My adventures as a sister missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Idaho Boise Mission!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
"You are District 3" -President Cannon
Malo e lelei! I'm learning more Tongan! Palofita is Prophet and ongo'ongolelei is gospel. I could pretty much teach the whole first lesson already ;) haha. But it was a good week. We started teaching 2 new people, I got to go back to my old area, and we had 3 long missionary meets in which I learned a lot! We also met a man named Mohamed tak tak. That was probably the best part.
Tuesday was a miracle day! We had prayed specifically that we would receive more referrals and we were trying to ask for them more and look for more opportunities to find new people to teach. On Tuesday we received 5 referrals from talking with Bishops and just from people calling us. I know the Lord answers prayers and as we do everything we can he takes care of the rest. One lady who called us met a homeless man at Deseret industries and she felt like the spirit was telling her to talk to him and help him. She ended up giving him a ride where he needed to go. She told us that she knew that God loved him and was aware of him. She felt she needed to give his information to the missionaries after she talked a little about the gospel with him. We contacted him that night and he took a Book of Mormon and agreed to meet with us. He's had a hard life and he's made mistakes and I was able to testify of the power of the atonement of Christ to heal and to forgive. It was an awesome experience. We met with him again on Thursday but I was in Meridian on exchanges. But I heard it went well and he came to church on Sunday and stayed for all three hours. He has a lot of questions.
We also contacted this lady that hasn't been to church in a while. She's sick right now and they don't know what's wrong with her. Sister Hala'api'api and I were both inspired to share a message about hope. We could tell she was really comforted. By small and simple things!
We went to contact one of the referrals on Wednesday and sadly she was interested. But we looked across the street after and saw this member lady who also hasn't been to church in a while because she's been sick. She was carrying bags so we went over to see if we could help and it turns out the bags just had empty cans in them so they were super light. She said she was talking them to the recycling place to get money for them. We asked her how much she would get and she said about 4 dollars. She is so sweet. Some people work so hard for every little thing they get. It's inspiring and refreshing to see someone that honest and hardworking.
On Thursday I got to go back to Meridian, my first area! We had a cool experience. We went to contact a former investigator and we thought we were at the right house but we weren't. This lady named Annette answered the door and we started talking to her instead. Turns out she went to primary at our church as a kid and she enjoyed it. She's also read some of the Book of Mormon. She loves the Bible and said she reads it to wake herself up in the morning! She's a really awesome lady. She took a Book of Mormon and said she'd read it and pray about it.
Then we had dinner with the lady who bought me and sister chadderton toilet paper almost a year ago! haha It was pretty great.
On Friday we went to contact a family and on the way into the apartment complex we met 3 guys from Africa. One was named Mohamed Tak Tak and he said he's the only Mohamed Tak Tak in the world. haha He also said he wants to marry an LDS girl. We told him we could teach him about what she would believe. haha. We also met a man named Zola and a 19 year old named Moses and their both LDS! Moses said he's going on a mission soon. On Sunday we were talking to the lady who actually helped teach Zola and she said they had lost tract of him! and Moses is the son of another man that this lady helped teach who just wrote a book about his conversion called "God doesn't write with a pen." Small world!
On Saturday we spent a lot of time inviting people to church and to a dutch-oven dinner next week. It was fun to talk to people. We had quite a few people at church on Sunday. We went to a break the fast with the senior singles in one ward. It was cool to get to know people. One man told us about the hard life he's had and about his abusive father. Some people have had it really rough. I am just filled with gratitude for the wonderful parents that I have.