Monday, September 29, 2014

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Hey everyone!

We had a pretty solid week that had a lot of good adventures in it!

Week Five of this transfer found us in the shop waiting for our car to be fixed (a recall on one of the axles). It took us three hours to before they pulled it out and told us they fixed it but the check engine light came on so we have to go back in today! We went back to Philomath and set up an appointment with John and then we set out to talk to Stan. We knocked and he was home! After talking for a little bit and watching a spider try to kill a huge fly, we helped him unload wood from his truck and after he let us in and we taught him a little bit. Tears were shed (not by us) and the Spirit was there! We just hope we can get him to come to church!

Tuesday we went tracting some apartments and we ran into a former investigator who wants us to come by again! We also got some referrals from some non-members so that was pretty sweet as well! We also helped Ben move a washer and dryer into his home. That night, we were out walking and we ran into David (or "God" as he calls himself; he isn't quite there) and he was pretty angry at Brad Pitt for marrying his sweetheart, Angelina Jolie! He had a pen in his hand and the smell of alcohol was evident, so I was worried he would snap and do something with that pen on himself!! Haha pretty crazy. We them set up an appointment with a guy named Mike whose wife is a member but he isn't so we hope we can get him on the path!

Wednesday was probably our most slowest day. We went and contacted some less actives and went tracting but we didn't see much success, but we did plant some seeds!

Ok so I fibbed a little bit. Thursday was pretty slow too! We did our weekly planning and then hit the streets for a good chunk of the day! We did go talk to Birdy and catch up with her so that was great!

Friday was awesome! We helped out with setting up tents for the Corvallis Fall Festival before district meeting. After district meeting, we had district lunch before heading back to Philomath. We went tracting on a street that Elder West felt prompted to go on and the first guy opened his door and told us we were wasting our time. Nice. Down the street however we knocked on this lady's door and she took a Book of Mormon and had a lot of questions about youth programs and the Book of Mormon! It was sweet!! We then picked up another potential and met with a less active named JR. We decided to save miles and bike out to JR's. Well, there are several huge hills and we both almost died! But we made it and it made for a sweet ride coming down! We also talked to a guy named Kyle and he had a lot of respect for us and told us we were changing America!

Saturday we went to Lobster Valley and had dinner and a lesson with the Bradburys. Along the way, we talked to some less actives, some who were pretty angry at the church and some who just had to work a ton.

Sunday we drove out to Eugene to see PeeWee get baptized! He was one of Elder Wests investigators and we got permission to go down and see him get baptized. The Spirit was so strong there! He was so happy and his wife was pretty happy to, considering she had been waiting two years for that moment!

I love you all so much. Thank you for all the support you have given me! I feel like David going up against Goliath some days. David went into battle with what he knew to fight Goliath and he came out on top. I might not be the best at scriptures or stuff like that, but I have a testimony of this church and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I love being a missionary!

Love you all!

Elder Tonini

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