2nd Area: Conway (South of Orlando)
Companion: Sis. Hoffmeier
To answer some of your questions:
- about the name tag needing to be worn on the right side instead of the left. Yes, it is so people can see it easier when they shake our hand and it came from Salt Lake not from the mission president.
- We haven't had any fall out from the Zimmerman/Treyvon Martin case. I don't think we should have a problem with it. Although people are certainly up on it and definitely have an opinion.
- As far as tropical storms we are fine, we just watch out for them and stay inside. If anything big is coming our way, then our Mission President makes sure we are aware.
- And my Cyst is fine, my tailbone continues to be sore from riding the bike, but I think I will be fine. Heavenly Father is definitely blessing me! Keep the faith!
Well last Monday after we got home from emailing and shopping. I went into the laundry room to change the wash and it was flooded. The washer broke and there was water everywhere. Maintenance came and said we need a whole new washer, so they ordered us one and said it would probably only take a few days. Well it's a week later and nothing. ha ha!
That night we visited a sister and she reminds me so much of Clarissa Deem Crocket, I just love her! She is hilarious. Oh and by the way, please tell Clarissa...happy pushing! I hear that she is having her baby really soon! Mom, I'm so glad that you got to go to her shower and you added some fun stuff to give her. Back to this sister, I just love it how I can look around my ward and see different people that remind me of people that I know back home. I love it!
Tuesday we had District meeting and went knocking on some doors, visited some members and then a member took us out to dinner at Chili's! It was great! HEY YALL, TAKE THE MISSIONARIES TO DINNER FOR EXTRA BLESSINGS! WINK WINK!
Then we had a lesson with Maria. She is just not progressing and we are questioning her true desire, so we may need to drop her. But we will see, we need to really pray and ponder about it. Sad and hard, really hard when we have to make decisions like this.
Wednesday we went knocking and no luck. After knocking, we had a lesson with Diana and her family... it went really well. We watched the Restoration video and they loved it. We had another lesson scheduled that night with a potential Gator named John, he wasn't home. Hate that when that happens! Then we went to Scripture Study class, it was on forgiveness. It was really good! Annnndddd good timing. I am so grateful for the atonement and our opportunity to use it to help us forgive others and improve ourselves each day. It is real and powerful.
Thursday we were knocking and met a nice man named Edward. He said he believed in Christ, but didn't have faith in him. hmmmmmmm, so we shared a scripture with him and were on our way. A few doors up (we were at an apartment complex), we met Charles, he's Jamaican and is the religion from there (rastafari). But we gave him a book of Mormon and he said he would read it. Then we had lunch with a member, Sister Fischer and her friend, Colin. I just love them! They are so funny! They LOVE America, and were really into the Zimmerman case. They are afraid that now the Stand Your Ground (Florida's gun right law), will be abolished. So we shall see. When we get with the members, it gives us the charge we need to keep on going...I just love it when members want to offer something to the missionaries. You just don't know how important that is.
Then we had a lesson with the Millan family. We taught about faith and read from Mathew 8 and 9. Then we talked about how Faith + Action = Miracles. It was a good lesson!
Friday, we were Knocking at another apartment complex and a person from management came to us and told us there was no soliciting here. We said "oh, we're not solicitors, we're missionaries!" and he just looked at us and said, "well, you can't do that here". So we just smiled, said, "ok" and left. We tried to visit some less actives, but no one was home and while we were on our way home, my chain did something weird. I couldn't really ride my bike, so we called the elders and they came to the rescue! They fixed it and all was well. It was something really easy to fix too, of course! ha ha But I am so grateful for such wonderful Elders!
Then we came home, did some weekly planning, had dinner, and then looked outside. It was a HUGE storm. We didn't have the car, so we just stayed inside to wait for it to subside. It didn't subside. ha ha We just had a movie night and watched these really cool Doctrine and Covenants short videos that we could possibly use in lessons. They were really good! And we will definitely use them, so not a lost cause after all- we called it lesson planning night during a terrible storm.
Saturday we met a really nice girl, named Gina. I can see potential in her! We shared a scripture and set up an appointment for next Saturday. Then we visited some members. One was Brother Krause and he shared his conversion story with us! It was so cool! He was in the Air Force and was dating his wife, who was also a member. She invited him to hear the discussion and he was reluctant at the time, but finally said alright. He had the motive of wanting to disprove the missionaries. He did everything they asked him to do, followed the word of wisdom, read the Book of Mormon everyday, prayed everyday. He said he did it all so he could at the end say, "look I did everything you told me to and nothing happened". But while doing everything the missionaries asked him to, his heart softened and he was converted! How cool is that?!?!?! I just love conversion stories!
Sunday the Millan's came to church. which was awesome! and we met with and talked to some potentials and members. One of the members, the Sellers family are heading to Utah and will be there on Pioneer day! They said they plan to watch the parade and will Yell for the Forsey's, haha!
Well I love you all, The church is true!
Love, Sister Forsey
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