I dropped the ball hard core on Saturday! It was almost a mess, but I did recover the fumble...let me explain: So a sister in the Spanish group who works at a medical clinic, (the one who referred us to Gloria) gave us another referral. With the privacy of her job, she can get fired if they know it was her who referred us. She is literally risking her career just so that people can hear the gospel! Mad respect! Anyway, we head over and we knock the door. Her husband was just deported and she has 6 kids under the age of 7! We taught a short restoration message, and then I said "your name is __, right?" I always forget peoples names upon first contact. She said, "excuse me, but did I tell you my name?" Then I realized I goofed... She never told us her name. I quickly said something like "yeah remember, you told us your name after we told you ours!" She brushed it off, but still was pretty timid, and she stood back a little. I asked for her last name to put in the area book (Already had it), but she refused to give it to us. We will see how this goes! We have a return appointment tonight. We played it off even more by telling her we had been knocking around in the complex, and after she shut the door, knocked on the apartment across. I'm praying that all will be well!
One thing I am sad about is that there will be many baptisms here soon that I won't be here for! We are teaching some really cool people. Sabrina is still on date for August 13, and came to church yesterday! I will miss the member, especially Sister Russo! After working with her to bring her back to full activation since February, she has an interview on Tuesday with the bishop to get back to the temple!! I am so excited!!!
I had my last exchange in this area with Elder Blackham. He is a stud! #futureApostle Anyway, the exchange was not very successful. We had apartment inspections, which we failed because the kitchen was not 100% perfect, and because I did not know we needed to change filters for the air conditioning (it was nasty). That took 2 hours. We were on bikes, since the car was still in the shop from my accident, and then a nice storm rolled in. We were debating whether or not to head out on bikes, so we prayed, and felt we should. We started, and the wind got pretty strong, and the rain really stung. We were biking through huge puddles- our shoes were completely submerged as we were peddling. We got soaked not 7 seconds from being outside of the apartment. That is how much rain. We got down the street and turned into Arbys. Elder Blackham felt impressed to get under cover. We went across a big parking lot and stopped under the overhang of a building. A few seconds after we had gotten under, lightning started to strike and a bolt hit a light post in the parking lot like 25 yards away. The power of the strike pushed us back a little bit! It was crazy! Another hit in the same parking lot. I am grateful that Elder Blackham recognized the prompting and that we weren't toast! After like 20 minutes, we decided to head back to the apartment. During all this, we found out that our phone got drowned in the pocket we placed it in, in Elder Blackham's backpack! oh boy! Thanks for your prayers!
This week, we left our keys at an investigator's house! It was like 9:30pm and we needed to be in our apartment. We called the investigator, and they said they would give us them tomorrow. We headed to the ZL apartment after planning real quick, and they gave us a spare key. We talked with them and then headed to our apartment to go to bed. We got to the apartment, and the key was missing. We went back to the Zone leaders and the key was not in their apartment. We went out, and searched for it in the grass, and dirt and still could not find it! I checked my pants for them, but nothing showed up. We said a prayer and then continued on. At this point it was 10:35. Bed time is 10:30. Elder Dillree decided to climb the outside of the apartment onto our balcony thing (we are on the second floor). The sliding glass door was unlocked!! We got in, and then later that night, found that the key was indeed in my pants! Well, the Lord answers prayers, and does give us funny mission stories along the way!
Alrighty! That's all!
|Spanish missionaries in the district- who has the best double chin?!|
|Captured at a meeting|
|At English class graduation- more pics to come|