Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weeks are just flying by!

Man, I honestly cannot believe that another week has gone by, it seems like it's just been crazy! Anyways, I'm not entirely sure what happened this week, haha but I'll do my best to remember as much as I can. Late last week we finished off doing interviews with President Matsumori of the rest of the mission. Obviously we weren't interviewing the Elders but we had the opportunity to check all of their planners and make sure that they're working well in their areas. That was a good experience, and it was fun to be able to see all the Elders, as well as an enlightening one! It was cool because we were essentially able to train each companionship individually on how to effectively plan for their areas and organize and focus their efforts. Hopefully they start to put it into practice. We've also been working a lot on transfers since transfers are coming up in a few weeks. President had left transfers almost completely up to us, and then he was going to check and make appropriate changes, so we've been working at transfers for the last few days every spare moment we've had. It's incredible how many things go into a transfer, but it's been a good experience once again and tomorrow we'll be meeting with President to get additional insight on what should happen with the next transfer. We've also had a few other projects we've been working on for President, one is organizing a ward mission activity, then we have a number of meetings that are coming up in the next few weeks that we have to prepare for, as well as going on several exchanges, etc. Haha it's honestly just been crazy and I feel like I haven't slowed down for a single day in the last two months, which thankfully is just how I like it! :)
Man, we've also had a number of extremely awkward experiences with members and checking on people. Haha so we don't always know when we're going to have time in our area and so a lot of the time we just have a list of people that we need to check on that we get from the ward council and from the sisters that also work in the ward. So we went by a few of them this week and had some super awkward experiences! First of all we walked into a sensitive situation that the sisters had known about for a few months and which we knew nothing about and ended up having an extremely awkward dinner with a part active and part less-active family knowing nothing about what we should share. We then proceeded to knock on a Less-Active's door that I had forgotten I'd knocked on at the beginning of my time here because we'd changed ward directories and hadn't had time to update the information onto the new one. Consequently I'd forgotten, until we were at the doorstep, that this particular lady had converted to Judaism and was not at all interested in returning to the church, not to mention the fact that she recognized me as having knocked on her door a couple of months ago. Haha then we went to visit a less-active, or so we supposed, and the lady that answered the door was an active member I'd seen occasionally at church but never spoken to. Caught off guard it was a super awkward beginning, but then the story actually becomes cool. She told us a little bit about her life and family, nothing too special, and then we were debating inwardly on what to share with her since she obviously was not the person we'd been expecting to visit. The scripture that kept coming to mind was Alma 31:31-35. It was a scripture we had shared earlier and we felt that it would be something we could share with her as well. What happens next is a testament that God truly does work through us despite the fact that we fall so very very short so very often. The scripture we shared was one of her favorites and to her it spoke about her family... Half of her family is Less-Active, including her husband, and as we read the scripture the spirit filled the room and she said that she felt just like Alma. That she so often prayed that she would be able to bring "her brethren/family" back to the church but that far too often she just felt discouraged from even trying. It was a powerful moment and another incredible instance of where the Lord using us as His instruments without us even realizing what we're doing. It's super humbling, we literally do nothing, and yet the Lord can utilize us and utilize even the smallest time we have in our area. It's been a blessing to see the Lord magnify our efforts despite the fact that we sometimes feel we can just do so little.

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