I have learned a lot about faith and patience this week. We have been trying so hard to find new investigators lately and we haven't found any for a few weeks. I can't tell you how many times I have read chapter 9 in Preach My Gospel (its all about finding) this week looking for something new to try. We've been praying hard, setting goals, asking for referrals, and nothing has been happening in regard to finding.
On Monday we pretty much spent our evening searching for the elect. They were hiding too well, so we didn't find any that night.
Tuesday on the other hand was a different story! We have been getting lots of referrals for less active members of the ward and so we tried to contact a lot of them. Pretty much everyone we tried to see was home and let us in. That never happens! We met one sister who asked us to come back later in the week to do service for her. We actually had done service for her in the past. Remember when we scooped horse poop? That was for her. So we set up a time to come help again.
We also stopped by a less active man's home who has a nonmember girlfriend. She wasn't home at the time, but he told us she had heard that there are sisters in the area now and she seemed intrigued. He said we should come back during the weekend and meet her.
That evening was CRAZY! We had set up with the Young Women's president to help out with Young women's that night. There are two girls who consistently go to church and Young women's who the Elders had been teaching before we got here. We have been trying to get in contact with their family the whole 6 weeks we've been here, and haven't' been able to. Desperate times call for desperate measures so we helped set up for the Young Women's pool party and shared a message. We waited for a while to see if they would come. We had waited long enough that we were running late to our dinner appointment so we decided to head out. But guess who comes walking in right as we are leaving? That's right, the two girls we were there to see along with a less active young woman the bishop had told us about! We were able to introduce ourselves, but that's about it. After our dinner we decided to go back to see if we could mingle a little more, but everyone left as soon as we got there. Apparently we have poor timing. Either that or the Lord just has better timing than we do and we aren't supposed to get to know them right now. I don't know.
|A member brought us Panda Express|
Late Tuesday night we got a text from the local senior nutrition center asking for help for the next morning. We got some missionaries from the zone who said they could come and told them we would be there!
We got there and ended up waiting around for a long time. It was a great opportunity to talk to people. Apparently, there is a food distribution once a month. They need volunteers there to unload the truck, sort through food, bag it up, and give it to people. It was a lot of fun! I think we might get involved in this one more often! Sister Losee and I got to work next to a man named Bearded Bill, so that was even more fun! We also were able to talk to a man who we had taught the restoration to at the laundromat a week earlier. He was picking up some food.
We had a couple other lessons that evening but nothing too crazy.
Thursday was weekly planning just like every other Thursday. We also had a lesson with a less active member of the ward. We recently started teaching her the missionary lessons. This week we read in the Book of Mormon with her and helped her apply it. She said the closing prayer which was a HUGE accomplishment for her. We were so happy.
On Friday we did service for the sister I talked about earlier in this letter. She needed help digging out sticker weeds this time. That was a new experience for me because I have never tried to dig those things up before. Now I know a new life skill. We were exhausted afterward though, so that was a great way to start the day!
That evening we had dinner with a family in the ward, and they gave us one of the best compliments I've gotten on my mission. They told us that they could tell that we are really trying to apply what Preach My Gospel says. I loved hearing that because Sister Losee have been trying so hard lately to be better with that. I needed to hear that this week.
On Saturday we read the Book of Mormon with Sister Smith again. She asked if she could say the opening prayer. She started crying as she thanked the Lord for the sister missionaries who come to read with her. The two of us got a little teary too. It's always good to know that we are being helpful to someone.
In the evening we decided to stop by an investigator's house. She was home, and for the first time since we have been here, she let us in! We had a lesson and she loved it! We are so excited to work with her!
Sunday was great! We had no responsibilities during the church day. We just got to be there and enjoy it for the first time in forever! We were a little disappointed. We had 7 investigators who had said they would be there, but only two came and they left after the first hour.
Once I had composed myself we went to see that less active man that I mentioned earlier, and his girlfriend became a new investigator! We were able to share a bit about the Book of Mormon with her and we set up another time to meet! It was a miracle! I cried a little more afterward because the Lord is so good to us.
Today has been great so far. One of the sisters in Redlands is having a birthday next week so we had a little party for her.
|Sister Brown's birthday party|
I feel like I've grown a lot the past couple weeks. I'm always learning more how to trust in the Lord's timing and this week was no exception. There are people here in Yucaipa who are being prepared, and we're going to find them when the Lord thinks it's best for us to find them.
Love you all!
Sister Melissa Heiner