Next week I'll be going to the session at the temple, so I won't email until later. Just so you know.
Last Wednesday we had MTE's (missionary training exchanges). We were trained by President Schmitt about personal revelation. He then transitioned into helping investigators come to church to receive personal revelation. It was perfect since the prior we didn't have ANY investigators at church. It was a very inspiring training and Sister Landeen came out with us to conquer the world. We had a great exchange. We added a former investigator and the lesson went very well and she said she'd come to church! That's what we like to hear! It was also just super fun to have Sister Landeen with me. She was one of my favorite companions. It's a shame we were only companions for 6 weeks. =/
President Schmitt read a bajillion verses about how the field is white already to harvest, so in our weekly planning we felt impressed to plan to have one baptism the coming week (this week) even though we didn't have anyone with a date for then. Then the next day we were talking with everyone trying to find the person that was going to be baptized that week. We saw a former investigator named Leo (18) who said he'd be baptized on August 30th!!!! It was a miracle. We set a return appointment for the next day, and we exchanged phone numbers. Sadly, his phone bill has not been paid so he can't actually call anybody on it. He called us from one of his friends phones later to say he couldn't make our appointment the next day, but he wasn't with his friend anymore. BUM! We were sad. We fasted so that we could find him and help him be baptized. We even drove to his apartment morning to knock on the door to wake him up for church if he wasn't there. Someone peeked through the blinds but no one opened the door. D:< Then our family that had dates for didn't come to church. That was really hard. We were way sad. (see sad picture)
Later we added an investigator that was actually meeting with missionaries in the Iowa Des Moines mission when she lived there. She is the daughter-in-law of one of our members and she is so prepared! Her name is Summer and her goal is to be baptized in October when her husbands moves here. She was at church, so we had one at church after all!!
Last night we added Regina at a dinner appointment with a member family. Regina is 15 and is friends with Amber who is a convert herself. Sister Taylor kept pointing out that Amber was sharing the gospel with Regina. Regina said her parents would be okay with her learning, so we taught and set up a return appointment! Miracles are happening, family. It's wonderful.
We also added the Ramirez family, an RLDS family that is looking for more spiritual nourishment. It's super weird teaching them because they already believe in the Book of Mormon, but we're not sure they read from it much. They are very nice and we can feel the Spirit in their home. We testify often that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and they said theyd' meet with us! It's kind of fun!
I attached a picture of Roger and Virginia Meyers. They are recent converts. They are both brain damaged, so they're a little slower, but they are AWESOME! Elder Lucero taught him. It's really funny because neither of them can say his name right. They either say Elder Lornezo or Elder Luceero. Anyway, they were engaged for 6 years before they got married and have been married for 37 years. We went to teach them a lesson this week and Virginia was all upset because her ex-sister-in-law (used to be married to her brother) was getting a divorce from her 2nd husband. Virginia is really distraught that people don't understand that marriages are supposed to last forever. I'm grateful for you, Mom and Dad, that you have taught me that marriages do last forever.
Man.....that's what this week was like. It was a wonderful week. We are so busy we've done splits twice this week and we have them planned for tonight as well. We were feeling so swamped on Friday night that Sister Latham was getting anxiety. So in the morning during language study I made some calls and got us some members to do splits with. We feel much more caught up now.
The work is going forward. It's wonderful to see. I hope you're all helping with the work where you're at! LOVE YOU ALL!!!! -Sister Bishop
pic 1 - myself, Sister Landeen (one of my companions. We were only together for 6 weeks)
pic 2 - POWAY!!!!!! I served with all of these people in my favorite area, and we were together at one place so we took a picture! Elder Hill, Elder Arntsen, myself, Sister Landeen, Elder Nestoryak and Elder Harrison.
pic 3 - me with Roger and Virginia Meyers
pic 4 - me and goats at service
pic 5 - our sad faces when people didn't come to church!