Crazy good week! My best week in New Albany by far! Lets go through the days!
Monday - We had a VERY chill P-Day. Since we don't live by any particular places that we can hang out, so we took care of all our shopping and laundry first. Afterwards, we worked around our apartment, trying to contact people but didn't bring any immediate success.
Tuesday - Fun day! While we were waiting for the other Elders to give us a ride to My Very Own Blanket to do service, we talked to Teresa, our downstairs neighbor. She is wheelchair bound, but is really cool and immediately accepted a Book of Mormon! We think she's the one that smokes too, because we can smell it inside our apartment... unless Elder Reynolds has been smoking behind my back, I'm pretty sure its her. Haha! but we're excited to work with her! Afterwards we worked in our area and had Ward Coordination with the awesome Peterson's and the other missionaries!
Wednesday - Zone Conference Day! We talked quite a bit about faith and the Book of Mormon. President has given this training before, but he included a lot of great things that I didn't catch over a year ago. Believe me, I took crazy amounts of notes. Did some role plays and refined our missionary skills. We went home, got a ride to our dinner appointment and worked around that area for the rest of the night.
Thursday - We worked around the area around our apartment, had lunch, then went to My Very Own Blanket again. Had dinner with the Howson's and they saw a few less actives with us. The first door didn't answer and there was another less active in that same neighborhood. Her name is Jo Ann who told us we could come in and she told us a crazy story of why she is less active! Basically, the member that brought her into the church asked her non member husband to give money to that person. And stole it and ripped them off. This happened like 20 years ago and he doesn't like the church and she cant come to church. Crazy!!! We are going to do our best to help the husband soften his heart. Jo Ann wants to come back so bad, she was relief society president when she was active! Its nuts!
Friday - We weekly planned, and did a bunch of contacting. After all that contacting we saw Jonathan our super sweet investigator! He read the Book of Mormon and committed to coming to Elders Quorum basketball the next day.
Saturday - Jonathan came to basketball and it was a blast! He loved it and said, "Man, I'm gonna need some aspirin after all of this." Ha ha he got to meet several members and committed to coming to church the next day as well! Super sad he's moving in mid February but when he gets baptized, I hope to be there to celebrate with him! Had a less active lesson later in the day and taught a couple of other lessons to new people.
Sunday - Jonathan didn't come to church :( He must have slept in. Church was awesome, but it would've been so much better if he came. We are going to work harder to get him there. After church, we had studies and worked around the apartment, until we had a sweet lesson with a members cousin named Susan at the members home. She is VERY involved in family history and it was great to be able to share insights about the temple and relate all of that to the Book of Mormon. She said yes to reading both the temples Pamphlet and the Book of Mormon without us even asking! Great time!
Now today! We had a fun day, we went to a Japanese Steakhouse with the other Elders (Yum Yum sauce is AMAZING!) and went bowling with them afterwards!
Love you all! Here's some pics and I look forward to talking with some of you next week! Keep being awesome!
The Great OCM
"There is three ways in which the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. It is the keystone of our witness of Christ. It is the keystone of our doctrine. It is the keystone of our testimony." -Ezra Taft Benson
Vid and Pics!
1. Still got it!
2. Elder Reynolds and I helping set up a young men's activity while waiting for Ward Coordination to start!
3. Elder Reynolds, Me, Elder Miller, and Elder Jeppson
4. Elder Reynolds, me and Jonathan! With members mixed in.