Friday, December 23, 2016

Missionaries or Low-Key Kidnappers?

This week has been FREEZING. Literally. Everything is frozen. Our door knobs, our car, our faces. But that's okay, because this week has also been AWESOME. We were able to see all of our investigators! Which is rare because everyone is so busy around the holidays. So that was good! I think the best appointment of the week was with Tanner. We decided we would watch Jospeh Smith: Prophet of the Restoration with him because that movie is SO good, and gives such a great understanding of the restoration of the gospel. So because of the rule of 3 (missionaries always have to have 3 members of the same sex when teaching a lesson- so we can teach any woman by ourself, but if we teach a guy then we either need another girl with us or 2 more men) anyway, because of that, we had to get the elders to come with us. BUT, another mission rule is that we can't drive investigators in our own car. SO we arranged for a member to come get him. The catch is that Tanner is high-key shy and isn't the biggest fan of meeting new people, so we told him we'd be there to pick him up. Which was basically true. So we meet him at the dorms, and tell him that someone is actually coming to get us. Then our ward mission leader pulls up in his bright red PT Cruiser with the elders and we're like "Actually you're going with him. We'll follow behind you in our car." At that point Tanner's eyes get huge and you can tell he's got the whole "I'm about to be kidnapped and sold into the sex slave trade" look going on. But he willingly complies and we head over to Bro Grawe's house to watch the movie. And GUESS WHAT? Tanner TOTALLY opened up to everyone! They're like 4 peas in a pod. So by the end of the evening they're all complete BFFs and Bro Grawe shares his conversion story, and the Spirit was so strong. Tanner said he really understood what led to the restoration of Christ's church and said he believed it happened! #heckyeah #poweroftheholyspirit #andgoodfellowship #gettingdunked

The hours leading up to that event were less awesome. We worked super hard all week and got 13 solid people who said they would come to church Sunday! We had rides lined up for them and everything, and you know what happened? Church. Gets. CANCELLED. I guess -30 degrees was too much for even the natives here, so we got phone calls and emails that no one should show up to church. We were SO DISAPPOINTED and had to call our investigators and tell them not to come. The saddest part was that it was a special sacrament meeting specifically for non-members and people visiting for the first time. My heart was in approximately 5,000 different pieces. But I know the Lord has His hand in everything and I'm sure there was a reason it happened!

Earlier in the week we went on exchanges! It was the best! I was with Sister Eriksson who's from Sweden and she has the cutest accent. It was awesome because everyone we talked to asked where she was from and why she was here, which was the perfect opportunity to bring up the gospel! And she's the most optimistic person I've ever met. It was the most fun I've had in a really long time- even tracting can be fun if you're with the right person! 
Even with the cold weather we've been doing our best to find new investigators. It's definitely more challenging, but I'm so grateful for the chance to teach people during the holidays (and it's definitely toughening me up!). The gospel of Jesus Christ is so important and changes lives- it needs to be shared! 

Can't believe Christmas is 6 days away! Hope everyone has an amazing holiday. (I get to Skype my family, so guaranteed missionaries all over will be having a very merry Christmas). Love you all! -Sister Brett

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