Monday, January 20, 2014
This week we had some really great experiences! On Monday, we had a district P-Day in Princeton, Minnesota. We played a card game called Munchkins, and Stategem or something like that. It was fun :) We also realized that we were going to be seeing everyone together the next day for our Zone Conference, so it was going to be a really fun week!
On Tuesday it snowed a lot, and our Zone Conference was cancelled. Our whole day had been dedicated to our Zone Conference, so we basically had no plans. We went around shoveling snow for people that don't pay for their driveways to be plowed (which are very few), and then I felt inspired to go and shovel snow for one of our investigators, who lives not too far from us. We began to chip away at the several layers of ice that covered her driveway, and then she came home in the middle of our shoveling. She was SO incredibly grateful for our service to her, and was truly amazed that we took time out of our day to come and shovel the snow on her driveway. It was great, and I realized that there was a reason that our Zone Conference did not happen that day, we needed to shovel her driveway!
On Wednesday we went up to Big Lake, Minnesota and taught our investigator as well as a part member family. We talked to our investigator about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we discussed the Law of Tithing with the part member family. We had the Ward Clerk as our joint teacher - both lessons went really well! It is always so great to be able to teach with a member from the congregation, not only because it saves our miles, but because they invite a special spirit to the lessons, and the members are more permanent, missionaries can be transferred every 6-weeks.
On Thursday we met with the fiancée of a less-active member in the ward. She has met with missionaries in the past, but hasn't really felt that it was the right decision for her. We got to know her a little better, and she is ever so slightly more open to meeting with us now! Hopefully good things are in the works for the future :)
We had a great lesson with a part member family later in the week with members from the ward joint teaching with us. We talked about the Book of Mormon, and watched a really great Mormon Ad that hit home with our investigator. She really enjoys reading books that not everyone has in the Bible, so she thought it might be fun to read the Book of Mormon. Apparently in the Catholic Bible they have a few extra books that not everyone has, so that is where her interest in other books began.
On Friday evening we met with an investigator and talked to him about the Restoration of the gospel. He was really interested in what we had to share, and said that he is open to discussing philosophies with us in the future. While we know that the Restoration isn't simply a philosophy, it is a good step in the right direction!
On Saturday morning I was WAY sick. All throughout the night I was unable to sleep, and was awake for every hour except for 3:00 AM, so I must have slept a little bit! I had a really bad cold, and my voice was trashed. The members we live with gave me some medications that helped a ton, and I am feeling a lot better now! My voice is slowly improving, and my cold is just about gone. (Maybe delete sections from this part) Later in the day we met with the mother of an investigator. She wanted to discuss plans for her daughters baptism with us. She was really kind, but mentioned that she didn't think February 1st was going to work out. All will be well in the end! The most important thing is that this girl will be baptized.
Saturday evening we taught an investigator with a member from the ward. We discussed the Book of Mormon with her, and were able to make some serious headway! Unfortunately her husband was at work, so we will have to catch him up later, but it was great to see how accepting she was of the Book of Mormon. She has a hard time reading it, so we were able to read with her for a little bit in the lesson. The English can be difficult to understand, especially if you didn't grow up reading it! SO many people out here read the New International Translation of the Bible, so it is simplified and easier to read.
On Sunday Church was 1 hour. The pipes in the building froze, so none of the plumbing worked. We attended Sacrament meeting, and then went home. The church service was really good while it lasted though, and we even had a part-member family that attended! All in all, it was a great week :)
Today we went out to lunch with two sisters from the ward. We went to a restaurant called Space Aliens, so of course we had to take a picture with the Alien. My companion wasn't super thrilled, but I couldn't pass up the picture opportunity :)
Thank you all for your love and support! Your prayers have done some pretty amazing things for me, and I have been able to receive SO much strength from you all. I hope you have an amazing week :) Talk to you soon!
Elder Kyle William Andrews