Monday we had a member take us out to do visiting teaching with her. Our mission is working on getting the visiting and home teachers to do that so that we can set up appointments to go back and visit with the less actives. Sister Brimhall is really good at doing that:) Then we went to Jackson to be tourists! But sadly none of the museums were opened because it was a Monday. We went to the State capitol. It was so neat, one of the security guards was excited to see us and pulled something out of her desk. It was a Book of Mormon from previous missionaries. We talked with her for a minute. She was so sweet! Then after we looked around we went into the gift shop and the lady, Emily, knew exactly who we were and said how much she love all the missionaries that come in! We weren't able to stay long because we had to get to a dinner appointment in Ridgeland at 4:30. Nikki Beck makes the best Chicken! It was covered in a spicy BBQ sauce. Yumm!
Ooh we also tried some delicious Carmel cake! I'd never even heard of it but I guess its kinda a big deal around here.
Tuesday we went to visit Wanda. She is a less active member and goes to another church. But she Loves the Book of Mormon. we shared some verses with her and she was so excited about them and wants to use them in her seminar that she will be a part of this coming week. (slip some BOM verses into a bile study!) We tried a lot of people and had some appointments that fell through but while tracting we met some people that knew members and said we could come back later. So that's promising:) The Roberts had us for dinner. They are so much fun!
Wednesday we had DDM and went to this BBQ pit for lunch! YUMMM! we had planned a neighborhood to tract but it was gated so we didn't know if we would be able to get in. when we pulled up the gate was wide open. We drove in and parked the first house we went to a women greeted us. her name is Mary. She told us that she had grown up Mormon but when she got married she quit going. she was getting ready to leave but said we could share a message with her Friday at 130. We kept tracting and met Karen and Roger who invited us in and we were able to share a message with them about the restoration of the Gospel. They were very sweet but not too interested right now. A seed was planted and next time they meet missionaries things might change! then we met a few other people who were very nice. one was Elizabeth who asked for us to come back Thursday when her mother- in -law would be there also. Wednesday night we began exchanges and I went to Jackson with sister Devenport!
Thursday I rode my bike for the first time! The brakes weren't working so we weren't going to ride but then at the last minute, I magically fixed them! We started riding and rode past a lady pushing a stroller. then we decided to go back and talk with her. She said she would love to meet with the missionaries and gave her number. Most of our appointments for the morning fell through but we still met with some great people. We met a less active who was very sweet and ended up coming to church on Sunday! While tracting we also met a woman who was eating dinner but wanted the missionaries to come back and gave her number! We hurried back to the apartment to get the car so we could go to a teaching appointment. we were teaching a 10 year old her last lesson before baptism... we were there for over 2 hours! It was a pretty interesting lesson. The mom is a member but has been less active. she just finished chemo and they are moving but she has a strong testimony and wanted her daughter baptized before she moved. Random kids were in and out of the house the whole time. some of them joined in the lesson for a little bit. It was quite a different lesson than most. We were late for dinner with our companions by an hour! They were waiting for us at Olive Garden where we were finally able to use our gift cards a member gave us. We had a good time then headed back to our apartment for reviews.
Friday after weekly planning we headed over to Marys home for the appointment we had scheduled. when we got there the gate was closed! We tried to get ahold of her but couldn't and we had no way of getting in. Then a truck pulled up be hide us. we pulled out of the way and decided we needed to just follow the truck in. Well we got to marys and no one was there :( Sister Schulthies didn't have time to visit Elizabeth on Thursday so we decied we could go visit her she lived on a different street in the same community. As we turned down the street we saw a very frightened older lady pushing a baby. then we realized that was wrong. Elizabeths dog was in a fight with a pitbull sort of dog that had gotten through the electric fence! I jumped out of the car and went to the home of where the pitbull lived to get the owner. she came out and both ladies were screaming at the dogs.... which was getting nowhere. the dogs were bleeding all over. We honked the horn a bunch and somehow the dogs separated for a moment. I had gotten the baby in the car so she was safe then the grandma got the baby out and let Elizabeths dog in! it was the only way to get the dogs separated! so I jumped out! The owner took her dog home and we found out the lady with the baby was elizabeths grandmother. WE got Jack out of the car but the seats were bloody and muddy. We walked to Elizabeths with the baby and grandmother while she calmed down. her husband told us to bring the car up and he would clean it out. then Elizabeths Husband got home found out what happened, looked at the car, handed me $200 and went to the neghbors house! um we cant accept money from people! well we got the ok from our fleet missionary to take the money to get our car detailed. Elizabeth showed up and her mother in law kept telling everyone we saved their life... it was quite an adventure. Well we went to get our car detailed and met 2 men at the shop. one knew a ton about Mormons. and the other asked us a ton of questions. We were definitely where we needed to be even though our plans got completely altered. it ended up costing only $100 so we will be able to go back and talk with Elizabeth again to return the money. Then we went to Karens. She is a recent convert. She's going through a lot and we talked about trusting in the lords plan.
Saturday Erica the girl I taught on Thursday with sister davenport was baptized! Then after we watched the womens Broadcast. Wasn't it amazing!?
Sunday we went to the Raytown branch then tried a few people and tracted with no luck. We couldn't figure out what to do so we said a prayer. right as we were getting ready to go to a new area to tract we got a message from sister peeler. She wanted us to come visit and she wanted a priesthood blessing! wow she is less active and we had visited her twice then she said she didn't want any contact from the church so we were surprised to hear from her. well we tried calling her home teachers and about half the ward and couldn't get ahold of anyone to give her a blessing. finally we decided to call Chad Hill. he came home from his mission about 2 years ago and was ready and willing to come! we had a great visit with her and she received a beautiful blessing of healing as she had just had surgery. and that was my week. Quite eventful!
Remember faith precedes the miracle! If we have faith we must act on it then we will see the miracle but we have to exercise our faith!
LOVE LOVE LOVE YALL!