Monday, October 3, 2016

Another Great Week!

September 19, 2016

Hello, all!  Today we got the transfer email, and Sister Minson and I are staying in Odessa!

On Monday, we did a little shopping and then went to dinner at Steak n' Shake.  One of Sister Minson's converts from Palm Harbor works there, so we got to see her.  She is really sweet :)  We met with A. again on Monday night, and tried to explain how he needs to act in faith to receive an answer of which church is true.  We think he understands that better now, but we committed him to come to church and he didn't.  We haven't been able to meet with him again yet.

On Tuesday, we had the last district meeting of the transfer.  Guess who was also at the mission office for her district meeting?  Sister Anderson!!!  It made me so happy!  I love her!

We saw Kathleen, but since the fellowshipper we wanted for her was unavailable and we hadn't had a chance to get the necessary supplies, we didn't feel comfortable doing the stop smoking lesson until we were fully prepared.  So we rescheduled it for the beginning of October.  We saw Mark and his daughter Rebecca again.  I can't remember if I talked about them.  They are interested in learning about other religions, but I'm not sure they are really open to finding out if something besides what they already know is true.  They said they wanted to read the Book of Mormon on their own and then have us back for dinner in awhile to talk about it.  They are really nice!

On Friday we taught Orlando and Eileen more about the Book of Mormon, and our ward mission leader Brother Werts came.  It was a great lesson!  They are planning on reading the Book of Mormon together every night.  Then we went and taught the Montesinos more about how they can prepare to go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.  The Bishop came and was able to be a good friend to them and convey the important responsibility of doing temple work for our ancestors.  It was great!

On Saturday the Tampa 2 sisters had a baptism!  Sister Minson did a musical number with her former companion Sister Hunt, with Sister Felt playing the piano.  We taught Reese and watched most of the Restoration video with her.  We were supposed to meet one of our investigators at a restaurant for dinner, but were never able to find her and couldn't remember the name of the restaurant, only the intersection it was on :(  So we went to McDonald's. 

Yesterday we met with the Jones family in the ward.  They are super awesome.  They moved here recently from England.  They are great missionaries!  It sounds like they give away a lot of Book of Mormons.  Afterwards, we stopped by and were finally able to meet one of the investigators that the elders had passed on to us.  But that wasn't even the best part!  When we left, the next door neighbors the R.'s were outside and they are somewhat less active members that Sister Minson has been wanting to see.  They are really nice and actually moved from Utah last year.  Their son graduated from my high school the same year as me.  What?!  Anyway, we were able to set up a dinner appointment with them for Thursday!   

It was another great week.  I hope you all had a great one, too.  I love and miss you all!                                             
Sister Porter
District Meeting Pics! :)
Look who I found at the mission office!

The rest is just my silly district.  They're pretty great.  Elder Thomas, Elder Laub, Elder Smith, Elder Keppner, Elder Harper, Elder Durrant. Elder Ellsworth, Elder Stevenson, Elder Hale, Sister Blanchard, Sister Brewer, Sister Minson, me, Sister Felt, and Sister Swanson.

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