Monday, October 3, 2016

Another Great Week in Odessa!

August 29, 2016

Hello, everyone!

On Monday during P-day, we stopped at the church for a little while to play the piano.  We taught a lesson to a high school age boy named Alec and he loved the Restoration video!  The Spirit was really special.  A ward missionary named Brother Kee came with us to that lesson and was able to testify of Joseph Smith and suggest a place for Alec to read in the Book of Mormon.  We were then able to meet an awesome family, who are members of the church but haven't been coming lately.  We got to know them and they shared with us how they joined the church.  They want to come back, but keep letting other things get in the way.

On Wednesday, we did family history with an elderly woman who isn't active in the church.  That was pretty fun!  Later, we got picked up from a member to go to a lesson with M., another high school age boy we have been teaching, because we have been running low on our mile limit.  We then taught Reese and talked about the Plan of Salvation that Heavenly Father made for us.  She has a really strong testimony, and said she never wants to miss church, not even for a cruise. :)  Then, we actually got a call from a man named Mark who we met last week asking us if we were still planning on meeting with him that night.  Somehow it had slipped our minds!  We met with him and his daughter and had a great discussion.  He is trying to understand the things that are different from what he already believes and what we believe, and is willing to learn and study things out.  We have another lesson with him on Wednesday night and our ward mission leader is coming!  That will be so great!

On Thursday, we had an absolutely amazing meeting with missionaries from the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota areas.  Elder Bradley D. Foster and Elder Kosta, leaders in the church, and their wives came to speak to us.  Elder Foster taught us how the best way to do missionary work is through the members of the church.  It shouldn't be members helping missionaries, it should be missionaries helping members.  That night, Abby, a youth in the ward, came out with us.  It was really amazing because Sister Minson randomly found some people she had met before, and Abby was really awesome with joining right in on the conversations and finding opportunities to testify.  

On Saturday morning, we saw a lady named P. who we had met who lives in our apartment complex and had asked us to bring her a Bible.  We were able to have a great discussion with her about our favorite scriptures and she wants to start studying the scriptures every day at noon.  She is super nice, and has an adorable spoiled dog named Sofia. :)  That night, we had stake conference where Elder Foster spoke.

On Sunday morning, we made crepes and pancakes!  Then we got a ride with some members who live right upstairs to stake conference where Elder Foster as well as our mission president and his wife spoke.  It was a great meeting!  Then we made mac and cheese and chocolate chunk cookies for lunch :)  Last night, we met a man named Jonathan who really seems interested in learning more about our church.  He texted us a few minutes after we left saying he had read the pamphlet we gave him and he seems excited to meet with us next week!  He had a cute little daughter who kept ringing the doorbell while we were talking, haha.

Anyway, it has been a pretty good week!  We were able to rearrange our plans and get rides so we have enough miles.  We are planning on getting haircuts later today.  You all just remember to share the gospel with your friends!  It is such a happiness and blessing to me.  Who wouldn't want to share that with others, especially the people that you love most! :)
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Sister Porter

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