Hello to one and all!
There is opposition in all things. We had a really awesome lesson with J and M on Tuesday. We texted them a scripture of the day on Wednesday, and they responded with the request to stop lessons. We were super bummed. They were really progressing, but knew they were to a point where they needed to make a decision. And, well, they did. Their main fellowshipper is still in touch with them as a friend and he keeps us posted. He talked to J about it and J knows the Book of Mormon is true. He knows it. M is backpeddling a little bit, and they want to do this together. The struggles that they're having can only be figured out on their own. And we understand. It's comforting to know that we have done our best. All we can do is invite and help along the way and then love people enough to respect their use of the gift God gave them: agency.
I drew a connection with them and 3 Nephi 17. Christ teaches the people in the Americas. They listen. But they start to get tired or zone out or whatever and He tells them to ponder on His words and He'll return the next day. Why? Because His Father's message is so important that they need to hear it when they're paying full attention. J and M hit that point. They need time to process everything that we've taught them in the last 2 months and then when they're ready to listen to more, they'll come back. Or we'll go back. Or what not. Oddly enough, I feel a lot of peace with the whole situation.
Our other investigators, M and A are awesome!!!!! We asked them if we could meet with them multiple times a week and they were like, "We would love that! But won't that be too much for you?" Hah. Funny joke :) We went and saw Momma Debbie 3 times a week sometimes! :) Anyway. They are stellar at making connections! We've been giving them reading assignments and also General Conference talks to watch on lds.org. She loves the emphasis of love that is woven through our lessons, the Book of Mormon and the videos they watch. Which makes me so happy. Because really, that's what it's all about! Not the Hokey Pokey... but Love! :) They came to church yesterday and the talks and lessons were all about Missionary Work and the temple. whiiiiiich we haven't covered yet in our lessons. My comp, Sis Adorable and I were super worried about what they thought. But we talked to her after RS and she mentioned how she wants us to teach her Mom because of the peace and joy that she feels from the lessons and doesn't know how to go about doing it-- Missionary work!! :) Also, we talked a bit about sealings in the temple and she expressed concern that because she wasn't born Mormon, she and M wouldn't be able to go to the temple to be sealed. Sis Adorable was able to share her experience of being sealed to her family in the Salt Lake Temple when she was five. A now understands that the temple isn't only a possibility for them, but our goal for them! :) Soooo.. it was perfect :) Like. Very perfect :)
Transfer news!!! I'm staying here with Sister Adorable!! So what'll happen with us?! Well. We're dying together in this area! Pres Bennion just called another set of Sister Training Leaders here because we have so many sets to take care of. We'll be able to work with the other set of STLs (Sister Trainer Leaders) and conquer so much more!! So blessed. Anyway. By the time that Sis Adorable and I leave, there will be less sisters and not so much of a need for 2 sets of STLs, so we'll just refer all of our investigators to the other sisters in the area and our apartment will either get switched to an elder apt, or... just stay vacant! Crazy, right? I'm quite pleased :)
I love this area. I love these people. I just love :)
Well! Hope y'all have a great week!
Til next time,
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