So this week was pretty awesome. All weeks are pretty awesome. But this is another week that is... pretty awesome. So last week (which was also pretty awesome) I think I told you that our entire district survived transfers, and we are all staying together in this ward right? Well, they did switch our district leader, so instead of reporting to a 21 year old, seasoned Elder who is about to finish his mission, we now report to an 18 year old boy who is younger than I am in the mission hahaha. Elder Anderson is awesome though. He is whipping us into shape, and crackin' down on all the horrible things that may be against our missionary purpose. Bringin' down hell fire and brimstone!!! But its great.
You know when someone tells you that you aren't doing something right, and you aren't working hard enough and you need to be better? You know how you kind of get all bristly and defensive and miffed? Well thats how we were for like the first two seconds when Elder Anderson started giving us criticism. But I can testify to you that I have learned that Heavenly Father inspires the leaders he calls. We were duly humbled, and the second we truly accepted the counsel, and started changing and applying the things he said, we doubled the success that we were finding that week in two days! I don't know if that sentence made sense, but the point is that if we are always right, God will never have enough room to help us grow. Sister Hale and I were doing good things that we thought were great, but I am so thankful for inspired leaders who give us a wake up call when needed.
Also, here is a miracle for you. We have a few investigators that we are really going to focus on this week, and we have been praying for them to progress. A couple nights ago we get a call right before bed from one of our investigators. Let me back up for a minute. Last week we were at WalMart, and on our way out we recognized a Less Active. She said that she was going to be out of town for a while, and couldn't meet with us, but that she had a friend who had been asking her about the gospel, and wanted her to have us call her because she needed help in her life. Sweet! So we called her friend, and she was so happy to hear from us, and said she would meet us at church on Sunday. And she CAME!! She actually showed up even though she wasn't feeling very good, and stayed the whole time! One of the members came up to meet her and asked if she was visiting. Our investigator looked kind of confused and said, "No, I'm going to be a member..." WHAT?! We hadn't even met with her yet! Then a couple nights ago she called us right before bed crying and crying because of a huge trial that came up in her family that live in a different country. She said she knew she could talk to us, and didn't have anyone else to go to. Then that night at 1:30, we found out that another one of our investigators was going through a hard family trial too. And THEN we get a huge text from ANOTHER investigator that is going through terrible things too!!! And THEN when we were at church, we discovered that ANOTHER one of our investigators is struggling as well with trials. This is all within 24 hours!!!! I am so thankful that we are blessed to be here to help all these people who are going through so much. Even though it is hard, and I am sad for them, it also gives me so much joy to see it, because I know that Heavenly Father is humbling them, and giving an opportunity to understand Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
WHEUF!!! This is so intense... Anyways... what is something funny that happened this week... We played Quidditch as a zone last Monday. We got the rollie office chairs from the Family History Center and moved them into the gym. Then we laid on our stomachs and "flew" around attempting to throw a soccer ball at the "goals." Then someone brought out a few wooden bats "to beat the bludgers with," and thats when we decided it would be wiser to play soccer instead... It was fun up until that point though haha. We probably all looked so weird...
I also got a super creepy letter this week... Apparently someone thinks that it is super funny in their free time to send all the sister missionaries throughout the mission strange Dear John letters... but with creepy drawings.... I'll send you a picture... but anyways haha its actually not that bad... My only hope is that I never see a creature like the one they drew.... Its like Dr. Who meets My Little Pony...
You are all so wonderful, and Heavenly Father loves you so much! I hope He is answering my prayers, and that you are all feeling blessed! (But no Dad, I am not going to pray for you to be blessed with $10000.) Love you all!!!
Sister Baine :)