I love it when new investigators just fall into your lap. That happened twice this week. First was Brett. We were driving around looking for Verson St. and came to the conclusion that it probably didn't exist because we couldn't find it to save our lives. So we pulled over on the side of the road (Machias doesn't believe in shoulders so we were like half way in a ditch but it's fine) and realized that we were right next to a mail box! We got out to find the house, knocked on it, and met Brett. He is 20-30 (apparently the only people we find are single, young-adult, males). He was super friendly though. Turns out he has several friends who got back from missions not too long ago and he said he was pretty open about things. The guy even asked us about tithing, what the heck? So yeah, going back on Tuesday. Should be good.
The other new investigator is Shirley. Not crazy "I want to kill my husband" Shirley, a different one. Remember Anthony from last week? His sister just got back from her mission? Well Shirley is the mom. We had lunch with them and a good visit. She kept saying "I love Jesus. Give em Jesus" (She's from Georgia by the way, just so you can get a feel for the experience) (No, she's not black). But anyway, going back on Tuesday for more.
Update on David: His wife doesn't want to meet but David still does and wants to come to church with us. Woowoo! Oh and crazy Shirley, she went on vaycay with her husband this weekend so no church for her. Ugh...why Shirley?! Wait, I almost forgot Shannon too. We had a great lesson with her. We taught her about faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. So the Gospel of Jesus Christ! She said the prayer at the end, which was progress for her since she never wanted to in the past. It was the most sincere, powerful prayer. She said a lot of things but basically thanked God for the enlightenment she felt and thanked Him for sending us to her.
We have quite a few people in our teaching pool right now which is so great. This week we are going to put extra focus on helping them keep commitments because if we don't invite and help them keep commitments, we aren't inviting them to repent and change. It's important.
Funny story: We were going to visit a potential, Violet. She's super old. When we got there, we found her husband on the porch. He asked us who we were with and we told him The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He said "is that Jehovah Witness?" "...No, we're mormons!" Then he threw his hands in the air and said "Oh good! You can come back anytime!" That was a first...and probably a last.
Other random funny things from the week: We were walking down the street making explosion noises because our minds were blown about something, then we noticed a couple watering their grass laughing at us, so we had to apologize for making explosion noises. Then, we had to help clean up vomit from an 85 year old woman. I would rather have explosive diarrhea. Lastly, the lady who runs the food bank we volunteer at was introducing me to some one and She was like "This is Sister M...Marriot?" I corrected her and she was like "Ah! I knew it was a hotel! At least I didn't call you Sister Motel 6!" She has since been calling me Sister Motel 6.
Saturday was extremely busy. Helped clean the church in the morning. Went to a funeral at 1. It was for Joseph Dobbins. We visited his family often. Even sang with him once, haha. He had really bad eyesight and hearing so we had to stand close and be loud. It was a really nice service though! I know he is in a better place now, and with those he loves. THEN, we celebrated Pioneer Days. Oh mormons...We helped with the little kids and the checkers station. Ate a scone and a few donuts. FED A BABY GOAT. Which is you haven't done, I highly suggest you do. Then my personal favorite activity of the day: walking a horse. We kind of took over the elders job but I'm over it. (They were way into it too, like, cowboy hats and all). So yeah, I walked a horse while someone was riding on it and I tried my best not to kill anyone. Sister Davidson was walking the donkey and a kid fell off of it, lol. I win. I'll hook you up with some pics.
Thanks for reading, have a great week!
Reptile zoo last week. Meet Rocco.
Last district meeting of the transfer! Took a while to get a good pic.
Pioneer Day festivities. Miranda was with us, obviously. She learned how to lasso.
THE CUTEST PUPPY EVER.
I hope they call me on a mission. Oh wait, they did.