This past week has been bizarre. That is the word I would use to describe it. First, while knocking, Elder Strong and I had a great lesson with a family from Hawaii. I found out that some of their family members are from the city of West Jordan, around Kearns High School, so that was a cool connection. Well, after the lesson, Elder Strong kept walking down the street when we saw an office chair just sitting outside not being used. Immediately, we had the idea to take that chair and replace our other chair that is broken and only has three legs. We knocked on the door and asked the lady if we could have the chair. She said yes and we went to go grab it. Until then, we had not thought about how we were going to get it home. Out of desperation, I decided to just pull it along with my bike... not the best idea. Not even five minutes later the dad that we had just met with earlier comes driving down the street and asked what we were doing, to which we didn't have much of a reply. Thankfully he offered to let us put it in his garage till we could come by with a car and get it. It was definitely a win-win because he was dying of laughter looking at the mess we got into, and now I had a new study chair.
Second, and this story doesn't have as happy of an ending as the first: yesterday Elder Strong and I went tracting so we locked up our bikes to a stop sign. After a couple of hours we came back to our bike to head to dinner when Elder Strong looks at the bikes, then at me and says, "Hey what happened to your tire?" Sure enough, my front tire was gone... so that was kind of a downer for the day.
On the other hand, we had an amazing miracle. Earlier in the week, Elder Strong and I had plans to meet with several people, and at the last second each of them fell through. Stranded and out of plans, we wondered what we were going to do so late in the evening. Well, as we were walking we saw a lady named L taking out her trash and asked if we could take it for her. Just then she asked if we were with the Mormon church. After talking to her for a little we found out that L just moved up from California and had been going to the Mormon church there for over a year and had been taught all of the lessons by the missionaries. She told us that she came up here and lost contact with the missionaries down there and wanted to know where the church was so she could get baptized. By this point, Elder Strong and I were amazed that we found her. Not every day does someone you meet tell you that they want to join the church! As the Book of Mormon would say, we were "exceedingly astonished!?!" I know without a doubt that God put us in exactly the right place at the right time, and yes, our plans had to be cancelled in order for us to meet L. I am so grateful that God led us to her so we can help her find the church in Washington!
Church was great and we had four people show up to church that we are teaching. And each of them had a great time! We should have a baptism this next week on the 31st for T! And we have started teaching L and are planning on helping her get baptized soon as well.
Also, as a mission we had a chance to go to the temple so I will post some pictures that I took there!
Love you all and hope you have a great week!
Seattle Temple Trip ~ May 17, 2016
|Elder Strong and I riding the bus on the way up to the temple|
|The Seattle Temple|