Happy Summer! ☀️ the heat and mosquitos are killing me, but it's been a fun week anyways so I can't complain🤷🏼♀️
Jan, our awesome bff from the Philippines, took us to this park where all her buds get together and make Filipino food and play poker. It was a blast and a half and the food was amazing!! Found some awesome potential investigators too👏🏼 lol, and Arndt always jokes that I'm a kid magnet, so we did a little experiment that ended with me teaching the resto to a group of hecka adorable Filipino kids. Oh how I love my life❤
We also did scambio with Rimini which meant I GOT TO SEE SORELLA CARTER!!!! Ugh seeing past comps is the beeeeest😭 I was on scambio with her comp, the amazing Sorella Roloff! We had an awesome lesson with Carolina about the Plan of Salvation! It was a super awesome lesson, despite that three year old Christian tossed the Plan of Salvation diagram off of the balcony at the end... eh, it happens, right? Arndt and I met with Carolina another time this week to talk about faith and repentance. I'm stoked cuz Carolina has a clear vision of what changes need to be made in her life! Now if we can just get her to act on it all😅💕
Saturday, we got to do a super dope activity! Ok, so I've mentioned a few times that I looooove our bishop and his family. Well, we found out that in the past, he was part of a rap crew. Like they would travel and perform, or do underground rap battles (basically pitch perfect riff offs, but with more of a mafia flavor, ya feel?). They did graffiti and breakdancing and everything. Lol, none of us saw that coming. Well, he brought the gang back together for a little reunion on Saturday! So we invited everyone and got to watch them rap, learn how to do graffiti, and basically party to a ton of non-mission approved music without guilt😎 success, right?
Eeeeexcept the demon four year old from the music concert activity (remember, the one who kept rolling around and dropping those stupid pencils and yelling and basically creating my own personal hell?). Yeah, she came. And rolled around again. And mooned everyone. And sprayed spray paint in her eye. Fun times, amiright🙄
We met with our investigator Cenaido this week. I adore her lol the lessons are always... an experience... yeah...😂 just imagine a short South American who looks and acts like professor Trelawny from Harry Potter, and that's her! Oh, and did I mention she's also a Jehovah's Witness? Yeah, sometimes we wonder if she's trying to convert us? Bless her heart, she brings up bible questions to throw us off sometimes, and so far we have yet to not have the correct answers for her😂❤ so grateful I've read and love the Bible lol. We're really working on helping her gain a testimony on the Book of Mormon, and she's actually been reading a lot, so yay!
We saw a lot of other various investigators, members, and less actives this week, so we've been pretty busy. We've found a lot of new potential investigators this transfer, just by talking to people on the bus on the way to and from appointments. Just this week, we've found and taught principles to Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Catholics, Pentecostals, Jehova's Witnesses, etc. Basically just a lot of people from different backgrounds. And I swear, after each encounter, we're always a tad surprised at how intrigued these people are about who we are and what our message is. There's a cool quote I found while studying the New Testament this week:
“As children, we learned how to keep darkness away by turning on a light. Sometimes, when our parents went away for the evening, we would turn on every light in the house! We understood the physical law that is also a spiritual law: light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
“Light dispels darkness. When light is present, darkness is vanquished and must depart. More importantly, darkness cannot conquer light unless the light is diminished or departs. When the spiritual light of the Holy Ghost is present, the darkness of Satan departs.
“… We are engaged in a battle between the forces of light and darkness. If it were not for the Light of Jesus Christ and His gospel, we would be doomed to the destruction of darkness”
This idea of light can represent a lot of things. Knowledge, the Holy Ghost, love, Jesus Christ, etc. However, no matter what symbol we're talking about, there are some common principles. Like this quote explains, light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. It dispels darkness. Light is undeniable. It stands out- it draws us in. With each of these encounters we have with people day to day, someone always says something to the effect of "there's something different about you guys". Even those who choose not to accept our message or don't continue to meet with us can't deny that there's something different, some sort of light. That light found with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Isn't that just the neatest?🕯🌞🌇⭐️🔦🌅🔥☀️🎇⚡️💡🌄✨
1-5 Yay for Filipino food & adorable children! 6&7- Scampi & Sorella Carter 8&9- Rap Activity!
10- Sorella Francom from the MTC! 11- These Pentecostal people loved us & asked for a selfie