Hey Everyone! good week
On Monday, we had a great Pday. We went to Manitou Springs with a group of Elders and Sisters. We were attempting to see a place called Graffiti Falls but the road to it was closed for construction. So we explored along a different path and found a cool bridge and cave with graffiti all around it.
We met with Mike and Randi and had an insanely spiritual lesson. Mike talked to us about some things he had struggled with and we were able to talk about it and help the spirit tell him that he is in the right place. Mike wants to be the spiritual leader in the home and he told us that he has felt a spiritual connection with the church. It was super great.
On Tuesday, We went to the office and helped the Vehicle Coordinators with some things and then went to the park to contact people. We went on a blitz with the Fountain zone leaders in our area. I was with Elder Ward for a couple hours and we had a great time! We were able to see a lot of people and found a couple of potential investigators.That evening, we went and had dinner at bishop’s house and then went to Greg and Shannon’s and had a great lesson about family. They had just gotten custody of their 2 year old daughter that had been taken away due to the bad way that they had been living before they met the missionaries. So they have been getting greatly blessed for their diligence in the church.
On Wednesday, we did our studies and then weekly planned for the next week to come. We had to take a late lunch slash early dinner because we had to monitor an emergency transfer that came from someone going home. It was a good drive to all of the places too. We drove to Pueblo and then from Pueblo to Canon City and then from Canon City back to the Springs. It was some good stuff.
On Thursday, we got to go to the temple with all of the missionaries who were hitting their halfway point in the mission. It was such a relief to be in the temple. I love being there and it is truly a place where we can feel God’s presence. We drove up, got lunch at Costa Vida, and then went to the Temple. After baptisms and the endowment, we drove to the Mission Home for dinner. There was a great testimony meeting at the end of the day and then we took them all back home.
On Friday, we had our district meeting at a member’s home in the Soaring Eagles ward for Sister Topham and Sister House’s Birthdays. We did the usual routine and had a great time and then afterwards had burritos and ice cream for lunch. Elder Stark and I played both of their favorite hymns on the ukulele as a duet for them too. After district meeting, we went to help Elder and Sister Mecham clean out someone’s apartment. The only problem was that this apartment was infested with cockroaches. So we showed up and the situation was worse than anyone had expected. There were roaches everywhere. In the stove, in the fridge, in the dishwasher. It was gross. So we helped vacuum for a little bit and then Elder Mecham told us to go home and shower. So we did and then went to go monitor another Emergency transfer. We had a lesson with Mike and Randi again and talked about the Word of Wisdom. Mike was all for it. He has seen the effect that harmful substances can have on the mind and is absolutely golden. Randi was there for some of it too and agreed to live by the standards. Later, we went and supported the Sisters in a baptism that they had that night. It was a great baptism and the nonmember husband really felt the spirit there. After the baptism we went to see Turner, one of the potential investigators we got from Elder Ward, and were able to meet with him and his friend. They are pretty cool people that need a lot of help in their lives. It was a great way to end the night.
On Saturday, we had a conference call in the morning where I got to talk about the value of companionship inventory. This skill is so valuable in missionary life but also in everyday life. It is where, as a companionship, we evaluate our effectiveness together and talk about any differences we may have. After the call, we met with President and Sister Rehm to discuss transfers. We got two media referrals that morning and after our meeting with President, went and contacted them. Both had requested that we deliver a bible to them and we were able to touch base with one of them. We had a good lesson with Anthony and asked him if he would be baptized once coming to a knowledge that the things we teach are true and he accepted! We then had a lesson with Jimmy and started teaching the new member lessons. He is doing wonderful and is enjoying the gift of the Holy Ghost. Dinner was at the Puzzos and we had a good lesson with the kids. It is hard to get the parents engaged but we keep going over to bring the spirit into their home.
On Sunday, I had a bit of an interesting start to the day (like mom last week). At church, we were sitting by Mike and Randi, when Randi started to feel a panic attack coming on. So Mike went to grab her inhaler out of their car but was taking a little too long. Randi’s breathing was getting more struggled and Mike still wasn’t back. So I remembered that I had my inhaler in my bag and got it out so that she could use it. She denied at first but then took it so that she could open up her airway. Mike came a little later and she used her inhaler. I went and got a glass of water for her and she was shaking pretty bad. Mike was there going through it with her and she just had to wait for the meds to kick in. I don’t think anyone noticed it, probably because it was the primary program and all the kids were being too cute. Randi recovered well and made through the rest of church. It was a good meeting! After church, we went to stop by our referrals again, but they didn’t answer the doors. Dinner was on base with the McEchron’s and then we had a lesson with Mike that night. We talked about the Law of Chastity and the Law of Tithing. He accepted them really, without hesitation and knows that doing these things will help him. We picked up an elder that evening that is going home and then took call ins from all the zone leaders.
It was a great week! We have seen the Lord’s hand in our efforts and it is always very humbling. Just remember that God loves you and that this is the greatest work that there could ever be. Love you all.
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