Monday, April 18, 2016

Week #40--April 18, 2016

Well it has been another incredible week! Our bishop came up to us this last Sunday and said something that really touched me. "You know Brown and Wedel, things just won't be the same when one of you leaves." That kind of comment is a bit uncharacteristic of Bishop, but it made us really happy. By far this has been my favorite ward to serve in, and I hope Elder Wedel and I stay here for 6 months! 

We were super blessed this week and found 5 new investigators in one day. We had an amazing District Meeting that morning, and the Sister missionaries suggested to the district tracting with the pamphlets and offering to give 30-60 second lessons right there on the doorstep. The 30 second lessons quickly turn into 5 to 10 to 15 minutes lessons. This approach did cause me to slip up once, and I ended up saying "Hi, we're sharing thirty to sexy lessons." Elder Wedel thought it was hilarious, and so did the guy. So he became a new investigator! So we tracted like that for 3-4 hours and saw such amazing blessings! We were so grateful, especially because we're such freaking clowns, holy cow. Grade A Goofballs 24/7.

We also had a super amazing experience. We had borrowed the car, and parked it aways from where we were planning on tracting because I insisted on walking to "get skinny", haha. As we started walking down the road, we began to argue as to which way to go, and which houses to knock, which resulted in us walking up and down a small stretch of road 3 or 4 times like turkeys. After a bit of this, a Less active from across the street waved us over. We had met with this man before, and I may have mentioned him, but he has lost all belief in God and firmly believes in Aliens, and is not all there mentally, and has become a Do Not Contact, so none of the members drop by anymore. This being understood, we were pretty worried that we were about to get anti-ed or preached too, but he just invited us into his garage and asked us to sit. 

With tears in his eyes he informed us that he'd been really struggling. He was struggling with withdrawals from his pain medication, and for the past few days had been in a miserable state. Finally, that morning, he decided to pray to a God that he wasn't sure was there asking for help. "A little voice in my head" (he said) "Told me to get a blessing from the Elders." He was too afraid to call, because of the rude things he had said to us last time we met him, so he ignored it. The voice continued all day to bother him, until finally he looked out his window, and what did he see? No, not popcorn popping on the apricot tree, but two elders walking back and forth looking for where they were supposed to be.

So we gave him a blessing, and I can honestly say I've never felt the spirit guide me so much while giving a blessing. The spirit was SO strong, and as we opened our eyes, we were all teared up and emotional. (well, I wasn't teared up but I was very emotional) He thanked us and we left. We were on a spiritual high for so long from that. It was so awesome. 

Church is true! 

I love you all so much!

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