First Area Week 4...Have I Done Any Good in the World Today? (8-26-2013)
Friends and Family!
This past week has been a absolute blast! We have had our ups and downs, but who hasn't?
Last Monday we went and visited a less active couple, Randy and Michelle, who are really low income. While we were there we discovered that their wild and crazy dog had fleas and ticks, needless to say we were severely uncomfortable. We went home and took showers and washed our clothes in a big fat hurry. But Randy and Michelle are great! They are good people and they try hard, circumstances have not been very nice to them. Michelle is trying to go back to school and Randy works about 3 different jobs and is a volunteer firefighter.
Another one of our less actives that we work with needed some service, so we went to her house and helped her get some work done there. We were singing hymns and primary songs as we did it and she was just staring at us. She is not all there, so I couldn't tell if she was annoyed that we were singing or if she liked it, but we had fun!
It is interesting to be a missionary and see how wards work and don't work. There was a young man that fell off of a roof about a month ago while he was working. He fell really far and landed on his face, so his face is almost completely shattered and his back is all messed up. He had to be life-flighted to Columbus. Well, his mom and grandmother asked the Relief Society President to help them get someone to give him a blessing like 3 weeks ago. She passed it on to the Elders Quorum Presidency. They never did anything. Last Thursday, the Elders (missionaries) got a call from the grandmother asking for a blessing, her grandson was in our area so the Elders called us. They didn't know the grandson's name or where he was staying at in Ohio, he had been transferred from Columbus to a rehab place out here, so it was up to us to get all that information. We spent the next hour figuring out who he was, where he was, and getting a hold of to men from the ward to give him a blessing. It was really fun. We got to go with the brother's from our ward to give him a blessing and talk to the young man's grandma. It was really a sweet experience! I know that God loves this young man very much and is looking out for him.
I don't know how many times I have said this but, our area book is beyond worthless. We spend so much time taking information that other missionaries have put all over the place and putting it in the correct format. We have found about 5 different versions of an "area book" around the apartment and none of them are set up the way they are supposed to be and accurate in all of the information. So we spent some time working on that this week, we still have a long way to go.
Our investigators are all okay. Tammy and her mother have been pretty flaky the past couple of weeks. Brother Vanstone is slowly pushing through, he has a lot of tough stuff to get through, but his wife has a stellar testimony that really helps him. We did not get to see Susan, but we are praying for her all the time!
Saturday was the best day ever. The Elder's eternigator, Pam, finally got baptized. She finally quite smoking after two years of taking the discussions. It was such a sweet experience to be there at a baptism! It was at 8 ambecause Pam had to work, but people still came to support her. My mom always said that one of the places that she felt the Spirit the strongest has always been baptisms, how right that is!
Saturday we also had the chance to provide service for one of the members. They own a lot of land and animals and they were going to be baling hay! We got there to help and about 30 min in the baler stopped working! So we spent the next few hours trying to fix it. It was funny how we went to serve one thing, but ended up doing the other! Either way it was super fun! We also got to talk to them about their friends and inviting them to church and stuff.
All in all this week has been pretty great! Service was our theme and we loved every minute of each day!
Remember, The Lord Loves You and the Church is True!