K to start off I’ll tell such a terrible story. On Monday night we were over at a family’s house for family home evening and they have a HUGE backyard with like a few horses. Well, this little kid filled up some water balloons and we were having a little war. And we were wearing our shirts n ties! Well, I chuck one at elder Ewing and it nails him in his stomach and it didn’t even pop. So it drops and he picks it up and starts chasing me across the field! Well I’m like legit on a full sprint cause I’m wearing my fav J Crew tie and I didn’t wanna get it wet. Well eventually he misses and I walk up and I just smell something terrible so strong. First, naturally I check my shoes. Covered in horse pooh lol. Then, I check my pants. Covered in horse pooh lol. Then, I check my shirt. Covered in horse pooh lol. Then, I check my arms. Covered in horse pooh lol. I was just running through this field of straight pooh and it was just flying up everywhere lol. The miracle, however, is that throughout all of this, my tie remained spotless!! So ya I ruined like a whole outfit so that kinda was a bummer but it was a good memory!!
Then on Wednesday we had another crazy experience. We ran into this lady who is an excommunicated member from the branch that used to exist here but then they all got excommunicated because they went all apostate and we’re doing polygamy and giving women the priesthood. Pretty wild stuff and a super sensitive subject for members here. So we ran into her and we started just lightly chatting with her and it was wild. Eventually we just got into the whole story of how all that crazy stuff happened. She told us exactly what was going on and how it started and she was just really opening up to us and how bad she felt about the whole thing. It was so fascinating I feel like a documentary needs to be done about that whole situation it would be awesome. Weird weird stuff went down. But at the end, we were saying goodbye and she was like “danke for talking and listening to me. That really helped!” I felt so good walking away! Some people just need someone to be friendly to them.
But a great experience on Friday. So like two weeks ago we were just going through his book of numbers of people that investigated the church at one time or another. And we called this guy and he said we were more than welcome but to call in two weeks. So we called him Friday morning and he said we can just come over that afternoon. So we do. We know nothing about him. So we go over and start talking and asking questions and he thought that a ward member had sent us to him or something. Apparently the day we called, was the first day he went into the hospital and we were THE ONLY people to call him all day. Not one other person called him except us. But we just told him we felt like calling him even though we never met. Anyway, apparently this guy has a history with the church. He was an an investigator a number years ago and was literally walking to his baptism, when the elders drove by and waived and didn’t give him a ride. He got so mad (he has asthma) he just turned around and went home. But even though he hasn’t met with elders for a few years, he still has been reading in the Book of Mormon. His favorite song is “I know that my redeemer lives” he just kinda has a problem with some of the people and the rules. But at the end of him telling this story, I just kinda paused and was like, “well do you have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ?” And he was like “naturally” and I just told him then it doesn’t matter what other people do, that important thing is that we do what we know we should. We are meeting with him and Thursday and he said he for sure wants to get baptized this time!! I’m so excited! Hopefully this week we can set a concrete date!! His name is Marion!! Yay!
Then on Saturday I got a call from Pres and he asked me to be the district leader out here so that’ll be something new I guess! Change and new things are always good! Just pray for me!
All is good!