Sunday, September 14, 2014
LAUREN'S SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 E-MAIL
TRACTING FOR FUN AND FAMILIES!
I'm glad you made it in one piece to G-Daddy's house! Wow, what?! Mason has his driver's permit?? Now that's just crazy. How did he get that old so fast! My goodness. But yes, definitely send my greetings to everyone!
This past week was really fun! Sister Wang and I are enjoying Moraga and being companions! She is super funny and screams at every bug or anything that resembles a bug. She especially HATES moths. Hahaha. She is so funny. Last week we had dinner at a member's home who recently moved into the ward, and when we got there the husband starting speaking Mandarin to Sister Wang. Found out he served in Taiwan, where she's from, which was cool! They started talking more and then found out he served in her home town. So then they started talking further and he told her he might have served in her ward! She pulled out a picture of her parents and he was like, "Oh my gosh, I totally remember them! He was the bishop! Yours were the first home I ate dinner at in that area!" Haha isn't that funny? Small world! So that was cool! :)
Last week we also set a baptismal date with our investigator M******! Yay! However, he still hasn't come to church...so unless he comes to church the next 3 weeks we will have to push his baptismal date back. It is hard for him to get to to church in Moraga though, which is why we tell him he needs to go to the ward where he lives. So, we will see how it goes....we have to do all we can to make sure he comes!!!!
Oh yes, a neat thing happened this past week! We've decided lately to do more tracting because we haven't done a ton of it in the past (we don't feel it's very effective in this area but feel we should give it more of a shot.) Friday night we set a goal to find a family of 4 while tracting for the next day. So the next day we chose a specific street to tract on, but for some reason could not for the life of us find that street. So we just ended up going to a random street. When we parked, we saw a dad and his daughter get home from somewhere and go inside their home. I had a thought to myself, "Hmm, maybe that's our family!" We decided to tract other houses on the street first though. So we did that for a little. Right before we were going to leave we decided to go to one last house which was the one with the dad and his daughter. So we knocked on their door and the dad and his daughter answered. They were super friendly to us, and were actually interested in talking to us! So we told them who we are and what we do. They asked us some questions about our church and we taught them a short restoration lesson. We introduced the Book of Mormon and offered to give them a free copy. The dad was hesitant to take it, but we told him it was a free gift, and the daughter said, "Cool, I'll take it!" And she asked us a couple more questions. Anyways, we found out they are Catholic, but not super active, and were open-minded about coming to the ward in Moraga. What was super neat though was the daughter - she seemed so interested!!! And right before we left I saw their other daughter and the mom....so guess how many people are in the family? 4! :) So, even though we couldn't get a return appointment and they aren't investigators (yet), we are really hoping they will become investigators and that this is the family we were supposed to find! So we are going to go visit them in the next week or so. :) So that was cool! I definitely think Heavenly Father lead us to that family that night!
Anyways, other things that have been going on lately: visiting less actives (which has been rare for us these past couple of transfers), visiting our recent converts (who are all awesome - C*******, the one from New Jersey fed us hot dogs with sauerkraut last week and they were sooo yummy, it made me think of you mommy hehe), and trying to visit members of the ward to get to know them better. We continue to see miracles everyday, no matter how small they are. :) It is so much fun being a missionary out here! My job is to help people and give them the greatest news they could ever received. If you ask me, that's the best job ever.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers! Love you all. :)