It has been a long, hard, week. Story of being a missionary. But I love every minute of it! We haven't barely had anytime to rest. If we forget to schedule meals, we forget to eat meals, and by 10:30 we're like.. wait a second. Did we eat?
So last week, Elder Brooks and Elder Keith decided to get hair cuts on P-Day. It was HILARIOUS. They went in to a black guy barber shop and hair was thoroughly destroyed in the process. But it was an experience thing, so you just gotta love it.
On Tuesday, We had a full crazy day of service. It was 90-some odd degrees with a thousand percent humidity, and we were out weeding, mowing, spraying things down, the whole shibang. One thing that I've really learned is that Service is so important! It really softens the hearts of those around you.
T, our stubborn investigator who usually doesn't let us help, was totally cool with us spraying down his drive-way, and then we sat down and talked scripture. One day he'll come to church. And that one day is this Sunday (fingers crossed!) because I'm giving a talk. But he seems a lot more open about it now. He thinks he doesn't need to come to church because we as individuals are church or something. But one day he will come.
After we visited with him, we went over to S____'s. MIRACLES. I tell you what!! We get there, start walking to her door, and we hear a voice say, "she's not there!" It was the Elders from our neighboring area. So we go, chat with them, call up S____, and she screams over the phone "I'M AT THE LIGHT!DON'T LEAVE!" So we're waiting and she pulls in sobbing. That day, all of her adoptive parents stopped letting her visit the children. One of the daughters was mad because she never got to see her, so the daughter called one of the adoptive mothers and ask that her mother to talk to the mom so she could visit S____. It all kind of blew up, so she can't see or talk to any of her kids. It was a mess. We read with her D&C 121 because that's the scripture about Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail. You know she's having the hardest time. She lost custody because she went to work and one of her sons left while she was at work, and so there wasn't an old enough child watching them, so you know how that goes, and she lost all of her children because of it. One of them is 18, so she can see him. But she has had a hard life. She told us a lot of things that have happened to her in her life. Life ain't easy when you're growing up in Detroit. And now, she just wants so bad to be baptized and be clean, but she's struggling quitting smoking. But she was telling us about how her heart was completely broken and she pulled in and saw 4 missionaries standing by her door, and she took it as a sign. And right as we started talking, it started raining, and whenever it rains, she remembers how important it is for her to be baptized and become clean. She's amazing. But it broke our hearts because we visited her this week and she was smoking. We're so close, but it's that one thing.
In other news, K also wants to be baptized, but she hasn't picked a date yet. I love visiting with them. They aren't technically in our areas but we're given permission to visit them because we don't live in our area and they are our neighbor. They come to Book of Mormon class and strengthen everyone around them. They are just so awesome. We just need to work on the smoking.
O is also getting there. We taught him the plan of salvation this week. We've been trying to incorporate baptism in all of our bullet points or at least a few times, and so we're trying to put him back on date for the 27th. It was really funny though, because O told us that he thinks that he experienced the spirit world because one time he tried this unknown drug, and it left him in a seizure and he saw all of the mistakes he had made in his life and he couldn't move for hours. We explained that that wasn't the spirit world, but then we told him about Alma the Younger. I think he liked that. But he comes to church and all the activities. We're drilling him with reading and praying always!
Then we visited this new guy this week, M. He is a HOOOOT. We talked about the restoration and gospel of jesus christ. He told us that he was actually baptized by Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is invisible, and that he lit his ribcage on fire, but the fire was invisible too. I was trying so hard not to laugh, and I didn't. PHEWWW!!! And then we talked about the holy ghost and a burning in your bosom. But he really wants to get baptized, we just need to get him to stop smoking marajuana haha and maybe some other drugs. He came to church andr really liked it though.
M is doing really well. We're just trying to help her understand the spirit, and the plan of salvation. She really likes the bible, and she didn't understand the pre-earth life, but I remembered a scripture in Jeremiah that says "Before you were in the womb, I knew thee." That really helped her a lot. She really likes how the spirit feels at church. she's church shopping but so far, likes ours the best. But I think people give her flack about coming to our church.
My first investigator, Michelle, is getting baptized on Saturday in Grand Blanc. I'm so happy for her. She was as golden as gold comes and I'm sad that I haven't seen her since we taught the gospel with her. But I"m hoping I can go, but I'm not sure if I can because it's pretty far away. But I know that she is so excited to get baptized! It's awesome seeing these people so stoked for baptism. Everyone should be! Anyways, thats about all I can think of right now. But life is good, I'm staying strong. It's my comps birthday on Thursday, so that's exciting. Loving missionary life. Tomorrow we're biking all day. We'll see how that goes.
Love you guys!