HA HA so....i decided to put in the subject line for my emails, something funny that happened during my week... hope they make you laugh as much as they did me!
So let me explain! We were tracting an apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon and we came across two men standing outside so what do we do... we go talk to them... why... because we are missionaries.... that's what we do! so we get their attention by saying hi and walking toward them when we got closer to them there were obvious signs that they were drunk... the two men were enlisting the aid of their patio railing to help them stand and there were beer cans all over the ground... by this point we can't turn and leave... we've already engaged them in conversation and when we got closer... the smell of alcohol was aparent and their words were slered and the one man could hardly stand on his own... i hate to admit it, but it kinda made me laugh a little inside to watch this drunken scene... ha ha... so as i reached my hand out to introduce myself... the first man took my hand then before i could react, he pulled me in close and planted a big ole drunken, sweaty kiss on the cheek!! eehhkk!... i was completely speachless my attempt at sharing the gospel was ruined... but my comp though finding it hard to not laugh made a valiant attempt to share with them... we were hoping that it would have been one of thoes experiences where the gospel would awaken them from their drunken stoopers.... well better luck next time i guess! WOW!!!... well that was fun!!
well family now that yall are rolling on the floor in laughter... how has your week been? hope yall have been good!
my week was pretty good... drunk sweaty kisses and all! ha ha!
this week was interesting! we had several return appointments with people and we had members all lined up to come us and everything... and throughout the week every single one of the appointments fell through.... ehhhh so frustrating!! Last night the Lord helped to cheer us on though... we were eating dinner with a member and out of nowhere the husband turned to us and said " sisters... i just want you to know that you are doing such a great job out here! and you never know what impact you will have on people, but i want you to know that what you are doing is amazing! keep it up!" He had no idea that we had had a hard week, or that we were a bit discouraged, but i truly believe that he acted on a prompting and said thoes words that brought comfort to mine and my comps hearts... the lord is truly aware of our situations and he puts people into our lives will help us by sayngor doing the things we need at the time....But, even though we weren't having much success with return appointments... we did get in with a man that we have been trying to work with... and he has been meeting with us for the past week! This man is so incredible! He understands the scriptures so well, and he wants to change his life, he is caught up in some addictions that are going to make it diffiult for him, but i can see that he has a sincere desire to change... and it is the most beautiful thing to watch his eyes light up when we come to his house and he feels the spirit! The Atonement and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are amazing things i have so enjoyed watching people change and become the person that god wants them to be, and tap into the potential that they have as heirs to His kingdom... what a powerful life changing force that i get to deal with everday... i am so humbled by this opprotunity! What i think i love the most, is being able to catch a glimpse of the way that Heavenly Father sees these people that we meet and especially those that we work with... i can't explain it, but in my minds eye i can see these people accepting the gosple, i can see them dressed in white as they are baptized, then sitting in the middle of the circle with worthy melchizedek priesthood holders, receving the holy ghost... then going on and becoming a person that can feel the spirit and has peace of mind because they know that they are right with god... and then picturing the light in their eyes as they use the gosple in their lives.... when that scene flashes across my mind... there is an instant love that fills my heart... and i have seen them the way that their Heavenly Father sees them and that is the most incredible feeling that i have ever experienced. Once i can see someone the way Father sees them, it is impossible to dislike them, and impossible to forget them.... i know why missionaries are torn when they leave their missions... i will truly be torn when i leave these people that i have come to love so much.
So this man that we have been workin with came to church with one of the members that we introduced him to... it was great to see him at church! and he seemed to really like it!
i am so great ful for members who are willing to come and meet our investigators and help them out. This member that has felloshipped our investigator has really taken seriously his responsilities. he is not just his fellowshipper... but he is his friend. I just love this member his name is Bro. Prince and i have just been so impressed with him... he is a quiet and gentle man... never wants to be recognized... he just goes about doing good... i just love him and admire him so much! Members make all the difference in the world of the investigators... i hope that i can be a great member missionary when i get home!
Well family i hope yall are still reading along with me and didn't you just love the story of Abinadi what a great man! i am always amazed at his boldness! He really lets thoes wicked preists have it!
I also love Alma... how his heart was prepared to recieve the words that abinadi had to say... Abinadi had a rough mission, he didn't get to see much fruit from his efforts.... but Alma was directly effected by his influence... what a great story! we never do know what influence our words, or our examples will have on someone!
Well family i love yall and i hope that yall have a blessed week
Sister Dannika Nielsen
Sister Dannika Nielsen