Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dianna Update - 4 November 2009

I want to tell you about some of my investigators. So, I think I told you last week that both my companion and I are new to this area and so we had no investigators. So we have been out all day everyday talking to anyone and everyone telling them about the gospel, it almost doesn't phase me anymore. Well, from those efforts we have met a lot of great people! One of these people is a woman named Chantale. She has Cerebral Palsy and so she is in a wheelchair. We met her on the street one day and we met with her a few days later and taught her lesson 1:the restoration. She said that she had written in her journal the day she met us and had said that God had sent her 2 angels. How sweet is that. She is 39 and not really sure of who she is or what this life means, but she is pretty interested in what we are teaching her and she is really glad to have us as her friends. We are glad to be her friends. There is also this lady Sarah Jollymore. She was in our area book and hadn't really had contact with anyone for a few months. We just showed up at her house one day and she welcomed us with open arms! She is definitely going to be baptized! She was planning on coming to church on sunday but got called into work or something. She is really excited about the church, she is a real searcher. The most amazing story we have had was that we knocked into these 4 boys (did I already tell you this?) they are college room mates. We taught them the 1st lesson and then brought them to the Book of Mormon read and then on saturday they came and played basketball with the Elders. They were going to come to church but remembered that they wouldn't be able to come because they would have stayed out late for halloween. At least they were honest.... I bet they'll come this week! There is this guy named Terry from the Caribbean. He had us come teach the Restoration and he thinks he might believe it but he wants to spend some time reading the book of Mormon and praying before he makes any drastic moves. He is a good kid and I hope he really prays and feels the spirit. He was so cool. When we came over he served us crackers on a plate and glasses of grape juice in his empty living room. It was a great place to feel the spirit. There is this sweet older lady from Lebanon that we met. She is a hard core Catholic so she doesn't believe a lot of the things we say and she constantly talks about the Holy Mother. She keeps inviting us back though...I think we have to stop going though because she no longer wants to talk about religion. She just loves that there are young people who are strong in their faith so she wants us around. That actually goes for a lot of people we meet. The older they are the more they appreciate what we are doing, even if they don't want to listen to us. The people here are just so sweet. This next girl, Lauren, is an interesting story. We were walking on the street one day and Sister Moss told me to talk to this girl but I got scared because she was smoking and had a nose ring. So we passed her. Sister Moss felt bad about it but I was still new so I didn't really care. On our way back we passed her again because she was finishing her cigarette before she went into work. I saw her and told Sister Moss that I'd try again. She told me that sometimes Heavenly Father will give us 2nd chances when we really need them. And we really did! We talked to her, she was REALLY interested, we gave her a book of Mormon and planned on meeting her the next day. She didn't answer her phone so we couldn't get her address and we left a message and called several times last week. Then yesterday we decided to go to her work and see if we could find her there and see if she just wanted to ignore us. She works at a tea shop buy the way, cute little place. She wasn't there but a co-worker was. When we walked in, the co-worker said "Hey, you're the missionaries Lauren has been talking about! Nice to meet you, I'm Amanda." Wow! Apparantly Lauren has been wanting to call us back and meet with us but since she goes to school and works 2 jobs she just hasn't found a time yet. Amanda told us when she worked next and we plan on going in then. Also, we learned that Amanda's best friend for a long time when she was little was LDS and she learned a little about our church, but was never really invited to learn more. I'm excited to give her that opportunity! I'll have to keep you posted. There are just so many more, but so little time.

Sister Nicholls

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