I'm just going to focus on the highlights of this week due to the lack of time I have because I've been trying to send pictures without a memory card reader or a camera cord. Technology these days, can't live with or without it!
We watched the Restoration DVD with R. on Monday, and she absolutely LOVED it. She wants to watch a full length DVD of Joseph Smith and his life. :) We brought a member with us and they really connected about their past lives. R. came to church along with her granddaughter Ka. I was asked to speak Friday about the Mormon Message 'Reclaimed' and I managed to write it in 50 minutes during personal study Saturday, and practice it Sunday morning. It was so cute because R. told me I should be a minster. Call me Minister Sudweeks! :P
Here is the link if you want to watch the video my talk was based on:
It was cool because we went to Waffle House about two weeks ago, and this guy named C. came up to us asking what church we go to. We got his number, and we met with him on Saturday and taught him the Restoration. His Mom A. came home right before we were about to finish up, and she saw that we gave him a Book of Mormon. She took it from him saying that she needed this more than him, and so we gave her a copy of her own so they could each have one. As we were leaving she asked the member that came out with us if we had any additional Bible studies, and we told her about the cottage meetings we have every Sunday at 6pm. (It's where people come together at a member's home, and investigators and recent converts can ask any questions that they have.) A. was going to be in Atlanta on Sunday, but she said that she'd try to come next week, plus church since C. told us in the beginning that she was looking for a church, too. But he came to all three hours of church, and he had a LOT of questions. We're looking forward to teaching him more because he doesn't have a lot of knowledge about the basic principles, so it's refreshing to teach someone very simply.
Ci. has still been sick with her cold, and we're afraid that it's going to turn into pneumonia. Her husband L. still isn't back from hunting yet (he should be back this week) so we've been praying that she'll get well so she can meet with us again.
We had zone training and we were able to go to the temple, and have all of the stake presidents, bishops, and ward mission leaders for the very beginning of the training.
|Atlanta, GA Temple, November 5, 2014|
|Taking notes at Zone Training|
|Listening carefully to the instruction from our leaders|
Our stake needs to be focusing on reactivating and finding the YSA less actives in the stake, because we don't know if they've married, moved, or still here. We've been struggling to find investigators recently, and ever since we've been focusing on YSAs, we have been finding investigators. :)
|Celebrating my year mark on November 6th! Don't you love the family calendar my sisters put together?|
An. never got baptized last week, and it's a bit of a long story. We haven't gotten in contact with her Mom recently, and we're worried that her Mom may have gotten offended. We're going to continue to pray that we'll get in contact with her.
It was cool because we were going store contacting, and we went to a store and we just KNEW someone was there that needed to hear our message of the restored gospel. We walked in near the boots, and we met this woman named B.. She went on about how cute we were, and how God told her to stay till 8pm at work, and she was supposed to be off by 7pm. She had no idea why she was staying, until she met us. We started to teach her more about the Restoration, and she was so excited because (1) she just moved to Covington, (2) she has been looking for a church, (3) she wants her 16 year old son to get into church, and (4) she's been asking God for guidance. We were just flipping out as we were talking to her! She was the sweetest woman ever, and she told us that she knew that we were Godly people before she even saw what we were holding and our name tags. She didn't know her schedule yet for this upcoming week, but we got her number and she's so excited to meet with us!
We had an AMAZING lesson with D. and his family with the seminary teacher in our ward. She was explaining the Book of Mormon so enticing, and I was completely enthralled as we went over the Parable of the Ten Virgins. We have never seen them so focused in a lesson before. We're pretty upset though because they didn't come to church like they said they would, and they didn't come to the cottage meeting either. They're no longer on date to be baptized this Saturday because they haven't had all of the lessons, and they aren't keeping their commitments.
I had some pretty funny stories happen this week, and we'll see if I have time to mention them all! Long story short we met this guy named Ja. as we were tracting, and he respected us a lot for being missionaries. We talked to him more about the Restoration, and the Book of Mormon until we saw this red hornet starting to buzz around. He yelped, "I don't want that red hornet in my house!" as it was hovering by the edge of the door. James practically slammed the door, and yet the red hornet made it's way inside sneakily. We yelled through the door, "Can we come back another time?" and he yelled back, "Sure!" Man, those red hornets strike again!
One last one was that we were waiting for a left hand turn during commute traffic, and I let a car get into my lane because they were trying to turn into it. Then another car aggressively got in front of me without me wanting them to. The semi truck behind me got really mad and started to honk his horn at me over and over again as it turned green. I was trying to do a U turn but failed, so he proceeded to honk his horn every time he saw my brake lights go on. He was so mad at me, but thankfully I was able to pull into a parking lot and get away from him. Not so much funny, but I'm never going to forget that left hand turn lane for the rest of the time here in Covington!
Happy Fall Y'all! :)
P.S. This is the Mystic Grill from Vampire Diaries :) They film part of it in Covington in the Square