On Wednesday night we went out with a member from the elders quorum presidency to visit some non-members. One of those visits turned into a lesson with him in the members' home on Sunday. We were a little nervous at first because he has degrees in theology and apologetics. We were worried he was going to want to argue with us the whole time. It actually ended up pretty dang smooth and the spirit was there. He seemed very in tune with what we were saying. After the member said, "This is how yo have success." So true. Elder Mejia and I, as charming as we are, have to have the help of the ward to have any lasting effect on people.
We also got to teach Hava, the lady from Albania this week. Her english is super rough and she can barely read so we are working on getting some different materials for her, but she seemed to understand the Joseph Smith story pretty well.(:
At church we had an entire part-member family show up. The wife isn't a member and the husband is a recent convert who just barely was ordained an elder. She is a super sweet lady and finally found time to come. We're really happy about it.(:
Also during Elders Quorum one of the new move-ins to the ward, probably about 30, asked if we would teach him all the missionary discussions to help build his testimony. We're stoked!
Oh man. The bishop got up in sacrament meeting and starting telling this story about how when he was on his mission, he went on splits with another branch President to church. While sitting on the stand the president says, "and our next speaker will be Elder Walker (our bishop)." He said he was freaking out because he had no idea he was going to speak but the person giving their talk didn't show up.
Then he says, "Today, we have a similar situation...! One of our speakers didn't show up."
Then he smiles, real coy-like. You know, like when you put a hole-in-one on the mini golf course.
The bishop says, "So we're going to ask a missionary to speak..."
Elder Mejia and I were all, "....Nooooooooo.... D: "
"...The sister that will be leaving on her mission next month."
And we both literally cheered in our pews and all the members around us were busting up. So the other girl had to speak for like 15 minutes. Props to her, she did a good job & we got our heart checkup.
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