Monday, August 8, 2016

letter from Alyssa - August 8, 2016

scripture this week: "For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled." - Moroni 8:22

This week was another good week. We worked hard and did all we could.

The Galbraith family had us over for dinner. Brother Galbraith comes to sacrament meeting about half the time, his wife isn't a member and neither are his 2 sons. But he's an excellent chef and had us over. It was really neat because one of his sons ate and went upstairs, but the other stayed for a little while. He even stood up and apologized for having to leave, but that he had finals to study for that he had coming up in 2 days. We told him that it was alright and good luck, then we asked Brother Galbraith if we could share a spiritual message with them, and that son then changed his mind and stayed for the message. He even participated in talking about Heavenly Father's love and the many blessings in our lives. Then we did leave and Brother Galbraith came up to us at church to say hi. Dinner was also fantastic, I've found a lot of things that I didn't like before the mission that now I love, one of them being salmon and shrimp and most fish (that's not too exotic). - That's what we had for dinner... so it does relate haha.

Often when we're tracting we don't get much opportunity. Common response is usually people that have heard of the Book of Mormon but nothing more than that, they mostly believe in or at least know of Christ, and they don't know anyone in their community or street to refer us to. But Tony was outside unloading groceries with his kids, we offered to help and he didn't need it, but he said we could come back and share a message about Christ with his family.

We had about 20 minutes or so before dinner on our way from a meeting one day, tough timing because it's not enough to try to stop by someone to teach a lesson or to tract someone out to teach a lesson, but too much to just sit in front of the members' house for 15 minutes before dinner. So we stopped at the parking lot and walked around for a few minutes to talk to people. No one was there. Except these 2 girls in a car that just parked after driving through taco bell, so we waved through the window and they rolled it down to listen to us. They weren't interested but gave us a phone number of someone who might be.

Cathy (less-active) has been literally impossible to catch. She lives across the street from the bishop and stake president and they have hardly seen her, even though they've all been there for years. But we caught her outside her house and got her number! Less than a week later she moved out of the ward, but she's still somewhere in the stake. And the ward council can now call her so that's good, and just in time.

We've been trying to meet this one investigator, Addy, for the past 2 months. I don't even know what she looks like. The only response we've gotten from her is over text, she's said she'll check her schedule and then never does. Then we got this text from her this week that her niece is moving in with her and wants to meet us since she wants to serve a mission. Apparently she's a member! She's moving in soon so we're in contact and hopefully that'll get things rolling again.

This weekend we had exchanges (one down, 3 to go - for the transfer) and I was out of the area, but Sister Wimmer tracted out a building in the apartment complex of our area with her companion for the day and said they got like 10 solid potential investigators to go back on. Can't wait to find out more about them.

Kynsie, I'm so excited that you got your patriarchal blessing! I love mine and read from it every day. High five for getting it!

And don't worry Landon, I didn't forget :) I've been thinking about it a lot this week, and your question actually came in really good timing, I'll send an answer soon. THANKYOU for asking me. I'm so so happy that you and also you Ty are having these awesome experiences, especially with the temple. 

Casan and Aubrey, you're awesome too. Don't forget it! The emails you send each week are so meaningful and keep me going.

There's not a day that goes by that I don't remember how grateful I am for each of you.

- Sister Shumway
P.S. You too Mom and Dad haha, love you all.


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