|Sam Houston Monument|
Ok, I don't have lots of time today. We won the zone competition and the mission surprised the zone activity on us today. We went to Huntsville and looked at the Sam Houston statue, saw some other historic stuff, and then the elders, some sisters, and President jumped a fence and played soccer while Sister Mortensen, Sisters Liljenquist, Bates, Neidirt, Davis, two of the Mortensen daughters, and I went and looked at the antique shops in historic Huntsville. It was fun but took longer than expected!
So brief week in review. We got cornered by the mission president and after talking with us and promising blessings, he committed us to find (tract) between 6 and 8. We saw a part member family and then asked if she knew anyone's door we could knock on. She said she didn't know anyone, but pointed to a house and said they were new. So we knocked on her door and she was on the phone. Usually that is the point where they tell us to leave, but she hung up the phone and invited us in. We were able to teach her the Restoration and she is awesome!
On Tuesday we helped the Klein Oak elders with one of their investigators. June struggles with depression and since Sister Liljenquist does too, she said we would go talk to her. When we got there June was sitting in a dark room crying. An hour and some awesome talks later, she had stopped crying and when we left she was smiling and she looked like a totally different person . We helped a recent convert bake for a bit and when we went tracting that night no one opened their door. All except for Kurtis (I keep trying to call him Craig, but that is not his name). We were able to talk to him for 20 minutes and he seems solid.
On Christmas Eve we saw a less active, had a lunch appointment, weekly planned and then we did some caroling. Didn't work out quite like we thought, but now we know.
|Christmas Day with Sis Liljenquist|
On Christmas day we took our gifts to the Ruckers and opened them with their family. I love the bracelet and the box. The other package you sent still hasn't come yet, so you might want to check on that. We then had breakfast of pancakes and deliciousness. We then went to another member's house for second breakfast and games. We played Mormon charades and I beat children at checkers. Then I got to talk to the best family ever and that was great. We then went to the house we were having dinner at and were there for the rest of the night because dinner wasn't ready for a long time. So we got to make awkward small talk for a few hours. Good Christmas though.
On Friday we had district meeting. Then we tried by a less active/recent convert family. We were able to have a good talk with them and make a plan for them to come back and go to the temple. They have so much promise! We had dinner at home and then we did some tracting and saw a member and made plans to get the YSA sisters in contact with her daughter.
We saw some investigators and recent converts on Saturday morning and then stopped by potentials. We then went to see a member and while we were there our dinner canceled. The member we were visiting said we could stay for dinner and that was awesome. We ended up being there for a long time, but it was good for her.
|Missionary Gingerbread, the blue candy |
represents the Book of Mormon
Sunday we had our missionary meeting and ward council. It is freezing in Texas now (not really, but 42 is pretty close). Lots of rain and cold. Luckily we were at church :) We had good lessons and meetings and then we had a good appointment with an investigator the sisters hadn't been able to meet with in a month. She is studying the Book of Mormon on her own, footnotes and index and everything, it is pretty awesome. We then were able to have dinner and then go out with a member to an appointment with one of my favorite investigators. She totally needs the church, she is already making changes in her life and she is awesome! She is totally getting baptized, she just doesn't realize it yet.
Well, thanks for being awesome family! I talked to President and he said I have to move my application into his inbox, so I will see if I can figure that out today. Love you!