Here are some highlights from the week:
Tuesday, we went to contact a former investigator. We couldn't find the right number in the trailer park, so we decided to embrace the awkward and approach a group of about 5 people who looked related somehow- they pointed us the right way, all but one accepted Book of Mormons, and two are interested in learning more. When we finally knocked on the door of the woman we had come looking for, she slammed the door- at least she made it clear how she felt. :) Then we met Mahogany, another woman standing on her porch, who was interested in meeting with missionaries in upper Alabama where she lives. The uninterested woman led us to others who are interested!
On Wednesday we had in interesting lesson with Ellis and his daughter Kendra. Kendra said she was open to listening, and then called us a cult and said that she and her two year old son are prophets... After she went inside, her sweet dad simply laughed and told us he believed our message. He came to church on Sunday, too! He is so humble and sincere.
On Thursday we taught Mildred (an investigator, different from the Mildred who was recently baptized.) She is in her 70s, she met with missionaries a couple years ago, believes the Book of Mormon is true, and is very humble and open to our message. We're teaching quite a few "older" people right now, which really goes to show that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, you're never to old to change, and God looks on the heart, not on the age, race, gender, etc. And so should we!
Friday was a conference in Bonifay, FL for all the Sister missionaries! It was so wonderful! The theme was "The Errand of Angels," taken from the line "the errand of angels is given to women" from the hymn "As Sisters in Zion." The messages were about how God works through us with all our strengths and weaknesses, accepting and loving us completely, and we ought to do the same. We discussed how to overcome negative self-talk and turning outward and focusing on others. Thoughts are so powerful! I learned that when we are thinking about how others feel about themselves, (rather than what they think about us, what we think about them, or ourselves) we are filled with love, we are turned outward, and we have great positive influence on those around us, as the Savior did. I invite you all to turn your focus more outward this week- it brings real joy! I love you all!