As the 4th of July got closer and closer, I realized that it was my first Independence Day in the US in 2 years! It was kinda weird to think. The actual 4th of July ended up being really lame because it was rainy and cold all day. The fireworks show we were going to go do got moved to the 5th. We moved our zone 4th of July festivities to the 5th. We had a Zone meeting in the morning and got back together in the evening to watch fireworks in New Britain, CT. I thought it was going to be lame, but it ended up being a really cool display...I mean, it wasn't Boston, but it was cool.
The night before the 4th, there was a wicked awesome thunderstorm though. Idaho thunderstorms just can't measure up. The sky was basically a giant strobe light of lightning and it was raining really hard. Luckily we managed to get into our apartment before the downpour. We opened our blinds all the way, turned off the lights and just watched the storm from our 19th story window. It was so cool.
The weather over here has been really hot. June was decently hot, but then July hit, it got really hot and humid. It's not as humid now since the thunderstorm, but it's definitely more humid than Idaho. It's even more humid than Chile. We've had our air conditioning on since last week. It's been HOT. I'm definitely grateful to be in a driving area for my second summer of the year....
So the drug addict lady--D. She actually dropped of the face of the planet. She stopped answering our calls, stopped answering the door. So we stopped contacting her. I guess it wasn't her time yet, but she'll come around.
This week started of kind of meh as far as missionary work goes. But yesterday ended up being a really great day! We got a referral from the mission office so we went and visited him with our ward mission leader, H. The referral's name is J and he's from Mexico. We had a great lesson with him. He kept telling us that he really wants to change because he knows what he's doing is bad. He kept talking a lot about how he felt like there was "something" that he needed in order to change, but he struggled putting into words what he was looking for. We gave him a Book of Mormon and shared Alma 7:11-13 and Etherwith him and talked about how our weaknesses will become our strengths through the power of Jesus Christ. He also kept asking us why people believed in saints and even though we told him we didn't worship saints, he said, "I know, but my question is, why do people believe in saints?" All we could say was that we had no idea. He's a really great guy and we're excited to work with him. We could tell he had a real thirst for the truth and we know he'll find it.
We also had an appointment yesterday with one of the Elders' investigators, O. He is living with a less active member, R. Wow. They're both amazing. We got there at, thinking it would be a quick appointment, but we ended up staying for 2 1/2 hours talking about the gospel. O is so cool. He also has this desire for knowledge and truth. He was almost quoting Alma 32 when he kept saying how he had a "desire to believe" but he just wasn't there yet. He desired to have a spiritual experience so he could know, not just in his mind, but also in his heart that Jesus Christ is his savior. It was a cool lesson we had with them. They are both wonderful people. O is one of those "jack of all trades". He's done just about everything and he's good at all of it. Right now he's has a great job at an insurance company called "The Hartford". This is the insurance company that insures JLo's butt. They also insured Baby Ruth and Lincoln's house. He told me he'd refer me if I ever wanted to work there haha
So there's also a kid in our ward named J C. When I first got to Hartford, I was told that he didn't want anything to do with the church and when he turned 18 he was going to leave. Well he turned 18 in June and all the sudden... he wants to serve a mission! I have NO idea where this came from, but we're all really excited for him. He's been hanging out a lot with our ward mission leader, H, who's also preparing to go on a mission. H has been such a great influence on J C! I didn't know J C very well before, but I've seen a huge change in him, it's been so cool. So we really want to start working with him more and helping him prepare to be a missionary! We've been teaching his youth class on Sundays so we've been getting to know him better. He's a really good kid! I love seeing how the gospel changes peoples lives.
Hope you all have a fantastic week! Love you all!