Oh boy I just loved that joke. I have had a hay day telling it to all of our investigators. Shelia got the biggest laugh out of it and so did Celia. Haha oh the fun on the mission.
This week was pretty good as far as the work goes. The best thing that happened was with Celia. We meet her again this week to go over the interview questions. She is so excited and got a pretty dress and picked the program. It is going to be great!! After we had a little lesson we had dinner with her and the members. It was vegan but still really good. She is just so great and excited to get baptized.
We also went and saw Adrian. He too is so excited to get baptized. We started to make the program with him and as we did he wanted me to baptize him. So next week is going to be really fun too. Things are just picking up and it is so exciting.
I had a pretty scary experience this week while on trade off. I went to an area in our zone that is in the city. We were having a really good day until we went to see the man that they have on baptismal date. We pulled up to his unit and to get to him you have to walk past three units. They have never had a problem but this time there was a man who was just going crazy!! He was in his flat just yelling and screaming and making heaps of noise. We did not think much of it until we walked by his unit and he jumped out at us.
Long story short he hates Mormons and was so angry that we were walking by. So when he jumped out he yelled a heap of nasty stuff at us. The funniest was to me. "You skinny &^%%. I will *^(& snap your (*&^# neck you little *&%$#." I was laughing so hard and did not think much of it until we saw Edward, their investigator. Edward was on the phone with the cops. The man that was yelling has a house full of swords and is very hostile. We were trapped in his house while the crazy man was pacing back and forth in front of the door. To make it worse I had to poop and the until did not have a toilet. You had to go out of the front door to get to it. Finally he left and we said bye and ran to the car safe and sound. CRAZY!!
We had another fun trade off with the Tallai Elders. I took the new Golden and Elder Sharma went to their area. The morning started out really good and then it started to rain. Hard rain. Drenching rain. Luckily we had a spare rain jacket for him. We put them on and went to work. We had so much fun in the rain and just got drenched. It was amazing. This work is so great and it was fun to show him we don’t stop for anything. We’ve got to work even if it rains. The bad news is that it has been raining since that day. It has not stopped us though.
The worst thing that happened this week was at church. We showed up early to choir practice and when we got there the whole side of the chapel was covered in graffiti. Someone had come in the night and wrote very mean bad words in grey paint all over the bricks, windows and doors.
Immediately people went to work spraying it off. They got power washers there and it is back to normal now. Crazy though.
It taught me a really good lesson. I was so full of hate and bad feelings for whoever had done it. In the opening pray the man prayed that the people who defaced our chapel would be blessed. He prayed that the people would be able to feel God's love and be forgiven. It was a really humbling prayer. I had to repent for all the hate that I had for it.
It also reminded me that the church is still true. Joseph Smith had to go through 10 times more persecution. It does not stop though. I love this quote that Joseph said...
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
It grows my testimony that this church is true. That it will never change. People will still persecute the church. But it will not stop this great work!!
I know this church is true. I love it. This is my testimony.
Hope you all have a good week.