Monday, November 18, 2013

First Area Week 2...Hello From Ohio (8-12-2013)

Family and Friends!
It has been another great week here in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission. Like I said before I am serving in the Wheeling West Virginia Ward, but my area covers the half of the ward that is in Ohio. My companion Sister Roberts and I have been working really hard the past week. We have one investigator with a baptismal date and two more that are progressing. We spend a great deal of time working with less actives in the ward. The ward roster has about 300 members but only 125 come on a regular basis. So there is a lot of work on that front but we are super excited.

Last week started off with funeral of a medically less active member of the ward. Clady McGee was in the ICU and passed away two Thursdays ago, so her funeral was last Tuesday. She was an amazing African American lady with an awesome family. She was the only member of our Church so her family was very African American praise the Lord types. So it was way cool to meet all of them. She had a great influence on the people of our ward and all the people she came in contact with.
We have been working with Brother Vanstone, one of our investigators, lately. His wife and stepson are members of the Church and that is how he got introduced to the missionaries. We found out last lesson that he is struggling with his testimony about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon so we are teaching him the Restoration again tonight! He is super great and has lots of potential, he comes to church just about every Sunday. The only thing is he loves NFL and doesn't want to miss his team play to come to church...
Tammy is our golden investigator. She is absolutely amazing. She has been working on quiting smoking and has gone 7.5 days without smoking. We are way proud of her. She has a great testimony of the Book of  Mormon and Joseph Smith. Her testimony of the Savior is also way amazing! I can totally tell that Heavenly Father was working with her before we meet her.
Susan is our other investigator right now and we don't exactly know where she is. We found out this week she has a depression problem and other things and she really wants to know more about the Kingdoms of Heaven and also the Atonement. She is a great lady that can really use the Gospel in her life so I hope that she will progress. She also seems pretty sincere in her desire to know if the Book of Mormon is true. We will see where that goes.
Susan's husband is a less active member that just loves to be crazy. He is a Vietnam Veteran and he suffers from PTSD. He is just wild and out there but underneath it all he has a great testimony of the gospel. We are working on finding out why he isn't coming to church.
Heather is another one of our medically less actives. She is really great and we have seen her grow so much! Last week we went to go read the scriptures with her and she was really upset because of some of the events of the day. She said that she didn't want to read. After a couple of minutes though, she said that she thought we could read one chapter. Well one chapter turned into three and she also prayed for us at the end. She has been struggling with drinking tea and we got a text from her yesterday that said she had thrown out all of her tea! She is super funny and awesome. I am so proud of her.
We also had a great opportunity to go tracting. We decided to try service tracting. We dressed down in our service clothes and tracted that way. We ended up not getting any service opportunities but the people were way nice and we actually got a couple of service referrals that way. Some of the neighbors said that they didn't need anything but that old couple might want help, or that blind lady could use help and stuff like that. None of them where home though, but it was still a great experience.
We go to a nursing home for service every Thursday and that was super great. We helped the residents there paint pictures. It amazes me how much like children elderly people become. They need so much reassurance and kindness. We helped them mix their colors to get what they wanted and also gave them ideas of what to paint. They were all really cute. One of the residents, Mabelle, is 99 years old and hardly looks 75. She is super active and way fun to be around, she has the greatest stories!
When the sisters visited Clady while she was at the nursing home before she went to the hospital, they ran into a lonely old man named Joe Burch. He is the cutest WWII veteran that there ever was. He was in the 101st airborne division that dropped over Normandy. He has outlived all of his family including his children so he gets no visitors. We visit him as a service when we have open time. We visited with him on Saturday and I just totally fell in love with him. He sits outside his room in the nursing home and hands out treats to the residents as they pass by. He is just so giving!! It was so cute, he lit up like a little light bulb when he saw us round the corner. He found out that we didn't have a dinner appointment so he gave us money to go out to dinner. I can't wait until the next time we get to visit him!
Well, that is pretty much my week in a nutshell. My companion's name is Sister Roberts. She is from New Mexico and has been out 12 weeks. We have so much fun together and we are both totally dedicated to the work.
Remember the Lord loves you and the Church is so True!!
Sister Nay

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