This week a spider had the audacity to try and spin a web on my shirt while I was wearing it. Now that the bad news is out of the way, let's get to the good stuff, and there's a lot.
Seriously, the best week in the mission thus far. Tuesday Sister Zander and I were walking through a meadow with hills and trees and grass and rivers and carabells and all that when like a 1,000 little girls came running at us asking for Bibles. Okay maybe more like 9 girls. After a quick round of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam we ended up teaching one of their mothers!
Listen, there were many things that I'd expected going into a mission like being tired all the time and meeting people that change my life. But no one warned me about how cute missions are. We have a mission song, it's new lyrics to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic that we sing at zone conferences. There's a verse that lists out the different zones and when we got to the part everyone screamed their zone name with excitement and joy. There's a photo studio here called Colorado it's a tradition that you go and do a photo shoot at the beginning of each transfer as a district. Another example of my cute mission is this thing called BR. When a missionary goes home everyone puts together a scrapbook page about their experience with them and send it to the departing missionary. Even the elders get way into it.
On Friday not only did I have my first zone conference but my first district finding activity! We went to a park and asked people to participate in a project where they' d read one page of religious text and highlight any reference to God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost. Afterward's we'd explain that the page came from the Book of Mormon, At one point a police officer came up to us and I was so worried we were about to get in trouble but she was actually just super interested! She is in our area and we hope to teach her soon.
Best of all, last night we stumbled upon teaching a group of 15-19-year-olds. They were so receptive. Especially a young man named Anthony. He told us a has read the New Testament 4 times and even showed us the copy he carries around with him. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and bore testimony of it's truthfulness and power to bring him even closer to Jesus Christ. That's the strongest I've felt the spirit my entire mission and I pray they felt it as well.