.Let's see. It has been an all around crazy week!!! So I'm thinking far back... So on Tuesday, we taught M______ again. She's so ready to be baptized, but it was weird because Monday night, I got this impression that my work was almost done in that area. I thought that was weird because I would be in Grand Blanc for at least the transfer. The next day, the mission president called me and told me that I was gettting transfered to Belle Isle East. I didn't really know what that meant, but it's the one area where the Sisters are actually in Detroit. It's kind of funny because our Church is straight up in the middle of town and is surrrounded by a fence. I am in a Branch. It's super small, but all kinds of fun! Almost everyone is a convert to the church and almost everyone is black, which is the coolest thing ever. Even the squirrels here are black. Our proslyting technique is "pros-bawl" proslyting basketball. We play basketball and share a gospel message. The gospel makes everyone so excited at church. Occasionally, you'll hear someone shout Amen! when someone talks about how long theyve been a member.My new comp, sister decker is awesome. She tops my crazy, which is saying something!
Man, I've had so much fun over here in Belle Isle. We have a car, but we walk a lot.Let's see what stories I have this week. So there's this lady investigator. She's the freaking BEST. Seriously though. She's known the missionaries since 1995, and she's gone through ups and downs with them, but finally they set the sisters on her and she's giving up smoking and coming to church. She's read the Book of Mormon; she knows the history of the church and she JUST KNOWS ITS TRUE. Her issue was smoking, but she's finally quitting and on date to be baptized on July 13. She is a HOOOT. We took her, her friend , and her friends's daughter to a fireside because I was singing at it. We're going to try and get them on date this week. They are pumped about reading the Book of Mormon. They're awesome! Super humble people. They love the gospel, and they want to make those changes in their lives. what else what else what else.
Then there's this cool referral that the elders sent our way this last week. They met him on the bus, and he said, I met missionaries a year ago when I wasn't ready. I'm now ready. He has some disabilities, but he is also on date to be baptized on the 13th as well. We committed him to keep the word of wisdom, so that's cool. And he loves church. He writes raps about the gospel and shares them with us. He said he used to rap about some dark stuff, but he was like.. I got this rap. And he starts rapping about "REPENTENCE: THE POWER TO CHANGE".He's cool. His next rap is about the tree of life.
We're also working with another lady investigator. But she is a lot more hesitant. She's trying out several churches. Her husband died a few months ago, and I think she's really trying to find whats good. She was struggling a little bit with the Plan of Salvation, but she loves meeting with us and she loves church, so we're working hard with her.
We visit less actives as well. I think the hardest thing that we have to deal with here in Detroit is a lot of them have looked up our history... from the wrong source. And it's hard to explain something when they say, "well, joseph smith changed the history"... or something weird like that. And sometimes they ask us if we're prophets or if when they repent, will they turn white? And we say... of course... sister decker used to be black and look at her now! haha just kidding. But I tell ya! It's cool watching the gospel change people's lives.
Like our first investigator, she just has this glow because she is so excited to get baptized. We were talking to her and she knows how to explain everything in simple talk, like "pastors and other church leaders are ordained by the world. prophets and lds church leaders are ordained by God." She knows. It's awesome.
The hardest thing right now is another young lady investigator. She's, from Liberia. She moved here two months ago for schooling. Her dad is a member and served a mission. Her mom isnt. She's a member, but shes living with her aunt right now who hates the church. she won't let her go anymore so that's been really rough. We've gotten calls this week from Liberia because her dad just found out what was happening. She wants to send her far far away from here because of us missionaries. I don't think she's realized that the church is world wide, so she would have to send her to... North Korea to keep her away from the church because she LOVES IT so much. She's so cute. She wants to go to BYU. We're trying to figure out a way to get her to live with this other liberian investigator named Younger. I think if they lived together, they would both go to church, and it would work out. Younger is one of the elders investigators in our branch, but she's ready to be baptized too. Good stuff. Hmmmm..... Welll... That's about all! I'm the happiest missionary in the world. I love teaching the gospel and watching peoples lives change. It rocks!!!!Also, feel free to add anyone who adds me on facebook. I'll come home and weed through them if theres any one i don't know.
Love sister marshall
G. How could I forget G! Okay G is this old lady from detroit that I had to pick up for church. I was talking to her in the car and asked her how she found the church. She was telling me that she was helping out this old man who was really sick. So one night the elders come over to give him a blessing and then they left. So she goes in and talks to him, and he says, "Once you know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, the heavens will open!" And then he died!!!! Crazy right? So nows she's coming to church! Also, everyone has wigs here! I was talking to this lady, and she was like.... I love your hair, and jokingly I said, I'll trade you! And she legit took off her wig and tried to give it to me! I need to think of a better phrase.
well,love you,sister marshall