Howdy from Philomath!
So this was my first week being a full on missionary! It's pretty
exciting! This was a super slow week to be honest. So beware of a
somewhat dry email until the end! You have been warned!
I already talked a little bit about my Monday went but to wrap it up,
I got Elder West as my new companion later on that night and we drove
into Philomath around like 6:15 and went straight to dinner. He just
ended up unpacking the rest of the night. He is an awesome elder from
Star Valley, Wyoming and I am his first companion who won't be going
home in the next three months haha!
Tuesday we had to go grocery shopping because we didn't have enough
time on Monday to do it. We then went through our former investigators
records and we picked out some formers that we would try to go see and
also the people on our potentials list. So that is what we did! We
didn't have a lot of success... We did talk to a lady who was super
nice (she knows quite a few families in the ward and her son
investigated the church) and she said we could stop by and get water
anytime! Maybe we can plant a seed there!
Wednesday we tried seeing formers again and we actually did have
something come from it! We knocked Kim's door and she opened it and we
talked to her for 45 minutes or so! She is coming to our Labor Day
picnic today so we are going to introduce her to the sisters. We are
really hoping that we can get her to stop drinking coffee because she
said that is what held her back. She also gave us some sandwiches for
a quick lunch.... Not sure how good the meat or the honey mustard were
because we were in some serious pain! Haha!
Thursday was definitely rough. We went and tried a former named Anna
and when we knocked on the door she opened it and we talked for like five minutes. She said she wasn't interested in seeing us again and
proceeded to give us a break-up letter of sorts (which is why the
subject line of this email is a Taylor Swift song!) where she told the
sister missionaries why she wouldn't join the LDS church. It was
filled with LDS quotes and such but she just went looking for things
that were wrong in her eyes and she felt justified in these quotes
(and she wasn't. It was a bunch of hogwash! Apparently we aren't
spirit children of God according to her). So we went home later that
night and we got rid of it. And then not even five minutes later this guy named
Gary decided to try to destroy our faith, especially around the doctrine of the spirit
world. Again, a bunch of hogwash. He contradicted himself multiple
times and said that our spirit remains with our body after we
die....yeah I don't think that is how that works! But besides that,
John R. called us and told us that he was going to church on Sunday!
Friday we had a good district meeting. Me and Elder West dominated the
competition part of it haha and we got some sweet bread from a Mexican
bakery! Other than that we spent most of our day tracting and talking
to people on the street.
Saturday was another day of searching for someone who needs the
message of the Gospel or just service. We drove out almost to Alsea to
try to see a potential investigator but he wasn't home! Bummer! On top
of that he has no phone! We stopped by another potentials home and he
gave us back the Book of Mormon that the sisters had given him...
Sunday was the best day though! We had an awesome sacrament meeting
and John R. came for it! He couldn't stay though because he forgot to
take his meds. After church we had a lesson planned for RJ and we
actually ended up teaching two young men from Lithuania about the
Restoration! They go home in two days but the seed has been planted!
And then after dinner we got a call from the Relief Society president
about teaching the brother of a member who loves out in Lobster
Valley! Although it'll mean asking for rides (it's about 80 miles
round trip), we are super excited to go teach them!
That is how my week went. It was a rough one but we are going to kick
it into high gear these next few weeks! People can try tearing my
faith in the Gospel down but I know that this church is the true
church! Always build your faith in that and the Book of Mormon. If you
do, you can't fall, because there is no doubt.
Love you all!
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