Hi cute friends,
This week was so full of ups and downs. Just like a normal week in the mission field! We sadly had one of our investigators (the first one we found together) drop us this week. My cute trainer told me something that helped me a lot. Every person we meet has stickie notes on their forehead. When we talk to them, teach them, meet them, pass by them etc we are pulling those stickies off their forehead. Even though we weren't the ones to pull her last stickie off, we pulled some off so she is that much closer. After that sad event we went out for milkshakes cause it wasSister McConnell's one year mark!! We ran into a cute member family who so sneakily paid for our milkshakes! The members here are the nicest humans ever. They love us missionaries and they are so kind to us! They come out with us to lessons, give us referrals and feed us all the time! They're amazing. Speaking of, the Hills took Sister McConnell and I out for dinner on the 4th! They are so generous. We went to a great BBQ place. Gotta love the south!
A quick little update on the ASL: one of the deaf ward members came up to me on Sunday and asked me to say the closing prayer in Sacrament. My palms were so sweaty. But I did it and I didn't offend anyone! Hopefully it will just get better from here on out.
Yesterday we went out to visit a member who happens to live in a gated community (here's where my subject line comes into play). They weren't home so we went to ask the neighbors if they knew if they still lived there. He then informed us that we were not allowed to be there and to leave immediately. Nice guy. We went to the other neighbors house to ask them. We had biked like 7 miles to get there so we were not going to just leave. The neighbors weren't home and that's when we saw the guy who had told us to leave came out of his house and followed us to tell us to leave or he would call the authorities. He stood next to us as we put on our helmets and left on our bikes. It was an adventure for sure. We also got drenched while biking.
Even though it's so hot all the time and it rains everyday and no one wants to listen to us becuase they already "found Jesus" I am loving this place. It's hard and sticky but man do I love being able to represent my Savior and love the people. I'm still terrified of knocking doors and of being rejected but I'll get there. It has only been ONE MONTH since I have been out. Crazy right? Anyway, I love you all!
Have a beautiful week!