Ok, I take it back. This week was the complete opposite of last week. Haha there was not one day of blue skies, and we saw snow falling every day this last week, which has made the work a lot of fun! It’s surprisingly not cold though as we go walking and sliding around on on the streets 🙂 Unfortunately, with the masses of snow that piled up during the week, there have been some issues with trains riding on the tracks in certain locations within our area.
I don’t know what it was about this week, but everything just worked out perfectly! We saw some really cool miracles and I’m super eager to see how these new beginnings progress. I’ll share 3 of these with you today!
The first was with a part member family. About 3 years ago, the non-member wife of the family had a bad experience with missionaries that came by and didn’t handle “agency” very well and proposed certain commitment dates on her. She didn’t like this at all and since then has had absolutely no contact with the missionaries. We met her about a month ago and it was obvious that she was very distanced. Her husband asked if we could come by this last week, as we have been working very closely with him this last month. As we came to the appointment, she was very hesitant and cautious in everything that we said and did. Haha it was a little intimidating at first because I understood how fragile the situation was. That morning Elder Smith and I had a great companionship study and felt guided in the lesson plan we had prepared. As we shared this message, her heart softened and we really developed a great relationship. I believe she trusts us a lot now and doesn’t expect us to force her into anything she’s not ready for. By the end of the lesson/eating appointment, we had gotten her young 3 year old daughter to play and play with us (she is super shy and never talks, let alone sit in the presence of strangers), enjoyed delicious italian pasta (she is an Austrian that lived in Italy for 10 years), and really developed a great trust friendship through the Spirit of the message we shared. Because they live a little further out in our extremely large area, we’ll only be able to really visit them 1 time a week but she has a lot of potential! Her name is Alexandra.
The second experience was with another part member family. As we were visiting them, we learned that the Dad and one of the sons were not yet members. While the family was investigating the church 8 years ago, the son was going through a time of rebellion and the dad was always on business trips, so neither of them really had the opportunity to learn. The non-member son, Garin, walked in during the middle of our visit and we developed a great friendship with him. He is about 24 and we had the opportunity to teach a little before running to catch a train. Before going though, we exchanged numbers and asked if he would like to learn more, and he accepted!
The last experience has been a work in progress for the last 7 weeks. There is Familie D that we have been trying to slowly make our way into meeting with for the last several weeks, but the dad has been very stubborn and resistant, although he was the one that originally suggested us calling him. We had the opportunity to eat with them and around the end of eating, the mom began asking questions about what we do and what’s the difference between our church and other churches. We were able to teach all about the restoration and read a little from the Book of Mormon, which fascinated and thrilled them. The husband joked that he thinks his wife will become a mormon… he doesn’t know it but we joke that he’ll become the ward’s bishop 😉
It was a great week and I’m looking forward to the many awesome things for this coming one! Bleibt hübsch, gel??