First of all, thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I know it's not til tomorrow, but you sure do know how to make this missionary feel special! I'm spoiled to have such good friends as all of you. You made me super happy though and truly brightened my birthday for sure!
Kinda a hard week this week because our investigators aren't progressing as well as we want them to but we are still working hard and doing our best to have them accept the gospel in their lives. We did have 2 investigators at church though which was AWESOME! Adrian and Ashley. They both stayed for all three hours too which is pretty much unheard of so we were pumped about that! There was an awesome lesson as well about the importance of the temple and wow that was amazing. I really felt the Spirit then
The trade-off on Tuesday was awesome. We had seven lessons that day which is a ton and an awesome lesson with a member that night. The member has been going through a lot lately and was kinda losing hope and we had an awesome lesson on God is our loving Heavenly Father and he and Jesus Christ know exactly what she is going through. Testifying of the Savior and his love is always so powerful. We actually made her cry the Spirit was so strong there. Just a wonderful lesson that truly helped her regain that hope and recognize God's love for her. God loves everyone and is always there for us and all that we need to do is turn to him. Not only just when the times are hard but especially when the times are good. We always need to give our thanks to Him. (Trade off was with Elder Horsely and Elder Hunt in New Amsterdam)
We had an awesome lesson with a less active family that has been going through some hard times. The father got back into drinking and the mother has no motivation to take her family and children to church. We were giving a lesson on the Plan of Salvation and then trying to get them to come back to church and I testified on the Atonement and the Spirit was super strong from that and then I got the impression to share 1 Nephi 3:7 and was able to testify that the Lord will never give us anything to do that we can't handle. He will always provide a way for us to do the things he wants us to. Just an awesome Spirit there. They weren't able to go to church on Sunday but we're really hoping they go next Sunday.
Thanksgiving was awesome! We went to the Avondetts place (the senior couple here) for dinner and man that was amazing. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie, you name it. Such amazing food and such a great time with all the missionaries. That was a highlight for sure! I hope you all had wonderful thanksgivings as well because you all deserve it! I sure am thankful for each and every one of you!
One fun experience that happened was at night in kinda the ghetto area. I was riding along fine and all seemed well until I heard a crash and I stopped and looked back and Elder Hunt had accidentally crashed into another person who was NOT happy about it and actually kicked Elder Hunt because of it and then Elder Cook was able to get the guy away which was good. He was a little crazy and it was a huge overreaction but oh well. Kept us on our toes and no one was hurt so don't worry about it (even though I know my mom will. Love you!)
All is well here and we're still working hard each and every day. I love you all and hope you had great weeks! Thanks again for the birthday wishes! I'm spoiled for sure!
Cool boat thing.
Classic Elder Cook
No bake cookies
Nice close up
Elder Burr in their apartment.
Puppies and a bird.
The trio. Elder Burr, Elder Cook, Elder Hunt
Sweaty (or rainy) Elder Burr and Elder Hunt
Teaching at President Kirton's house.