Monday, October 21, 2013

So We Have Been Teaching...

Jordyn's weekly e-mail & Pictures  
October 21, 2013 
Serving in Puyallup, Washington 
Companion: Sister Dudek

So we've been teaching Martha still. She was committed to be baptized, but she hasn't been progressing lately so we're gonna try one more thing with the Book of Mormon. But if she keeps not keeping her commitments, we're gonna have to drop her unfortunately. keep praying. faith and hope.

We've been working more with less-actives this week per instruction from President Eaton and the Prophet. The first one's name is Sister Bostic--who is super sweet, just doesn't make it to church very often. She came up to the sisters before I got here and asked them for the missionary discussions so we went over to meet her. Hopefully we'll be able to get teaching her again and have her go to the temple soon!

There's also another man in our ward named Jim. He was sealed in the temple when he got married, but shortly after that started working on Sundays so he hasn't been able to make it to church more than once every few months for the past twenty years. His daughter's planning on leaving on her mission in March, so he is wanting to get back to the temple so he can go through with her and our mission leader suggested that he start with the missionary discussions. We read the Joseph Smith History account of the first vision, and it was an awesome experience. Each of us talked about our conversion stories (even though three of us were born in the church), and talked about how you can't go into a prayer without faith that your prayer will be answered. He's an awesome guy, and I can't wait to see him back at the temple with his family. 

Althea is home! She said she was going to call us, but we decided to drop by her apartment on Friday and she opened the door! She was leaving right then to go do some stuff, but said that we could come back, and we're going over tonight :) I'll keep you posted on what happens (and by that I mean I'll write about what happens in my letter next week).

There is a part member family in our ward that hasn't ever really been interested (like most of them are). But, through many miracles, we started teaching one this week (and this is why the members are so essential in missionary work). So Lavae Jennings was a member, and then she married Robert. Her dad started shoving the missionaries down his throat the minute they got married, and he hasn't been interested in the church since. Their family has had an awesome home teacher for the past twenty years, and through his diligence and dedication Robert's heart was slowly softened toward the church. While he was at the home teacher's house one night, our mission leader went over and he and Robert clicked instantly. Through their friendship, he invited Robert to hear the missionary discussions, and on Saturday we taught him and Lavae the restoration. There was no way we would have been able to do that without the members--they're absolutely key to all of this, and can get into doors and hearts that missionaries may not be able to initially. 

That's about all the news we have investigator-wise! The work is going forward, more slowly than I want it to, but it is moving forward. 

And finally, a funny knocking story from this week.

So we're knocking doors the other night, and we come to our last door. There's this big guy with these two huge dogs behind him looking like they're ready to attack us any second. He asks us what's up, so we tell him that we're missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and continue on. We ask him if he's ever spoken with missionaries before and he says no. So Sister Dudek asks him if that's something he'd be interested in, and he says he didn't know, turns around and yells to his family, "Hey! Any of you wanna be missionaries? ...for Jesus Christ?" Hahaha, unfortunately none of them wanted to be missionaries, but we got a good laugh out of it. 

I hope you all have an awesome week!
Sister VerHoef

 So this is the Spider that lives outside of our apartment. We named him Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Hash for short) because he is huge and slightly terrifying. But we have an agreement that we won't kill him if he stays out of our apartment, so we're good for now. 
So some members sent us home with a whole bunch of food, and to make sure it didn't fly everywhere while we were driving it home Sister Dudek buckled it into the car. hahaha! Love my companion :)

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