On Tuesday since it was our p-day, we went to the science museum here in Richmond! Which was good because it was about 100 degrees outside and humid. But we went there and got to watch this video about space in one of those big imax dome screen things, and it was sweet. Closest thing to a movie that we can watch and it was so fun. :)
Wednesday on the other hand, wasn't so good. It just started out on the wrong foot. All of these people were canceling their appointments with us, telling us they weren't coming to church, recent converts were telling us they wanted to leave the church all together, and it just wasn't good.
Then we spent the rest of the day contacting and literally no one would talk to us.
So we were just like, what the heck?? Today is the worst day. And then our lesson for that night cancelled.
Luckily, we had a lesson with Ian, which went pretty well.
But at the end of the day I was feeling pretty bummed. Then I flipped to two scriptures.
Doctrine and Covenants 112:10 "Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers."
And then I realized that I needed to be humble and cheerful. Heavenly Father knows that some days are hard and that we aren't perfect, but he still expects us to work with a smile on our faces. We just need to be humble enough to trust that he knows what he's doing. :)2 Corinthians 9:7 "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
On Thursday we met with a lot of recent converts and less actives and had another lesson with Ian. He is doing really well, but he just has a really hard time letting go of all of his doubts and political issues. He can't accept that God knows best and sometimes we have to just be obedient. Then Sister Clonts shared this scripture with him:
Hebrews 1031 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
While she was reading this to him he started to cry. Hopefully he can just remember to have faith, because faith and doubt can't exist at the same time!
We also got two new investigators this week! A girl named Sam and a girl named Peighton. We had great lesson with them and they're both on date for baptism on! So we'll see how they progress. :)
Thenwe literally had the perfect day. It was so weird. We ran into all of our favorite people on campus and when we were driving home we even saw fireworks. So, like i told you before, transfer calls were . So all night we were waiting to see if we'd get a call.
Right after the fireworks ended and we were driving home, we got a call from President Wilson.
Yep. Sister Clonts is transferring and becoming a sister training leader!
So that means I'm going to be getting a step mom! (Sister clonts is my "mom" because she was my original trainer, and now I'll get a follow up trainer so they'll be my "step mom").
That also means that I'm now leading the area after only one transfer and will have to explain and introduce my new trainer to everything and everyone here. No pressure.
Ahhh! SO scary. But hopefully Heavenly Father will give me a great companion and it will all work out! So on Tuesday I'll get a new comp!!But I'm staying here in Chippy thankfully. :)
Also,Ian went with his girlfriend to the D.C. temple visitor's center and went shopping in the Deseret book store there. Guess what he bought..... two little sister missionary figurines. Yep. Then he brought them to church and had us sign them.
Today we're just going to dinner and lunch with a bunch of members to Sister Clonts can say goodbye! Then we have FHE tonight.
Everything is great here though! I love Richmond and all the crazy people here.
I love being a missionary :)