Phew, I feel like it’s been a year since I wrote last.... was that really only 7 days ago??? This week was a growing experience for me, because I got the opportunity to lead 2 exchanges, with sisters that have been out for less time than I have, therefore making me the 'trainer'. Let me tell you, Miracles happen on exchanges!
On Tuesday, I got to enjoy Sis. Ballard (distant relative of the apostle!!! no pressure, right? ;)) and Sis. Houston for my first exchange. I was so worried, because Sis. Gardner wasn't there, and she's the one that usually leads the companionship. I was so afraid that all of our appointments were going to fall through, and I wouldn’t know where to go or what to do... and sure enough, we got stood up 2 times in a row and were left with around half an hour before our dinner appointment. I was praying so hard that I would be able to figure out where the Lord wanted us, and then, I got a subtle impression to go knock the houses around our apartment... even though we had knocked those houses a few days before. I was confused, but I went ahead and voiced the prompting, and we went. We knocked 4 or 5 houses with nobody home, and we were about to turn home, when we decided to knock one more house.
*inside door creaks open*
We couldn’t see who was inside, because of the glare on their glass door, so I just kind of awkwardly plowed into a door approach...
"Hello! My name is Sister Derrick, and this is Sister Ballard and Sister Houston! What’s your name?"
"Oh! Rebeckah! Nice to meet you! We're missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! We were wondering if we could share a short message with you and your family about Jesus Christ and his restored gospel!"
There was an awful 5 minute pause, and I was about to turn around and say thanks anyways, when she blurted out
She came out of the house, and we could see how exhausted and sad she looked... she just looked very defeated. We asked if she would like to choose someone to say the opening prayer, and she bowed her head and started praying on the spot. (Which is something that never happens!) We were surprised, but more surprised by how she prayed. She said the most beautiful prayer I've ever heard... it was just a simple conversation with her Father in Heaven. We talked with her a bit, and were astonished to find out that she was a less active member who had moved in the day before! She was baptized 2 years ago, and she had been really struggling, thinking that God had forgotten about her. I know that our Father in Heaven led us right to her, because he knew that she needed to know that he still loved her and cared about her. I know that God knows each and every one of us, and wants us to be happy.
On that exchange, we also had the opportunity to meet Christine, who is one of my favorite investigators, full of spunk and Baptist fire! She had asked Tatiana, one of our investigators, to send us over to her house so she could learn a little more about this church that she had been going to. Christine is a missionary for her church, but feels like it isn’t quite the right fit for her. We told her about Relief Society, and she was SO EXCITED. She came to church with us this weekend, complete with pink crown (it was her birthday) and I HEART JESUS barrette in her hair. She even participated in Sunday School! We're hoping she agrees to be baptized here pretty soon :)
Bryndee and Christine!
My second exchange, I got the opportunity to go to Augusta to be with Sister Lusk. It was so fun!! My favorite person we got to meet was Brother Walker, a less active, and the most sarcastic man I've ever met. He speaks 4 languages, owns two dogs, a turtle, and a flock of ducks, and has an awesome Santa Clause beard. He is also married to a Chinese woman, and his whole family speaks Mandarin. He told me he was going to look me up on facebook, and If he did, he probably has found the link to my blog. So, Brother Walker, If you're reading this, you should really go to church on Sunday :)
Well, that was my week... I know that the Lord had a huge hand in it, and that without Him, I would have never been able to lead these sisters successfully this week. I've never had a calling make me grow and stretch as much as this one has, but I've also never been so grateful. This is truly the lords work, and I am so, so glad.
Have a blessed day, ya'll!
In Georgia they call it Dolla Tree! She thinks she is so funny!
The Elder's tried to scare them...I don't think they did a very good job...That is a very ugly doll though!