Seriously, this transfer has flown by! Elder Johnson and I are rockin'
it here in Annandale - we had 3 investigators come to church, and lots
of less actives came, too! It was pretty awesome. We were sitting in
the sacrament meeting, hoping and praying to see some of our
investigators walk through the door. We were sweating bullets, because
they were playing the opening hymn, and nobody was showing up.
Suddenly, blam-o! 3 investigators walk in! Janu, Sita, and Lenny.
Janu and Sita are really cool - Sita is from Nepal, she came to the
U.S. And married a dude from Nebraska. Their son is Janu. I've never
met the husband, but apparently he's been to church in the past with
Janu and Sita. He's in Vermont, now. Janu is 16, and he's kinda
investigating the church on his own.
On a mission, you get the lowest of lows and the highest of highs.
When those darned investigators walked inside... I was struck by the
Spirit - it pierced me! It was like a new chamber in my heart opened
up that I didn't even know was there. I felt Christ's love for our
investigators. I felt really accomplished in that moment, because my
whole mission I've been working on loving everyone, seeing them as
children of our Father.
Sharing the gospel is so much easier when you love those you share it
with. That's one reason why we're expected to develop Christlike
attributes. As our love for others increases, so does our ability to
speak with boldness. "Perfect love casteth out all fear," (Moroni
We had apartment inspections this week. It was only the 2nd time we've
had inspections since I've been here - usually they do it every other
transfer. Bunch of piles!! My first apartment inspection didn't go so
well, the Senior missionaries doing the inspection were super strict
and condemned us for not clearing the air ducts of dust and lame stuff
like that. But this time was great! We passed with flying colors - our
apartment wasn't even super clean :).
Today was awesome - we had the Annandale Zone, first ever, annual
World Cup! It was so much fun! The Spanish zone showed up, and we 4
games of English vs. Spanish. Elder Johnson and I showed up a little
late, but that's okay. We showed up in style with our $10.00 Italia
soccer jerseys :). It was really hot and humid, but we had plenty of
water to pass around. Our ragtag team of English heroes took the World
Cup! Pictures coming to you soon...
We also stopped by our investigator, Romelo's house Sunday night. He
is from... Bolivia? I don't remember. Somewhere in South America. We
were talking to him on his doorstep about the World Cup, when his 2
year old daughter comes running out. He beckoned her, telling her to
come inside. He said, "Illana, come back inside! Woodpeckers,
woodpeckers!" Apparently, his daughter is terrified of woodpeckers, he
was trying to scare her inside. It was pretty darn funny!
Well, that's about all that happened this week. Love you all! Thank
you for the support and love!
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