"The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes,
but with those who recognized that they were off course,
and who corrected their way to get back into the light of gospel truth."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Missionary work is crazy. We knock doors; we set appointments; we teach; we teach; we teach; we invite people to pray; we set return appointments; we decide who is, and is not, progressing and leave the ones who aren't; appointments fall through; we set back-up plans; we set baptism dates with people; and then we start the whole process again the next day. It's a crazy, never ending cycle. People come and go. Some make it into your heart, and it hurts to leave them, and others leave you. Some feel they already know enough, others don't even recognize the faith they have. It can feel overwhelming sometimes, but the times we make a connection make it all worth it.
Sterlyn is a menos activo we're working with.
She is the best, no matter what kind of day I'm having
she makes me crack up :-)
And local members are a HUGE help, when they're willing to teach with us, or share experiences, or call our investigators, or pick them up on Sunday mornings. That is HUGE. I feel like I'm going to need a year-and-a-half-long nap after this!
A few random things...
I was actually COLD this morning when it was cloudy and raining; I think I'm adjusting to the weather.
A little study in Karma: We were teaching a woman and she made a comment about my skin, so we asked her if she had any suggestions (because people here seem to always have crazy suggestions/cures; last week a lady told us that egg yolks make your hair curly!), and to our surprise she said, 'yes, go to the dermatologist." Rude, but also weirdly normal - haha! But karma stepped in and at the end of our lesson, the wooden chair she was sitting on broke (the 2 front legs just slid out forward), and she slid right onto her bum on the ground! It was SO FUNNY, and luckily she wasn't hurt, and she & her sisters were cracking up with us -- so awesome :-)
Love you guys tons! I can feel changes coming in this new area; and so excited for the energy Hna Kofe brings to our companionship. She is so fun and my lifesaver sometimes! We've started taking a picture a day, and let me tell you, they are ridiculous!
"Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,
a heart that forgives the worst,
a mind that forgets the bad
and a soul that never loses faith in God."