I was so excited she sent me a selfie! - Mom
Good Missionary Monday everyone! Hope you all had a good week! Sister Banda and I had, well, a week. We don't have much to complain about but not a lot to rejoice in either. Manchester is just full of surprises I guess. Don't get me wrong, I love it here. It’s just hard being a missionary sometimes.
To answer the question on everyone's mind, no we have not started to teach the mom we tracted into the week before. We texted her to confirm our appointment and she texted back to let us know they weren't interested anymore. That was rough. But it's ok, she now has a Book of Mormon in their home and as Sister Banda puts it "One Mormon closer to accepting the gospel". And the trend of our investigators and less-actives dropping us the day of the appointment just continued throughout the week and they were all for legitimate reasons (illness, kids, family problems, Labor Day weekend plans) but it was still really hard to accept.
On top of that Sister Banda and I had a weird feeling later in the week whenever we would pick a street to tract or even before appointments (which ended up falling through anyway, but still). We initially thought we must have ate something bad but it was more in our chest and we just felt ill at ease a lot of the places we would go. It's just weird. We just feel something is up with Manch that we don't know about but we can just FEEL it. Something rotten in the state of Denmark as Hamlet put it or "I've got a bad feeling about this" in the words of almost all Star Wars characters. Oh well. Maybe we'll never know why we weren't supposed to be on those streets yet, but it still makes us scratch our heads.
Well, there were some fun things and miracles that happened this week, it wasn't a total bummer! On Tuesday we felt prompted to look for a potential investigator we had been looking for a whole day a few weeks ago and felt like we should look for her in the neighborhood next to ours. Low and behold we were able to find her address and we knocked she opened the door and was so excited to see us. She said she had just got home from her church and prayed for help and there we were at the door. That was a really neat experience. We made rough plans to see her again in mid-September so we'll see how that goes!
On Monday I was able to buy a Blu-Tooth keyboard which has been a huge blessing with the iPads. And Saturday we had two service opportunities, the first one helping a family move their stuff out of a storage unit. There was a cool pile of stuff to be donated and being the weirdo I am went through and found some cool things, most notably a Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat CD with Donny Osmond. Obviously we haven't listened to it because that's against missionary rules but it was funny to see. The second service thing we did was help a non-member tear some wall-paper off her walls. That was actually pretty fun; exhausting and tedious but fun.
Finally Sunday we saw a baptism of the Assistant's investigator! It was such a cool experience to be a part of that for her, to see someone take on the sacred covenant of baptism and dedicate themself to coming unto Christ. Even after the rough week we had, to feel the Spirit of Baptism, along with the just the Sabbath Spirit and the Spirit of Fasting, it gave me strength and hope that I can go out there and find the lost sheep. I can find people in Manchester who want to come unto Christ and invite them to make covenants as well. What a wonderful opportunity we have out here. May we all come to Christ a little closer this week!