"The standard of truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble and calumny may defame but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly and independent 'till the purposes of God have been accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done." -Joseph Smith

Monday, October 21, 2013

Doing the Work of the Lord and Loving Her Fellowman

Dear Familia,
First off: Happy early birthday, Mommy!

Second: We got a little talking to about mail this week. Please start sending everything through the office and no longer to my direct address.(CA Riverside Mission, 7000 Central Ave., Highland, CA 92346) Thanks, you're all dolls.
Third: Wow, Mom. You're just having a boatload of awkward dating experiences, aren't you? (Just to clarify, I am not dating, just shared some stories I had with others' who are awkward at dating)
 Fourth: We've started working with someone about going on a mission. He doesn't really want to because he feels a boatload of responsibility on the family front to be the bread winner and such. If you could (and this includes all family everywhere) send me in a letter or an email including all the blessings you feel you've received from someone in your family serving a mission. Greatly appreciated.
Fifth: Could you send me the steps/rules to Cat's Cradle? Hermana Bates and I have been trying to figure it out for weeks but have been failing epically. (I am guessing this is another stress reliever)
So this week:
Monday: We had a Family Home Evenig with the a branch family again. It's becoming a weekly thing so that'll be a lot of fun. Currently, there are six people living in that house, Hno., Hna, and C are the original family and then there's L, P, and A who have the same last name but not related. Long story short, L was an investigator of the other sisters who had to leave her live in boyfriend so she could get baptized. Holy drama story. Anywho, she's living there now and her and her daughters are really why we go over there for FHE. Not that we don't love the others, they're great! Anywho. I don't know what I did, but the kids love me. Like, yesterday in church, one of them almost tackled me with hugs. Scary. But I'm skipping ahead in the week.
Tuesday: We had interviews with President Van Cott that day. It was awesome. I left in a lot better of a mood this time than last time. It was a lot more casual. Really nice. He gave me some ideas on what else we can do to help the branch. We've been working on those suggestions a little bit, trying to get everything to fall into place.
Wednesday: So Wednesday was awesome. We went to visit a investigator. We had planned to teach her about prayer and it was going well and everything and then I just felt like I needed to ask her why she thinks we're here. She said to talk about God. I replied, politely, with a "I'm going to be totally honest, we want to convert you to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints..." and went on for a little bit about how if she's not willing to, we don't want to force her but we also don't want to waste her time or ours. Anywho, we ended up dropping her, sadly, but it was good because we left on good terms.
Thursday: We have no idea what we're going to do with another investigator. We tried to have a talk with her, tell her we think she can be ready for the 27th. We thought it went well but she's been avoiding us ever since. We decided to revise the plan. Go in and basically have a weekly planning session with her about her. Pick a date she's comfortable with, map out what lessons we'd be teaching when. Yeah. That didn't happen. We got in the other day and gave a lesson with her and the kids. They said they were going to be a church and go to the baptism but didn't show up to either. We went over after church to check up on her and we distintly heard her voice yelling to one of the kids. When we knocked, one of her neices came, greeted us, then left to go check. She then returned to tell us that our investigator wasn't there. I really just want to kick her to the curb, but Hermana Bates wants to hold on. I'll trust my companion for the next week, and if no progress, I will write her a very nice letter, dropping her. I honestly feel like we have no purpose there is she's not willing to work with us and do what she needs to do. Harsh, yes. But true. There are other people out there that will listen.
Friday: Not much happened...
Saturday: So this week on there was family drama. It was intense. At least it sounded like it from what we were told. We weren't there, thank goodness. It's a mess. And it's sad because we just had a weekly planning session with our ward mission leader and we asked him where he thought we should work. He said that family. Awkward... But this leads into the awkward story for Sunday...
Sunday: We were able to pick up the father of one of our investigators that we picked up last week. They're friends of a member (Presidente Cuevas and his wife) and they're all sorts of helpful with that. Hermana Cuevas goes and picks up (the daughter) for all the activities, including church, and her father as well when the activity (church) applies to him. We visited them after church yesterday and talked for a bit. We already love that family so much and they love us too. We asked him what he thought of church and right away he said "I'm convinced." Awesome! We're going to try to get him and his daughter on date this week. The other two daughters don't really seem interested so we'll see how that goes. Right now we're just trying to gain their trust. Also, after sacrament, Hermana Bates and I were walking out the door and the one girl came up and gave me a big hug. I backed up a bit and ran into Hermana Bates, who the girl then grabbed as well so it was kind of an Hermana Myers sandwich. Then the other girl ran up and wrapped her arms around us. Then another girl ran full speed and hit us, full blown with a hug. We all almost fell over. It was cute. Those were the awesome stories for Sunday. 
I think that's all. Mom, you still haven't told me your conversion story. Ooops, I need to get on that!
Much love!
Hermana Myers

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