Friday, July 18, 2014

Miracles! (July 14)

Soooooo.... Total miracle week! I've never had so many happen in one week! Let's see if I can recall them all..
Starting with Monday.
        Remember Charlie? The one who didn't come to church last week and pushed his date back to August sometime? That's him. Ever since he pushed his date back, we've been trying to get a specific date to work towards so we gave him the assignment last week to get in touch with his family and set a date for the Family Reunion/Baptism. We had a lesson with him Monday night and he was acting a little odd at first. Well, he's an odd ball but even more so. We got talking and we asked him how his assignment went for the past week. He said, "Sisters, I've got some bad news for ya. It's not going to be in August." I was super confused and my comp just froze. Charlie got up super quick, walked across the room to their calendar and pointed to a square. "The 26th," he said. "Of what month?" Sister Metcalf asked. Charlie paused. In his nonchalant way he said, "July." pause.. WWHHHHHAAAAAATTTTT!?!? This guy, who's been taught for over 4 years and been a potential for who knows how long, is getting baptized in 12 days? Yes! And he's counting down! (Talked to him yesterday and Charlie said he wasn't but he totally is).
Tuesday.
    Not in my area but in the Boise North Stake, I was on exchanges with Sister Bawden and we put one of their newest investigators on date for next month! Amazing!
Wednesday.
     Next lesson with Charlie (We're meeting with him more now that we have a date and it's closer than we thought but luckily he's taken them who knows how many times).  We went through the next set of lesson and he didn't make ONE inappropriate joke! If you know Charlie or have ever taught him, that's a miracle in and of itself. He also called us before the lesson and said he read ALL of the pamphlets! He CALLED us to tell us he's keeping up and exceeding on the homework. Are we sure this is the Charlie that's been taught for the past forever?
Thursday.
     Ummmm... nothing noteworthy. It's a miracle all of our plans worked out:)
Friday.
     Exchanges with Sister McClellan. I got to see on of my former investigators. She moved out of our stake and into theirs and I totally forgot! I love Elizabeth so much and she would have been baptized months ago but legal issues are keeping her from being baptized. She's still trying to keep strong and working to be the most active non-member in that ward. (She hadn't been to all 3 hours of church since she moved)
Saturday.
     We had dinner with a Part member family for the second time and, I will say, the Lord works in mysterious ways. The husband, Rene, isn't a member and every time we would go over he would leave the room or even the house. He avoided us like no one I've ever met! And then his wife signed up for us to go eat with their family and he's the cook. He was stuck with us for at least the next hour! It was actually really good. He has one of the original Roadsters and loves to talk cars. Doors open everyday. We went over on Saturday and he talked to us for a while but then after we told him we had an appointment at seven... he's gone. Rene is someone who doesn't want to be just a check mark on a list so you have to make him feel like you really did come to see him and not just to scratch him off a list.
Sunday.
     We got to talk to Rene again as we were walking to his part-member family neighbor and it seems all is well again. It's fantastic to see how people change. And his neighbor who we went to see was home, too! Miracle! We know the wife really well but her husband not as much and we chatted with them for over half an hour. Fantastic!
It's been a super rough time in this ward but it's starting to pick up. Work in progress. These aren't even half the miracles we've witnessed but the biggest and the grandest of the week.
Love you all and talk to you next week!

(i love my job)

I forgot to add a part under Wednesday.

Wednesday.
     Not really a miracle to start off our morning but.. I died. Seriously.... Okay. Not really. Our District Leader likes to go off and do what he wants in his own random way... The training was on Ch. 12 of PMG "Baptism and Confirmation" and got stuck on the point of how our church is strange if we don't explain everything clearly and simply. He took other religions that are weird to him like one who "sacrifices" people for their religion.. I don't know quite what to do..
      Next lesson with Charlie that night (We're meeting with him more now that we have a date and it's closer than we thought but luckily he's taken them who knows how many times).  We went through the next set of lesson and he didn't make ONE inappropriate joke! If you know Charlie or have ever taught him, that's a miracle in and of itself. He also called us before the lesson and said he read ALL of the pamphlets! He CALLED us to tell us he's keeping up and exceeding on the homework. Are we sure this is the Charlie that's been taught for the past forever?

(i love my job)

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