Happy (late) Valentine's Day! I hope y'all had a wonderful day. I love y'all so much and so grateful to have y'all in my life??
Well, another funny and crazy week in the wonderful city of Powhatan. Sadly, we didn't get the cops called on us this week, maybe next week hahaha
So we have been working with this guy named Michael. He has 2 kids, a boy and girl who are both teens, who are living with him right now. When Sister Squires met him, he was a heavy drinker and smoker. He quit drinking right before I got here. He has relapsed once about 2 weeks ago, but he is still going strong right now. We are going to slowly wean him off smoking, but we are trying to take it one step at a time right now. He is doing great though. He wants to be baptized, he just needs to work on his word of wisdom issues and continue to come to church and things will be great. We had a ward family home evening last Monday night and he and his kids came to it and loved it. We played a lot of games like Charades and Apples to Apples and they really enjoyed themselves. He knows this is what is best for him and his kids, to learn about the church. He LOVES the Book of Mormon and reads it everyday, which is so awesome.
On Monday night, Elder and Sister Sopp, a cute older couple that works in the mission office took us out to dinner. The also attend the Powhatan ward and are so sweet to us. They definitely spoil us. It's nice because he is over the cars, phone, and IPads, so if we ever need anything, like more miles, he sneaks them to us. It's so great!!
Sister Wilson, came to our district meeting about two weeks ago and told Sister Squires and I that if we ever needed anyone to come out with us, she would be glad to come. So of course, we took her up on her offer and invited her to a lesson with us on Tuesday. I seriously love her! She is so sweet and definitely brought a good spirit with her. Our investigator could tell how special and how much love she had. It was really neat to have her with us.
We have been teaching this guy named Cecil. He has been looking for a church and loves the messages we have to share with him. We talked about coming to church and being baptized and he is so cool. He wants to be baptized but just wants to be fully committed, which is awesome because some people aren't committed all the way and become less active. So he told us he wants to be all in it! He has a crazy work schedule so it's hard for him to come to church, but he is trying to make time and come to church. He is awesome. We hope that things will start to clear up for him so he isn't so busy.
There's also a guy named James, he just married Lisa, who is a member but has been less active for over 10 years. She finally started coming back to church which is so good because it helps James come to church as well. James has a very big social life and likes to drink with his friends. He believes everything is true but expressed that he isn't sure if he can live the lifestyle of being a Mormon. Yesterday at church, we had a really good lesson in gospel principles about having faith in Jesus Christ and if we keep his commandments, we will be blessed. He told us the lesson helped him a lot and he will still continue to pray and read the Book of Mormon so he can get his answer. Lisa is a big help for us because she motivates him and answers his questions and explains things to him when we aren't there. He just needs to soften his heart.
We also had interviews with President Wilson this weekend. President is so great. He truly is amazing. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful president. It's weird, he's only here for 5 more months! It's going to be sad when he leaves.
Okay.... Of course I have to have some funny stories, cause it's Powhatan- life is hilarious here.
We were doing some potentials at the beginning on the week. We went to see one of the potentials named Pat. She wasn't home, but we talked to her husband, he wasn't very nice and rudely told us she wasn't home, he wasn't interested and come back later. He had a very big gravel driveway and we knew we could just turn around instead of backing up. So we started to turn around and then we weren't moving anywhere. We were stuck in DEEP mud. We tried everything we could to get out but nothing was working. We decided to go talk to him and see if he could help. We knock on the door and he just gives us this deep glare. I explain what happened and he looks at Sister Squires who was holding the keys cause she is the driver. He started yelling at her and started to tell her how stupid she was. It was really sad. He told us the same thing happened to him the other day, but still continued to say how stupid we were. He the slammed the door on us. We called our bishop and he was so nice and came out to help us. As Bishop was pulling us out, the man came out and started yelling at Bishop and telling him to not run into his garage and all this crazy, mean stuff. But our bishop was being really nice and helped us out. It was definitely really funny/scary/sad though. Thank goodness for Bishop! He saved the day!
The deer are all over the place here. We were driving down the road the other day and there were a bunch of deer just sitting there. Then one decided to run RIGHT across in front of us. Of course we both screamed like crazy and barely missed the deer. The Lord was watching out for us, thank goodness.
Saturday night, we decided to heart attack our bishop to thank him. We knew they were gone because they told us they were going on a date for Valentine's Day. After dinner we ran over there before a lesson with a less active. We were just starting to put hearts on their door when they pulled up. We didn't know what to do. We walked to them and made some lame excuse up that we wanted to wish them a happy Valentine's Day. They went inside and we just ended up putting the hearts on their garage. In ward council yesterday, of course the bishop told the whole ward council how sweet we were and how we heart-attacked them. We are on the Bishop’s good side now hee hee.
Okay, last crazy story, we had a lesson with David Noe, a less active, on Saturday night. We were just talking about repentance when gun shots started going off like crazy and we heard a scream. We aren't really sure what happened, but it sounded crazy.
Lucky us, it's snowing again. Boo. We are praying it doesn't get icy or else we will have to stay inside because we are out in the "country" and roads are super sketchy. It really feels like you're on a roller coaster.
Scripture of the week: Alma 13:24. It's says the Lord is preparing the hearts of the children. I need to continue to remind myself that and know there are people waiting to hear this wonderful message.
I love y'all so much, I hope this week is amazing!!!!
Love Sister Brooks!!
|When we got stuck in the snow. (It wasn't really funny)|
|I thought Dad and the boys would like this!|
|Just tracting :)|