Hey Thorne Fam!
This week has been awesome! Monday and Tuesday were very difficult because a lot of our appointments fell through, but we had our exchange last week and found a new investigator plus several potentials. It was a great day and a fun exchange. This week consisted of a lot of finding because of those appointments falling through, but we always managed to have a smile, laugh and enjoy it. That's what I love about Sister Minson. She can always make me smile. Even if I don't want to. :) Together, we've had a lot of adventures, talked to a lot of people, and we will continue to find God's lost sheep.
So funny story for this past week. I haven't ever had anyone tell me I'm going to hell, but this past week there was two! One woman answered the door and before we could even talk she told us outright that we were lost souls, damned for hell and we needed to go confess our sins. We were kind of stunned and she said, "I'm sorry girls. But we just have different theologies. Don't you believe only 144,000 people will go to heaven?" Then everything clicked. We kind of giggled and said, "Sorry ma'am. But that's Jehovah's Witness. We're Latter-Day Saints." You could see her backtrack. She ended the conversation by stating she knew several very nice Mormon's and then closing the door. Hilarious! The second one happened yesterday and it was a little more serious. His name is Tim. He started his conversation by saying, "Oh girls. You need to read the Bible. It has things missing and if you really knew your Bible, you would know that going door to door is actually a sin and is really blasphemy. You are lost souls and I feel so bad for you." Again, pretty dumbfounded. We couldn't even bear our testimony, he would cut us off and state again that we were "lost". So he ended by inviting us to his church that meets at his house on Sunday nights where we could hear the "real" word of God. Wow. Just wow. People can be so ignorant.
As for new investigators this week: we found Francis (a former) and Judy. We had our first lesson with Francis and it went awesome! She's a sweet lady, in her 60's and has a lot of past hurt in her heart she is trying to get rid of. So we are focusing on the Atonement to help heal her soul. Judy has met missionaries in the past, but we don't have her in the area book. She has a deep connection with music and we talked to her about the Book of Mormon and sang her a coupe hymns. The spirit was so strong! I love music!!!
Chris is still progressing slowly but surely. We taught the WoW this past week and his only problem is smoking. We taught the 15 step program, but he only lasted 24 hours. So now we are trying a different route with him. He didn't come to church last week, but I know he will get there. When he's ready.
We had a lesson with Whitney and that went awesome! It was very spiritual and Whitney felt it. She said she couldn't come to church this past weekend because of memorial day, but she is going to try to come this next week!
As for your email:
1) THE TEMPLE WAS AWESOME!!!!! We didn't get to see the new new movie. We saw the old new movie. But it was still fantastic! I learned SO much and finally started piecing together some ideas that I've been pondering from the scripture studies. I learned a ton from the symbolization of everything and it was so spiritually uplifting and DEFINITELY needed. It's been a long week and a half. XP As for who got to go, our zone went. So there were 20 Elders and 12 Sisters all from the Louisville Central Zone.
2) I'm so glad that you all got to go to the temple this week! Yay temple! And I have a special place in my heart for Brigham City. :)
3) Sounds like all the kids had a big week! Go super-hero-bird-savin' Britney! Go drivin', orchestratin', YWin' Mandy! Go singin' Joshie! Go basketballin' Brandon! That's my brothers and sisters! :D
That's it for this week! Love you all so much! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you all out. :)
Love always,Sister Thorne
Sister Minson and I. :) Love her!
At the temple!!!!