Holy Cow! This week has been crazy.
I had a new experience on Monday. A week or two before we had met a man, and we decided to go visit him again and see if we could start teaching him. We went to his home and found out that there was a very difficult thing that was going to happen in his life within the next couple weeks. I would go more in depth but I want to respect his privacy. We talked with him for a little bit about God's plans for us and how they are there to help us grow. We got to teach a bit about the Book of Mormon, and I felt the spirit prompt me to tell him that if he would read the Book of Mormon for 10 minutes for the next 5 days, that this difficult thing would not happen.
I was a little nervous. I've heard stories about missionaries promising people crazy ridiculous blessings, but I had never done it, and I was a little scared of saying something so extreme, but I did it! And I felt the spirit so strongly as I said it that I knew it was a promise from the Lord and not from me. He told us that it was finalized and nothing could change it, but I still felt so strongly that the Lord would bless him if he would read. It was so intense and I wanted him to read so badly!
Not a lot happened the next day. We had district meeting and a couple good lessons with some investigators. We did have dinner with the Treeces and they fed us Steak and Potatoes and chocolate cake. Man, it was good! They sent us home with left overs and I had them for lunch the next two days.
Wednesday was great! We did some service at DI in the morning, and then we went to the temple! I love going to the temple as a missionary. It is so rare to have a minute to sit and relax and just think and I really needed it.
On Thursday we went to the mission office to get a new Tiwi installed (A tiwi is a device the mission uses to track the missionaries'
driving). It was probably the most eventful morning at the mission office I've ever had!
We had planned to use our time there to do our companionship study. As we were discussing our lessons we would have that day, we were asked to go find another companionship that was there that morning. We looked in every room, but we couldn't find them. We did, however, find a broken window! One of the office missionaries called the police, but they didn't come while we were there.
When our tiwi was installed we went outside to get some information from the man who installed it, when another man walked up to us. He asked if he could borrow a pen. We gave him one and he asked when we meet, so we told him and he wrote down the time. Then he started talking about all sorts of crazy things like how there's a planet that is going to hit the earth, and a bunch of other creepy things. Both of us were just standing there wondering how we were either going to teach him the gospel or end this conversation. Luckily, Sister Smith from the office was watching on the security cameras and came out to tell us she needed us for something inside. She even gave me one of her special purple pens to replace the one I gave away!
When the coast was clear we left the mission office and went back to our area. We weekly planned and had a pretty normal rest of the day.
Friday there was a ward party! It was a progressive dinner where each course was at a different house. We had steak and potatoes, and naturally they sent all the leftovers home with the missionaries. We went with our ward mission leader and his wife. We had an investigator who really wanted to go, but she wasn't feeling well. We ended up taking her dinner afterward and we had a spontaneous member present lesson with her! I love when that happens!
Saturday morning we got to help with a service project. There's a family here who recently lost both the mom and the dad. The oldest child is only 23 and he ended up needing to move back home to raise one of his younger siblings. He needed help cleaning up the parents' yard so a giant crew of people came together to put the yard in order, including the missionaries in the Yucaipa Zone. It was a sweet experience to get to serve them and to see people coming together to help.
After we went home and got cleaned up we did our studies. We send out an email to the ward every Saturday, so we went to the church to use the wifi. While we were there we heard a knock on the church door around the corner from where we were sitting. I peeked around the corner to see a man in very ragged clothing. He saw me and waved. We aren't allowed to let anyone we don't know into the church so I panicked and hid around the corner. There were some elders in the building and we decided we should find them and send them to talk to the guy. They were nowhere to be found, so we went back to our email while the guy was still knocking on the door. Then the Elders came out of the room and said, "Do you sisters hear knocking?" We told them the situation and they went out to talk to him.
Long story short, the Elders came back and told us that he was from out of town, was running out of gas, and knew Mormons are good people that would help him. We called a member of our ward and he graciously agreed to bring them some gas. I felt bad for freaking out, but I am very glad that we were able to help.
Later in the day we met a cute mother and daughter. They were standing outside and we asked if we could share a message with them. They invited us in and we taught the whole restoration! When we talked about the Book of Mormon the daughter told us her friend had just barely given her one! They are going to read from it, pray about it, and we are meeting again tomorrow!
Sunday was also amazing. One of our investigators
has come to church with his family before, but he only stays for Sacrament meeting. In our lesson this week, he committed to stay for 2 hours, and after Sunday school, he said, "I think I'll stay." And he stayed! We couldn't believe it!
It has been such a good week. The Lord is blessing this area so much and it is such a privilege to get to be one of His instruments here!
Sister Melissa Heiner