Hello my dear family!
haha, I took my subject line from a well-loved Christmas movie (can you guess which one?) but it describes this week pretty well!
Right from the get-go we were busy:
On Monday after FHE with the ward, we went to contact a potential and although they weren't home we found a new investigator in their neighbor! He told us that he was raised Church of Christ but that he's been an atheist for the past fifteen years or so. We taught him about the plan of salvation right then and there, and set a return appointment for Wednesday! The lesson with him was a really good one. We had a member there who joined the church about three years ago and she shared her conversion story. She said that when she prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, she didn't do it really wanting to know until about the third time, so she didn't get an answer until she really meant it. Our investigator had invited his friend to sit in, and his friend was drunk the whole time :I But, he told his friend that out of all the religions that he's studied (he used to be a religious studies major) if he joined any of them, it would be the Mormons or the Muslims. That's kind of a wide spectrum, but it was an interesting discussion!
On Tuesday we set a baptismal date with Jessica for the 20th! We were able to find some new service opportunities and so we did some service at the Ronald McDonald house in town, cleaning and sorting and they even had us in reception answering the phone for a little bit! That was fun. It was a really nice place, it kind of reminded me of the cabin that we go to with the Harmon family and also Uncle Steve's cabin. It had a really nice kitchen :)
On Thursday we were able to go to the Family History Center and I found some names! I had forgotten how much I love family history and what the spirit of Elijah feels like. It's so cool!
On Friday we had lessons with THREE new investigators! Two of them were a referral from a member that we have been trying to contact for about two weeks now, and we finally caught them at home! We taught them the Restoration, left them with an assignment to read in the Book of Mormon, and set up a return appointment :) Then we had dinner/a lesson with a member and a friend of hers who wanted to meet with the missionaries. Not only was dinner really good, but the lesson went well too!
Saturday we had a bunch of lessons with recent converts and less active members. We did them all in the morning, and so by lunchtime we were plum tuckered out! That night one of the elders' investigators invited us over for dinner and there were a few young adults there who had a lot of questions about the church! It was super cool.
But then, the real exciting thing that happened this week is that we met with Jessica again yesterday. She didn't come to church and so we were concerned. But, it turns out that she had an incredible experience interacting with some of the members of the church she used to attend and she told us that she knows without any doubt or hesitation that the Book of Mormon is true and that she wants to be baptized sooner! So, we set a date for this Saturday! We were so excited!
I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!
Love, Sister Tycksen
p.s. it was over 80 degrees this week!