You know you're a missionary when you are jamming out to instrumental versions of songs. The other day the Assistants gave us a CD that had the Piano Guys on it and it had instrumental versions of Titanium and Over the Rainbow. Sister King and I just about died for the loss of real music but we understand why that rule is in place. Just now while writing this letter Hips Don't Lie by Shakira came on the radio and I about died. Not only for the song but as memories of Noa dancing to this song and her love of Shakira! :) The reason why we are so musically starved is because our area is huge. About half of our time is spent in the car, because from one part of our area to another it can take up to 45 minutes to get from place to place.
This week we had a lesson with Julie and it was great! When she left church last week we gave her a Book of Mormon and the Restoration pamphlet to read. Sister King and I had prepared to talk to her about the Restoration but when we met with her she told us she had read the entire pamphlet and had a ton of questions! We were so surprised and excited by how interested she was. So we just talked about the Restoration briefly and focused on Christ's church being restored on the earth again through Joseph Smith, the priesthood authority (power to act in God's name), and that we have a wonderful prophet on the earth today Thomas S. Monson. She loved that we have a prophet and that our church is Christ's church when he was on the earth, restored again.
We also talked about being baptized at the age of accountability (age 8) and she loved that because she was baptized as a baby and didn't have a choice. She loves that we are given the choice to be baptized and that as kids our parents encourage us and ask us if that is the choice we want to make. She feels it is important to know that you believe in your faith before you are just baptized. She is so interested, has a great relationship with our Heavenly Father, and has SO many questions. She was planning on coming to church on Sunday but about 30 minutes before church started she texted us and told us that she had a bunch of errands to run. :( We were sad but we hope that we can meet with her again this week and that she will come to church. It is so hard not to be overbearing and excited to just force feed the gospel to people; because I know how important it is and how it is going to life!
Rebecca is a work in progress. On Monday a member of the ward took her to a women's shelter in downtown Houston. We gave her our number and hoped that she would call us so that we could be in contact with her. On Tuesday we got the most interesting phone call. "Hello Ma'am, this is the Houston Police Department, I have a young lady here that would like to speak to you." Our hearts dropped... Oh no! What happened? It was Rebecca and she was telling us how she didn't like the shelter because she had to sleep on the floor and wasn't going to go back there. We didn't know where else she would go so we then asked her again if she had ANY family that she could stay with. She provided us with a family friend in Houston that she hadn't thought of. We Googled the name and it was a miracle that the first number we called was the family and they picked up. They went to go pick her up but unfortunately she is not in our area. However, she is only able to stay there till tomorrow and then she has to find another place to stay and we don't want her to go back to a shelter. So please continue to keep her in your prayers, and that she will have the motivation to be independent and driven to improve upon her life.
Sister King and I are continuing to try to be creative in finding new investigators. At zone conference this week we continued to brainstorm on ideas for finding. We call them "magnets". Ways that we can attract people to us. Our new ideas include creating a QR code that is connected to a Mormon Message and also working on LDSSA at the LoneStar campus, which is going to be a little more difficult than we anticipated.
On Saturday we had zero appointments and so we prayed so much that day to be able to know where to go and find people who were prepared to hear the gospel. We decided to go to the park, to Target, and then to The Woodlands mall. We met a couple people here and there and actual got 3 potential investigators from each of the places. We were blessed and it was a great lesson on faith!
Happy Halloween! I love the holiday season as people are reminded of the many ways that God has blessed them. I continually pray for the blessing he has given me. I am so blessed to have this Gospel in my life and the happiness it gives me. I know that if you are searching for the truth that you will find it in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I know this church is true with all of my heart and I'm so blessed to have the privilege to be a servant in the hands of the Lord and be a missionary.
"Try a little harder to be a little better."
|Writing out testimony in a Book of Mormon|
to Pablo. Rebecca's boyfriend's brother.
|Oh Texans! Do you think they could have a little less pride in the State? :)|
|I Love these billboards!|
|Package from home...full of my favorites!|
...I was a happy camper. Thanks Familia! #polyprobs
|Interesting fact: There are no sidewalks where we live so going|
to the park on Saturday was a bit of an adventure.
|Salata at the Woodlands Mall. We placed a Book of Mormon|
on the table while we were eating and definitely got some
interesting glances at our name tags as people passed by.
|Taco food cart #2. We are making this a tradition every P-day|
and finding a new food cart each week.