Sunday, March 12, 2017

Work hard, play hard!

This week was so crammed! So many good things happened! We started off the week with exchanges, so I went back to Blaine with a brand new missionary! She started off the day being really nervous about tracting houses and finished with complete confidence in herself knowing God had her back the whole time. The weather was CRAZY that day- a big storm blew in and there was hail and sideways rain as we were driving. We pulled over and sat inside McDonald's until it passed...when life gives you thunderstorms, get an ice cream cone :) She's already an on fire missionary! I LOVE getting to serve with the sisters in the zone, even if only for a day. But as much as I enjoy going to other areas, it felt like home to be back in the YSA! We have an AWESOME new investigator named Keith. He's pretty proud of his reformed Presbyterian background and knows a ton about the Bible...he was pulling out verses left and right! Bonus points for his Old Testament references. At first he was a little hesitant, but as the lesson went on he really opened up. When we shared about the apostasy he was on the same page and agreed that things were changed after Christ died and that His church wasn't on the earth anymore. That's where his pride of all the reformers like John Calvin and Martin Luther came in. We were super excited to share that we loved those reformers too! There have been tons of honest, truth-seeking men and women who did their best with the knowledge they had, and made some awesome reforms that blessed the lives of many people. But we know that Christ's original church has been restored to the earth today through a living prophet in accordance to God's plan and pattern that He's always followed. When we showed him the Book of Mormon and read from it with him, he said, "You know, I think you could convince me that this is all true." But we're not the ones who do the "convincing", all we can do is testify of what we know and the Holy Spirit witnesses the truthfulness of it. 

Yesterday was super cold, so Sister Winters and I resorted to our "bus contacting" approach and rode around campus talking to people. One of the people we started talking to was studying here at U of M, but he was from Vienna, VA. I told him I used to live there and it turns out we went to the same middle school! We knew all the same people, but we don't remember ever meeting each other. It was such a crazy coincidence that my best friends are his best friends, so we couldn't figure out why we'd never met before. AND his sister is going to BYU right now! God puts us in the places we need to be, and it was definitely not by coincidence I met Tanner yesterday! We invited him to the activities we have going on, so hopefully we'll see him again! Another crazy miracle happened yesterday- there's this guy who's been taught for three years now, and he never really progressed all that much. But he had us over for dinner and said totally out of the blue, "I want to get baptized next Saturday. Can we do that?" Um, yeah, I think we can pull that off. So we've been trying to run around and plan the service and make programs and get everything approved by next's no minor feat, but it's the BEST! He's so awesome, we are SO PUMPED for him to get dunked! Speaking of people getting dunked, Victor brought his friend to meet with us yesterday and was telling her his conversion story- it was so cool! She's looking for another church to go to, so we invited her to come with Victor on Sunday. Hopefully she'll want to learn more!

Also while we were out on campus, we started talking to this guy who'd just won a free pizza, so he gave us a slice while we were talking- #score. But on top of THAT tender mercy, it turns out he's attending the School of Music here and wants to be a music producer! He was walking to his studio on campus and invited us to come check it out, so we went with him, and it turns out the studios at U of M are LEGIT! He actually had just come to the realization he didn't have a relationship with God and he really wanted one, so we had an awesome conversation with him about what we do as missionaries. AND he said he'd produce a song for us! So Sister Winters and I wrote a little diddy about the Plan of Salvation, so we'll get to do that before the end of the transfer! 

Shout-out to my trainer, Sister Teuscher, who is now Sister Walker BECAUSE SHE GOT MARRIED!!! You always joked about getting married before I got home, but now I see you were 100% serious #lowkey. Also, shout-out to our mission president's wife for giving us permission to watch Pride and Prejudice with the Relief Society! #romancetrunky It's weird to think that in 2 months I won't have to ask permission to watch a movie...but until them I'm relishing in the moments that I do! :)

 Funny moments of the week: (Actually this will probably only be funny if you served a mission)- We were trying to have a meeting with the zone leaders, but we were the only ones in the institute building and we didn't have rule of three, so the elders locked themselves in the library and we Facetimed our whole meeting from the hallway...afterwards we weren't quite sure if that had actually solved the rule of three problem, but we tried to be creatively obedient! This week was also Elder Cordara's birthday, so we emailed his mom and arranged all his home birthday traditions- it was so much fun! We sneakily decorated the institute building and hid notes from his family and friends around the room. Birthdays on the mission are sometimes hard, but I think this one was a success!  We also had zone P-day which was a blast! St Paul Zone is the best!

Hope everyone has a great week! Love, Sister Bret

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