This was a week. But a discouraging week doesn't make a discouraged missionary!! Well... most of the time hahaa. But when we do all we can, we have to leave the rest to the Lord.
It was a rough week on Sister Nelson and I. Starting with Enrique. When things fall apart with his love life, literally EVERYTHING else falls apart. He told us that he had thought about just walking away from the church and everything else in his life. Poor kid, he doesn't have great self-esteem.
Thursday we decided it would be a great idea to do our planning outside!! Good idea, right? WRONG. Sister Nelson and I were BURNT hahahahaa but its all good. I've got some color now on my right arm and left leg! ... hahaa
On Friday, all of our appointments canceled. So we contacted all day. And NO ONE was home. We knocked on at least 30 doors of former investigators, less active, and part member families. Even some active ones!! And no one answered the door. We finally texted our district leader and asked where everyone in Twin was... His response was "Straight up nobody is home! It's because it's Friday the 13th. We straight up tried tracting out of desperation today and no one answered then either. And we still have 2 hours..." hahahahaa I think with CSI's graduation (College of Southern Idaho) we just weren't having ANY luck. And even with all of our days of contacting this week, we haven't found any new investigators ready to hear what we have to say.
So I hope whenever missionaries walk down the street or they knock on your door, you don't run inside and hide. People have literally run from us... hahaa not sure why but... because being a missionary isn't all butterflies and rainbows all the time. It gets super hard when no one wants to listen or even just talk to you or when all your appointments cancel. WE ARE NORMAL PEOPLE TOO, not just Jesus freaks (although Jesus is always the answer. we found that on a bus as we were driving around Twin hahahaa). Twin is super different too because everyone here is either Mormon or they hate us. And some are just straight rude.
I take great comfort in the scripture in 3 Nephi 12, "11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; 12 For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you." If anything, this week has helped me have greater appreciation for the prophets who were persecuted and for the Savior. Who descended below all so that none of us would ever have to walk alone.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!! We have a super bomb week ahead of us. Temple today, exchanges IN FILER tomorrow, and Zone Conference on Thursday!! WOOOO!
happy days ahead