To say that I am exhausted is an understatement. Haha I seriously walked more in the last week than I have my entire mission! And it has been absolutely wonderful. Everything is so fast paced between all of the people and all the work to do, and I love it!
I'll first tell you about our investigators! We have T, who is a unique guy. He struggles with a lot of anxiety and anger issues, but the gospel is making a world of a difference in his life. He struggles socially with people, but there are some amazing ward members who have taken him under their wing. He came out to the ward Corn Bust which was a huge miracle! And he stayed for all of sacrament meeting and part of Gospel Principles! He's a challenge to work with at times, but I love him already!
Our next investigator we actually found on Thursday! Her name is L, and she is a former investigator. Heavenly Father leads us to exactly the right people at the right time. We knocked on her door, she came and sat outside on her steps with us, and just opened right up about her life. She is really struggling with her husband, and her kids really just want a place where they can feel safe and included. We were able to give her a Book of Mormon and testify to her that she will find peace and solace through turning to the Savior. We met with her again on Saturday, and she has agreed to be baptized on October 8! So amazing! She is really nervous about going to church, so it may take a bit longer, but she's so ready to make a change in her life.
We had the coolest experience on Saturday and Sunday. I wrote an article about it for President Pattison, so I'll tell you about it through that. :D
"As missionaries, we are constantly trying to refine and improve our ability to find people to teach. The goal of the day is to talk to as many individuals of the human race that will actually give ear to our words, and even to those who won't. Although the church is growing by an extreme percentage, the opposite side of the spectrum is also growing in influence. As the work gets slower and the days get longer, what once was an exciting day of possibility can turn into the daily grind of a blue collar job. We just had to find something unique, a different way of approaching the sometimes daunting task of going against the masses, proclaiming that the truth has been restored. When we heard that the Book of Mormon Musical was coming into town, adrenaline started to pump with the thought of having a direct opportunity to fight those who oppose us. We figured it could go in one of two ways, either their joyous expressions would be celebrating our efforts, or we would be walking away with figurative tomato streaks on our faces, thrown at us from disapproving glares and sharp comments.
We gathered at the Institute, and together, walked towards what would become an unforgettable experience. Armed with numerous copies of the Book of Mormon, a white board proclaiming "the book is always better," and our determination, we stood a few feet away from the doors that led to a whirlwind of opposition. Like waiting in line for a roller coaster, the anticipation is the worst part. A million thoughts were running through our minds, thoughts of nervousness, anxiety, restlessness. Sweating bullets, we could almost feel the wind as the doors swept open.
We were in awe as musical goers came rushing towards with excitement, asking if they could have a book! It was surreal as we were handing out this sacred literature left and right, posing for pictures, and receiving warm greetings to those who walked past. Not every person was compelled to come and speak with us, and that wasn't what we were aiming for. We could literally see the Spirit of the Lord drawing these people towards us. That split second glance of wonder, intrigue, and curiosity, a whole new opportunity was presented to them that touched them to their very core. One sweet soul came up and sweetly shared,"I'm actually very curious now. May I please have a book?"
The next night was received with open arms as well. Arriving with over 100 copies of the Book of Mormon personalized with testimonies of the members of the B.D. Stake, we walked away that night with empty hands and swelling hearts. We had just been witnesses of the war of light over darkness, and the light had won. We got to see the beginning of "a mighty change of heart." And it literally changed our lives. We may never know who we effected that day or what may come from our efforts, but we do know that we gave children of our Heavenly Father a chance to return to Him. And it was all because of that glorious blue book."
This truly was a life altering experience. It felt so great to not only fight back against the Adversary, but to hand out so many copies of a Book that changed so many lives, including my own. I know that there are so many more adventures ahead in Forest Heights, and I can't wait to see how many people I can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with.
As of Friday, I will have been on my mission for a year! Time has literally flown by, and I am in awe of the miracles I have been able to witness during the last 12 months. My life has literal changed, and I know it will never be the same. I am so grateful for the incredible human beings I have met over the last 12 months, and I can't wait to see what the next 6 months will bring. Again, thank you to each of you for your love and support. I have loved being able to share these experiences with all of you.
I love you all so much! Have a fantastic week! Remember who you're trying to be like!!
Sister Bethany Christensen