Good morning! A cold, windy, and yes, SNOWY morning! Elder Burgoyne and I woke up this morning to the sound of wind rocking our apartment, and that can only mean one thing.... Winter is coming! It's practically here!! Funny enough though, that means good news for us Hmong elders. One of the biggest struggles for us is catching people at home. Most of the time they are either at work or farming... Now that it's gotten cold enough, and the season really is over, we have been catching people at the right time and have seen much more success trying to contact people without having appointments already set up.
We have been working long and hard to get enough people together for a Hmong party, and finally our hard work has payed off. After cancelling it for what we thought was for good on Friday, we were able to align everyone's schedules for tonight! We are cooking for them, and we decided on carne asada tacos. We thought about making them American food, but decided that we should cook something that is similar to their style of cooking and also something that was easy for them to remember should they ever want to make it again. I can't wait to give you all an update on how it all goes. I can't express how big this will be for our ward. This will bring everyone together and give them the opportunity to express their testimonies with their friends in a totally relaxed environment.
Now, updates on teaching successes and heartaches... First, John and Elizabeth, our most promising investigators dropped us early this week. We don't even know why,and it kind of threw us into a little bit of a whirlwind spiral-y funk. We were able to overcome it just by recognizing that the only way we could have more people to teach was if we got out and got to work. This little remedy cured us of our sadness, and we truly lost ourselves in the work. We were even able to find a new investigator who has a LOT of potential! That brings us to the greatest success of the week. Elder Burgoyne and Elder Cook (his last companion) tracted into Anna and set up a return appointment. She said she wanted to know more, and was searching for a church to join to strengthen her faith. But when they went back, she had been called into work and they weren't able to see her until Elder Burgoyne and I went back. We taught her about everything that we could in our short meeting, and this time she gave us her number to call her before our next visit to check to see if she is there. She (along with everyone in the world!) would benefit from the gospel in her life. Her father passed away, and he was a BIG figure in her life. She always quoted her dad, and seemed excited to know more about the plan of salvation.
So, missionary work is hard, and it always has been. BUT, with a concerted effort to move forward, and with faith in our Heavenly Father, we can overcome the trials that we face. That is the biggest lesson I've learned this week.
LOVE you all! Stay warm....