This week was pretty good. We've been struggling with getting in touch with our progressing investigators/investigators on date. We were pretty disappointed to label our most promising investigators as "Former investigators," this week.
Because of this trial, Elder Grow and I decided to work even harder! I learned more about discipline. I also learned how Satan puts discouraging thoughts in our minds when we're on the Lord's errand. It's easy to get caught in a whirlwind of lethargy and levity. As you try harder to be a little better, the "natural man" inside you demands attention. The natural man wants to stay comfortable - to take the easy route when there's an opportunity to become better. That's why good is the enemy to great. It's our purpose to step outside of mediocrity, and become who we were designed to be.
Peter had to "step out of the boat" to walk on water. He could've easily squated in the boat and waited for the Master to subside the storm. But he clung to what he knew was right! He took Christ's invitation, which is to "yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint." (Mosiah 3:19). Peter saw miracles when he battled mediocrity - he walked on water.
Funny experience this week at a member's home. The Anderson's had us over for dinner last night (they invited both sets of missionaries to their home). We asked them if we could do anything to help.
Bro. Anderson said, "If I had a lawn, I'd ask you to mow it," Everyone laughed.
The Andersons were growing basil on their window sill. To give the plants light, they had a LED lamp. Being clever, I offered, "We can change your batteries?" There was a period of awkward silence.
"It's plugged into the wall."
"We can change the bulb?"
"It's an LED; it'll last 30 years."
"... We'll stick around."
My face turned a nice shade of red, and everyone laughed. So embarrassing! And it's always at the member's houses. It's a good thing I don't see them at church every week ;).
There was a snow storm on Thursday. We were commanded by President Riggs to do some service. We didn't have any snow shovels, and we weren't allowed to drive, so we trekked all the way down to the bottom of our area to a Home Depot to buy some snow shovels. Good news! They were sold out.
There was so much snow on Thursday, people are still struggling to walk down the sidewalk without sinking through 4-5 inches of snow.
We're safe and warm, and God is always watching. Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support!