Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 15, 2014

This week was interesting. We had exchanges with our sister training leaders which went well. I was with Sister W. She had really wanted to get called spanish speaking, but didn't so when we went on our exchange, she asked if we could speak Spanish all day which, of course, I was happy to oblige. She spoke really well! It was a fun day. 

So I forgot to tell you a story last week. We didn't have a curfew for the 4th of July so we got back a lot later than usual. We walked into our apartment complex from the parking garage and I saw a guy, I thought he was leaving so I held the door open for him, but he just stood in front of us. I let go of the door and tried to walk around him and instead of moving to let us by, he just put his arms above his head. So we awkwardly walked past him and started waiting for the elevators. He was staring at us for a while and muttering something about disney characters then said, "So are you guys movie stars or sports players?" "Neither." "You're not?" "No." "Well do you drink?" We explained to him that we were missionaries and he drunkenly told us he would come to church the next day, but we had to go wake him up. Then we got in the elevator and died laughing. It was really funny.

We had a really cool experience this week with contacting. We had an appointment with S and decided to just walk to our dinner appointment after. We stopped by the car and grabbed 5 copies of the book of mormon and started walking to our dinner appointment. We walked for about 30 minutes without any success. We only had about 30 left until we had to be to dinner and we resolved that we wouldn't walk into their house with the copies of the book of mormon. We kept walking and praying that we would find someone. Suddenly, two black guys called us over to them and started asking us about our church. We gave them each a copy. We kept walking and found two more guys (okay, so maybe they were drunk) and gave them each a copy. We were less than a block away from our dinner appointment and already 20 minutes late, but I wouldn't back down. We said we would give away 5 copies of the Book of Mormon so gosh dang it, we were gonna give away 5 copies of the book of mormon. We started walking down the street and at the end we saw a man walking towards us, we resolved to give him the last copy we had. When he got closer I said, "Hi!" But he cut me off saying he didn't have time and kept walking. We walked for a few more yards kind of crestfallen. We turned around to walk to our appointment when we saw him walking towards us. "I'm sorry, I felt bad," he said, "I'm just so used to people asking me for money." I told him we actually wanted to give him something. We gave him our last copy of the book of mormon and happily walked to our appointment. We felt bad though because we got there a half hour late. but as it turned out, the members had got home late and were just finishing up dinner when we got there. So in the end, everything worked out perfectly. It was a cool experience. 

We haven't been able to meet with J yet. We had to reschedule our appointment for Friday. O is still doing great though! We had a lesson with him yesterday about Jesus Christ and showed him the Beacuse of Him video ( He liked it and he promised he would pray this week to be able to see the hand of God in his life this week.

Well this week should be interesting. On Wednesday we're going to Boston for Return and Report. It's a meeting for all the new missionaries and their trainers. We'll talk about how this transfer has been going and get more training. Then we're going to go to the temple together. I think we're the first group that will get to go. Before, the new missionaries and their trainers would just go to the temple grounds and take pictures but now we can actually go into the temple, which is exciting. Then on Thursday we have a zone conference, which will take all day and another training with our ward mission leaders and bishops. Then we have district meeting on Friday, which is just the morning. But it will be a week of meetings! Our proselyting time is being cut in half though, but the days we are going out are already packed. We have a lot to do this week and not a lot of time! But we'll make it work.

I also got a phone call this week from the mission office. Since my return date falls in between transfers, she asked if I wanted to go home October 24 or December 5. I told her that I wanted to go home in December. Sorry Mom, I'm just not ready to go home yet! There's still too much work for me to do here.

In other news, the world cup finished last night. Germany won, beating Argentina 1-0. The Netherlands came in 3rd, beating Brazil 3-0. When you're in the Spanish program, you know everything about the world cup, weather you want to or not haha it's all the members talk about. 

I hope you all have a great week! 
Hermana Hutchinson

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