward. It was fun to get out of a skirt and just work.

     This week we set up some appointments with former investigators. There's some people who were being taught, but went home for the summer and now they're back! One is Ben, who we meet with this week and I think will be a handful. But I'm sure I'll write about that lesson next week. The other is Danielle. She was on date for baptism before she left and is so excited to meet with us! She knows all of the basic stuff, she's just learning how to recognize God's answers to her prayers so that she can really feel that this is all true. She came to church yesterday and was participating in class. We made sure there were plenty of people reaching out to her. She's coming to FHE tonight and wants to meet with us weekly. I'm really excited about her :) She's so open and sincere. She's 19 and from Port Angeles,  on the west side of the state. She goes to Whitworth (which is a Presbyterian D3 University- but it's open to anyone) I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more about her in the future as well. We're hoping to put her on date for October 4th... doesn't that just sound like a great day to get baptized? :)

     Oh! So I saw Sister Haynes the other day and she updated me on my last area, Evergreen. Want to hear something cool? So I'm pretty sure I shared a story of how we were going to visit someone but I had a prompting to try this less active woman who we've never found at home. When we got there we met her daughter, Janelle, who is a less active who wanted to come back. Well it turns out that they're teaching her and her non member husband twice a week and they've been coming to church! It's crazy how acting on small promptings can change someones life! God knows exactly what we're doing and what we need to progress. He could do this all on His own, but I love that He allows us imperfect humans to be the means by which He answers prayers. God is great! :) Sorry for all of the smiley faces today. I just LOVE this work!!!

     Alright, so I live in Spokane. My last area I in a more suburban place, 9 Mile was rural,  but now I'm in the city. We hear police and fire engine sirens non stop. It's hard to fall asleep at night sometimes. Obviously it's nothing like Aaron's mission. But I love how Heavenly Father helps me each day. There have been a few times when I have felt the Holy Ghost prompt me to leave somewhere or not try a certain house. It's great that I'm living in tune with the spirit and able to recognize those promptings. I feel so safe with the Lord on my side. This note wasn't meant to scare you,  mom. But I just wanted to share my gratitude for being blessed with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

     I love this gospel and I know it's true! Share with me some things that you are learning in your scripture studies lately! Is anyone still studying Preach My Gospel?

     I love you all! Have a great week!

-Sister Metcalf

P day sand volleyball


Miracle text
Selfie on the balcony
 My apt
Helping paint the Saxton's house
 Driving to appointments

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chaos

     This last week has been crazy. I'll start with what's happened most recently and then move my way back to the beginning of the week. So yesterday, the elders who are also serving in our ward got a call from our mission president. There was an area that had to be closed temporarily because of missionaries having to leave in the middle of the transfer. So he told them that they are heading down there today and reopening that area up. Meaning that we need to get their area book and all of the information of people they have been working with and take on their teaching pool. I'm not too worried about taking the people on, we're more than capable of that. But reorganizing everything from their binder is a bit stressful- especially after we just barely finished organizing our whiteboard and area book. There's been other little things that we've been having to deal with as a result of them being pulled out, but not to worry. It will all get taken care of :) We had interviews with our mission president this week and he had mentioned to us about taking a set of missionaries out of our ward because the work isn't picking up the way he thought it would and the number of people in our mission will be dwindling soon with the waves of missionaries going home. We were thinking it would happen in the next transfer or two... not week! haha. I'm trying to not let it overwhelm me too much with our companionship not being very equally yoked... I can do hard things though. Labor Day was a busy day. We helped out with the Labor Day fun run 5k that our stake put on... that I was at last year as well! Deja vu.

     Another day of chaos was Wednesday. We had eight set appointments and we'd accidentally double booked one, so we had to go on splits for a bit. It was nice to be so busy, but we felt like we were just sprinting from place to place to get from one place to the next on time. All in all though, chaos and stress like that is just fun. :) One of our lessons that day as with Lau, our recent convert, and Skyler his friend who is not a member but wants to learn about the church. This kid is SO quiet and shy. I mean, he literally looked at the ground the entire time. I think he struggles with some self esteem issues. So it was an interesting lesson. He doesn't give more than 3 words for an answer so we didn't know if he was comprehending fully or not. Well at the end of the lesson we asked him to say the prayer and he agreed, but said he wasn't sure what to say. So we kind of go through the outline of what a prayer consists of and bow our heads and wait for him to pray... and wait... and wait... about a minute goes by before he says "I don't know what to say". So we start asking him- what are some things you're grateful for? What are some questions that you'd ask God? And we brainstorm with him and he says he's ready. So we bow our heads and wait... and wait.. 2 minutes go by this time. So we give him the pamphlet and open it to the part where it shows the outline so he can look at it while he prays. Then he says "Dear Heavenly Father... uhhh... dang it! I looked at the pamphlet and lost my train of thought!" So we sit silently for another minute or two. It was SO painful. But after about 8 minutes from when we originally asked him to say the prayer, he finally says it. Hallelujah! It was rough, but he said it :) It's so fun to help people do these completely foreign things and watch it change them.

     Update on Blayze (the random text guy living in Moscow, Idaho)! The missionaries out there went to meet with him and he brought 3 of his friends. They taught them all the Restoration and they ALL became new investigators! How cool is that?? Honestly, the more this story unfolds, the more I'm convinced that God is a God of miracles and that he knows each of us individually!

     On Friday we had a lot going on as well. One of our recent converts, Gina, who is 19 is thinking about going on a mission so she came out with us for 3 hours. I think she had a really good experience. I'm amazed at her testimony already and how much she wants to share it with others! At the end of the night we were trying a few more people. As we were walking to the house of this referral, we saw a man outside with his wife and child. We walked over and started talking to him and he just blurts out "What kind of doctrine do you have there in your hand?" And I told him it was the Book of Mormon. He just yells "Nope! I don't want to hear what you have to say! Don't try to push it on me!" So I asked him if he'd talked to Mormon missionaries before and he said no, but he didn't need to. He was being pretty rude, but I closed up the conversation on a positive note and wished him a good night. Well we walk to our referrals house and meet her. Her name is Chelsee and she's amazing! She was just so excited that we came by and was telling us all about how she wants to come closer to God and feel forgiven for her past. So I testified to her about our purpose as missionaries and of the Atonement.  She was so excited about it all and just beaming from ear to ear. She asked what the difference was between our church and other Christian churches, and I briefly went through the Restoration lesson with her emphasizing the priesthood. I invited her to be baptized and she agreed. She asked us to come back on Tuesday (tonight)! She then told us how cool it is that we go out and teach people and leave our lives behind. I testified to her of how much happiness it's brought to me and my family and how I just had to share it with others. She just looks at me and says "I can really tell that it has. You're like glowing!" ...Well as we were walking away she just blurts out, "Am I allowed to smoke weed? Because I like smoking it- like a lot. But I don't want to feel ashamed before God." So we talked to her about her body being a temple and as she keeps it clean and pure she can feel the Holy Ghost more and God can communicate with her better. Then she says, "I've been smoking it for a long time. I don't think I can quit over night, but I wanna quit now." So cool! Side note- I have a feeling I'm going to be meeting a LOT more YSA age kids in Washington with weed problems. Why the heck is it legal? Okay, so we were so excited after that meeting with Chelsee, and as we're walking back to the car we were just so happy, nothing could get us down. Well Dustin (the mean guy from earlier) whistles at us to stop and waves us over. We walk back and he starts apologizing to us and telling us that we didn't deserve it, but he was just in a bad mood. He says he'd like to listen to what we have to say and invited us to come teach his family!!! What? It was a complete 180. So we're going back tonight as well :)

     I'm running out of time but wanted to share a few more things that happened this week. One is that there is a recent convert that was baptized a month ago that we're working with, Lyndi. Her family is anti and she didn't tell them she got baptized. So we have been talking to her about doing it. She finally told them and they completely shunned her at first but she knew she did the right thing. Things are back to normal with them. I can't even imagine what that would be like! I'm so glad I have such supportive family and friends :) Thank you all!

     Also, another texting miracle! I started texting all of our less actives and trying to set up appointments with them. This girl, Megan, texts back and says "Who are you and How are you texting me right now?" I said who were were and asked to set up an appointment to meet her. She says, "yeah, you can come next week. But I'm so confused. This phone has been shut off and has no service. I don't know how you're texting me or how it's letting me respond" So I testified to her that it was because God wants her to meet with us! She replied back "That's what I think, too! See you next week!" and she gave us her real working number. How cool? This transfer has been full of phone miracles! :)

     Well, I love each and every one of you! Thank you for everything! Have a great week! And do something more to strengthen your personal conversion.

-Sister Metcalf



With Elder's Stirling and Shirk (who are being ET'd)

Putting a Book of Mormon in a "take a book, leave a book" box

soccer last p-day

Sharing a scripture on the street 



Scripture study every morning