An ad in the metro - thought you'd get a kick out of it! haha
So good to hear from all of you! Things are going pretty well here! Elder Howard and I are getting along great! We have had kind of a slower week as far as working with investigators goes, we have been more in the finding mode.
We did have a pretty sweet experience yesterday though, so we picked this street to go tract, and we got there and realized that most of the street was commercial and not residential, but there were a few houses, so we figured we would knock on them anyways. There were 3 houses, and nobody answered at the first two. We get to the third one, and this guy answers, but he tells us he is not interested and just takes a card and sends us on our way. So we were walking away, and about 10 seconds after he had told us to leave, he yells to us, "Hey, what do you guys teach anyway?" That was the first time on my mission that anyone has called us back, and I talked to Elder Howard about it afterwards and he said that usually that means that they want to argue with you! But that wasn't the case this time.
So we walk back to the door and we get to talking, apparently he is taking care of his 93 year old mother and doesn't ever get out. As we got further into the conversation, he tells us that not 5 minutes before, he just started to pray that something would relieve him of all the stresses that he was going through with taking care of his mother, and apparently he is going through some court issues as well. He started to cry and told us that he didn't realize it at first, but we were the answer to his prayers! Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot of free time, so he isn't able to meet with us very often, but we are going to make all the excuses we can to drop by his house a couple of times a week. It was sort of a crazy moment for me to realize that that is the reason we go out knocking all of these doors, and although it doesn't happen often, sometimes people are waiting for us to come to there house just so they can have someone to talk to, we asked him if there was anything that we could do to help him, and he told us that we had already done more than we knew we did. It is awesome to see that just by our example, people are touched, and hopefully we will be able to work with him more so that we can continue to help him in his situation.
Well thank you guys so much for everything, I am glad to hear all is going well. Dani, glad to hear that school has calmed down a bit, and I think you are CRAZY to miss a few days, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Or as you would say, "It iiiii what it iiiii" haha. Well that's all I got for ya, love you guys, talk to you next week!!
- Elder Schaap