We had some fun experiences this past week that made it pretty interesting! Late last week we took our car into the shop to get a section of the carpet fixed, and we were told that the car also needed new pistons! The car is in the shop for about a week and a half, so on Monday we got another mission vehicle so Elder Hunziker and I could go to all the different meetings and appointments we have.
I saw a lot of tender mercies as we tried our best to find people to teach and help the investigators we already have grow in the gospel. The Lord has helped us know who to continue teaching, and who we unfortunately needed to stop visiting for a little while. Elder Hunziker and I feel like we are now able to focus on the truly prepared people, who are really searching for the gospel in their lives.
Part of what made this week so weird was all the interesting things that happened throughout the week! One day I woke up with my right eye completely red and swollen. It hurt to blink, and I had an aversion to light. I was a vampire! Because I couldn’t go outside (it was a sunny day too!) without pain, we studied and contacted our investigators via the internet in our dark bedroom! By the afternoon time, my eye was feeling better so I wore sunglasses outside, and we sat in our car with the windows down, talking to all of the people who walked by! Both of us had on thick black coats since it was pretty cold. I’m sure we looked pretty suspicious! 😂 Even though we didn’t have a lot of time to proselyte, the Lord blessed us with people to talk to, and new investigators to begin teaching! By the end of that day, my eye was doing great. Elder Hunziker and I talked about it, and we felt like there was someone we needed to talk to that day that because of our situation, we were able to touch.
Another fun experience happened one morning—we were outside contacting people we saw outside, and met a man in front of his house, digging around in his car. He wasn’t very interested in hearing us out, but referred us to his neighbor, who he said would probably be interested. We visited the neighbor without telling them their neighbor told us to visit, talked with them, and found out they weren’t interested either. Then, the neighbor referred us back to the person we originally talked with! 😁Two neighbors referred each other to us!
Another day we met a man outside one of the apartment complexes in our area waiting for the bus. He told us he was writing music for his church, and sang us the first verse of a Christian song he was in the middle of writing, and it was pretty good! It was interesting as we talked with him about his beliefs that he believes similar things than us, for example, that there is more than one being like God. We were able to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon that he really liked that went along with our conversation, and he was totally willing to accept a copy of it at the end!
Saturday was a pretty good day too! 😁 We had a delicious pancake breakfast, courtesy of my wonderful companion, and when I opened my birthday package we all died laughing. Shoutout to my family for being the biggest goofballs ever! Especially the card Mason sent me! I can’t believe I’m now 20 years old! I’m officially out of the teen years. It felt like such a short day because of all the meetings we had. We had ward coordination before dinner, so that took an hour out of our proselyting time. We went out to dinner at a local restaurant chain called Sheri’s, which I’m convinced has the most amazing pie in the world! They have something called pie-shakes that are to die for! Following dinner we had a baptismal interview to conduct in Woodburn for one of the investigators being taught over there, and it was in Spanish!! I had the opportunity to conduct it! It was a great birthday present! My Spanish is getting a little rusty! 😅 All in all, it was a memorable birthday!
I learned a lot about faith this past week. Alma 48:20 says:
20 And thus they went forth, and the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were free from wars and contentions among themselves, yea, even for the space of four years.
When we are humble, we become highly favored of the Lord because we are exercising faith in Him to do His will. We are like children, and are obedient to Him because we love Him. He then in return blessed us with all manner of blessings. I know being humble is sometimes hard, but the Lord rewards the humble and lowly in heart!