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Monday, March 14, 2016

The week of sweets (Mar 7th)

SO. This week has been jam packed with crazy experiences. ARE YOU READDYYYY????

The first one happened last Monday night. We were walking down the street talking to people about the Gospel like we always do, and we met these cool guys and had some good mini lessons (one was with a preacher!)... and THEN! This guy was walking across the street, and called out to us. WE immediately discovered that he was VERY drunk, but he was like "HEY! You are church people right? You know God?" so we started talking, and even though he could barely even walk straight, he said that he wanted to change his life and stop drinking and everything and be closer to God so he could be there for his kids. He barely even knew English, so we told him that we could bring the Spanish missionaries to meet with him the next day. So we prayed with him, and he was crying and everything, but then his drunk friend came over and the guy we prayed with started getting really crazy hahah he was like saying that he kept tying to run away from his friend but he kept following him, and then he would start laughing.... it was funny and spiritual at the same time?
BUT! Then the next day we actually did see him again! And we think he was sober... (he still seemed a little weird) and the Spanish elders came and taught him, and it was great! Anyways.

The NEXT Miracle happened on Friday.... we were driving down the road, and pulled up next to this car, and you know how you look over sometimes and make that awkward eye contact with the other car, and then look away and pretend like nothing happened? Well that happened. I looked over and the other guy looked over, and so I smiled and waved, and he smiled and waved too! Then I was like, I gotta make this not awkward. So what did I do? I bust out the Book of Mormon, and point to it to show him! He started laughing and rolled down his window, and I was like "oh, we about to get a baptism." Just kidding I didn't really say that. But Sister Hale was SO embarrassed and was saying a prayer for the light to turn green. So I rolled down the window, and the guy said "I am already a member!" WHAT???? "WHAT YOU ARE?!?!?!" "Yeah! I was baptized in Ghana and came here!" Then the light turned green, and we started going, but we were flipping out, so he pulled into a gas station to get gas, and we like crazy Jersey Drivers park in a random place that we probably weren't supposed to, and ran over to the gas station. We found out the guy had been baptized in Ghana and now lived in Pennsylvania. He had been inactive for a long time, but he said that he would go back to church, and start reading the Book of Mormon again. Just then, he looked behind us, and a cop had pulled close to the gas station and shouted "HEY! Dont listen to those girls!!!" It was our cop friend, Officer Nick! He was just playing, but we all started laughing, and then we went home. 

THEN!!!!!! The next miracle was that we were door knocking like a week ago in this random area, and found a house where a girl answered the door. No one else was home at her house, so we just left her a card with our number on it, and said that she could call it if she watched the video and wanted to learn more. So last night we were knocking in a completely opposite area, and knocked on this door where a different girl answered the door, and she let us in to show the Easter video to her and her friends, and guess who was inside? The first random girl that we met a week ago! Apparently they are best friends, and hang out all the time. So we showed them the Easter video, and they said it was really powerful and that they loved it. Then their grandma came down and was talking to us, and then their Aunt came home who was a preacher in a different church and we talked to her for a few minuites... so yes, it was pretty cool. 

TTHHEENN!! We kept knocking down that same street and this lady came out from one of the houses and said that she wished she could invite us in, but her living room wasn't ready. So we asked if we could show her the video, and she looked really confused and was like, "I am already a member." What. She said that she was a member and had been requesting home and visiting teachers for a long time... But we looked at her records, and realized that she was one of the members who we had been trying to find for a long time, but her address was all messed up. It was such a miracle! 

Anyways, We have been very blessed this week, and I am so thankful that even though it may seem like we are having NO success AT ALL, that He blesses us with these little miracles and simple pleasures that keep our spirits up. THE GOSPEL IS TTRRUUUEEE!!!! And the Word is good. Love you all and I am so thankful for your prayers! 

Sister Baine.