Monday, October 26, 2015

Taco Bell, Katie's Baptism and Phone Contacting

I am Sister Waldron. She is Sister Kelly

Hello Everyone!

Can we have a moment of silence for Sister Waldron's last week as a missionary?

*moment of silence*

I am going to miss Sister Waldron to pieces!!!!!!! 

Okay now on to our week. 

A lot has happened...

- We have 2 new solid investigators.
- One of our investigators might be getting brain surgery pretty soon.
- We have to move because our apartment is infested with mold.

Okay, but on to the real exciting news...

KATIE GOT BAPTIZED! She was my investigator in Potomac that I had to leave behind. She is amazing!

Katie has such an incredible journey of faith. She has been searching for a long time for truth. Fun fact: for 3 years she went on this "search for truth" rampage where she literally investigated every type of religion out there. She had heard of our church but only associated it with our temple. She heard that only members of the church could go inside the temple and that is the only place you could worship. Not true. 

...SO, for years, Katie thought the temple was our church (a chapel) and she couldn't go inside. It wasn't until her friend invited her to come to church with him that she realized she could go inside of our church (chapel). They pulled up to the church building and she probably thought, "Wait, where's the big white building?? I thought you worshipped there!". When we met with her the first time, she was already in the middle of the Book of Mormon. 

Her baptism was so beautiful. Her little brother that is living in the Netherlands (he's in the Marines or something) came. AND JEYBEN SPOKE AND BORE HIS TESTIMONY about becoming a member and the blessing that he has witnessed. Katie and Jeyben are close because they were both raised in a similar faith and were brought up in a very similar way. President and Sister Huntsman were at the baptism as well. 

Katie and Krew

Also, we had 4 of our investigators come to the Ward Halloween party and they had a blast. Then 3 of them came to church! 

Sister Waldron and I dressed as each other for the party. We switched outfits. Sister Waldron even rocked the classic "Sister Kelly messy bun" . We then tried to method act and be each other but we kind of failed. 

Our reaction when investigators decide to drop us. "Sister Kelly" and "Sister Waldron" style.

Apparently "Sister Kelly" is all about the peace. 
One day while Sister Waldron was packing, I decided to whip out our Areabook and make some phone calls to random people that missionaries have contacted in the past. Even though it was kind of a weird way of doing missionary work, I felt good about it; so I continued. I called about 15 people. NOBODY answered. Some had their phones disconnected. Others hung up. BUT one person called back! I started talking to him and said that missionaries had previously knocked on his door but hadn't heard from him in a while. He said he wasn't big into religion and explained why. I then started bearing my testimony of prophets and our church and started teaching him about The Restoration. He then told me concerns that he had with God and mercy. Sister Waldron and I both took turns on the phone and we were able to tell him about God's plan for us. We really taught by the spirit and were able to answer questions that had conflicted his soul for a while. We are meeting with him in person on Thursday. This typed story really isn't giving the experience any justice. It was one of the best lessons I have ever taught. He was totally planning on rejecting us, saying that he wasn't interested because "religion is screwed up" but we started to bear a simple testimony and he listened. Then listened some more. And now he wants to meet with us. 

I love being a missionary and letting people know that ALL IS NOT LOST and that there is still HOPE for us. 


Sister Kelly

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