It's been a pretty good week! This week is transfers, but I am staying in Sharon Springs! Sister Thorn is getting transferred, and her new companion will be my trainer, Sister Mitchell! My new companion is Sister Patten, but I don't really know her. They're also putting us in a car share with some other sisters in the area right next to ours, so we will be biking a lot more now.
Thanksgiving was great, really busy! It probably was the busiest day of my mission, we had appointments all day. By the end of the night we had seen 11 families/individuals, active and less active members and investigators! We just shared thanksgiving messages with everyone! We ate at a member's house and at Juanita and Julio's! It was fun! A lot of people gave us leftovers and pie to take home too. On our way home thanksgiving night we drove past a man sitting on the side of the road, and we decided to turn around to make sure he was okay. We started talking to him and he told us that he was homeless, just lived in the woods on the side of the road, and had spent thanksgiving completely alone. He started crying when he told us that a woman had just stopped and gave him a whole plate of food. We couldn't do much for him, but we gave him some of our leftovers as well and our card. Moments like that make me realize just how blessed we are to have what we do, even the little things like food to eat and a place to sleep.
morning we decided to set up a free hot chocolate stand at the outdoor mall, to try and talk to all of the Black shoppers! It didn't work as well as we had hoped, the mall security came up and basically kicked us out. They said that since we weren't selling it or anything we could stay until they got a complaint, but we couldn't do it again unless we got permission. But we did get to talk to some people! That evening we stopped by on a part member family, from Haiti and they were doing their thanksgiving dinner that night, and gave us so much food! We didn't get to talk to them much, but one of their friends, Max, was there and he talked to us for a while! At first he said he wasn't very religious but the longer we sat there eating with him the more questions he asked about missionary work and Christ and prayer. It was cool!
Drew's been doing good! night we had a lesson with him but after calling and texting people the night before and all day that day, nobody could come (and we can't teach him without another woman with). We had about an hour before the lesson and we're about to give up and just cancel when one of the members called us back and said "We're eating thanksgiving dinner tonight and it's almost ready, so I can't come with you but y'all are welcome to come here and eat with us and have your lesson!" They saved our night! It was so nice of them to call us back and change all their plans last minute to have a lesson with Drew in their home, we were so grateful! And another member had also invited him over to have thanksgiving dinner with them as well! The members have been doing a great job reaching out to him and making him feel welcome and a part of the ward family!
We had a cool moment night! After church a member stops us and gives us directions to one of their neighbors houses that we could try sharing to gospel with! When we get to the house we narrow it down to 2 possible houses, so we knock on both. One didn't answer but the other did and he watched the Light the World video and said he'd love to hear more of our message! Even though we didn't get to talk to the referral, we were led to talk to someone who would listen. The Lord is in every detail of the work!
Hope y'all have a great week, and if you haven't already check out the new Christmas video #LighttheWorld on Mormon.org! It's a great way to serve others and keep Christ in this Christmas season!
Our district: Elders Cochran, Frew, Haws, Fossum,
Me, Sisters Thorn, Rosenberg, and Evans
Us and Evelyn! She's a member in a nursing home that we go visit!
A pretty fall tree outside our apartment!
Sister Thorn and I have the same birthday!!
We had to celebrate a week early since she's getting transferred.
Us, Ciearra, Divine, and Robert!
Us, the Neilson's (members in the ward), and Drew!