(from July 20---sorry this was posted a week late!)
Something funny happened last week. We were going to a members home, and we had our GPS guiding us to the right address. Although I guess our GPS took into consideration even dirt roads as possible ways to go, because it led us from a paved road, to a dirt road, and then (what it pictured down below) basically an ATV trail. We decided that we could not take that bumpy, narrow trail in our car! So we turned around, and had to re-route. Eventually we found the member's home! (which happened to be next to a beautiful lake! There's so much water here.)
Lately we've been doing lots of tracting. Sometimes it can be really hard to tract out in the hot, humid heat. We go door to door, and not a lot of people answer. When they do, most don't want to hear what we have to say. A lot of people put walls up and get defensive. Sometimes they seem annoyed at us. I think this partially comes from the crazy rumors about Mormons (and all our "crazy beliefs"). Maybe they think we're going to try and cram our doctrine down their throats! Sometimes we don't even mention our beliefs, or ask if we can teach them, we just ask if they know anyone that could use a prayer or service. And they still have walls up. We all need to realize that we're on the same team! We might have slightly different beliefs, but we're all on the same team, on Christ's team, fighting for good in the world. Help spread it!
One day while out tracting, we came across a note on someone's door (see below.) They had saw us coming, and we could tell that they had quickly written on this paper and taped it up before we got to their door. I decided that I could do one of two things: 1. Buy them dinner. 2. Leave a note back. I went with the latter. We got out a sticky note and I wrote, "Thank you for your faith! Keep your testimony strong! God is good! :) Love, the Mormon missionaries" Hopefully that left them with a better impression of us than they had before.
The ward here is great in Wetumpka. We have one family ward and a budding YSA. The members are so willing to feed us and go on team ups! Missionaries truly appreciate that kind of help. As far as the work goes, we have a few new investigators! We'll see what comes of it in the next little while. Something important you have to understand in missionary work is that you can only do so much. Eventually, people have to use their agency to develop their testimony, keep commitments, and progress.
I love y'all and hope your summer is going well! Stay cool!
|The road our GPS lead us to...|
|Someone saw us walking down the road and put this up on |
their door before we got to their house :)
|There are signs like this all over Alabama|
|Out biking :)|
|The classy rides of Alabama|
|A member took us to get homemade ice-cream from a cute place |
that also sells fresh veggies and crafts!