Sister Denton's Marvelous Mission: 5/2/11- Letter to the World

Monday, May 2, 2011

5/2/11- Letter to the World

Wow!  What a crazy week!!!!!
After P-Day, Sister Anderson asked if it was alright if we changed plans and went to tract some apartments at the end of a street we'd already tracted.  We though maybe it was to see some potentials there, but they weren't interested.  We started tracting and saw this guy playing baseball with some kids.  Sister A said we needed to go talk to him, so we did.  As we went toward him, he started shaking his head.  We introduced ourselves and he said he knew what church we were from.  He said, "My family was baptized in March seven years ago.  We are Mormons."  Awesome!!  So we went and talked to him and his wife some more and it turns out everyone EXCEPT him was baptized (and his son who was too young at the time, but is 10 now).  They haven't been to church in awhile, because he had some things that didn't allow him to be baptized and they kind of lost hope, but he still wants to be baptized and he wants to baptize his son!  Super cool!  So we're going to start teaching the Lebaron family!
We did a LOT of finding this day.  In the morning we met Jackson who took a Book of Mormon and set a return appointment (which he later cancelled).  We hope he'll be interested.  We went to follow up with a potential who wasn't home and met Josh, a man who just moved here and is looking for a Presbyterian church.  We told him we didn't know where one was, but said he could come to ours and he agreed--once the new one is finished (mid-June).  Next we went to tract some apartments I've wanted to tract for awhile.  We met Diane, who said we could come back, but wasn't super interested, and then we met Tomy.  He is from Haiti and is a Seventh Day Adventist, but is interested in studying with us!  Super cool!  We got a RA with him.  We also got a return appointment with the Camp family, who didn't have time to talk at the moment.
We called to follow up with John (the Spiritual seeker who agreed to read) and asked if he started reading the Book of Mormon.  He said he started last night and if we give him two days, he should have it finished.  Man, does he know how to make a missionary's jaw drop!! 
Later in the day we called Tyler, the friend of the minister we'd met last week.  He said he'd been reading from the Book of Mormon, too, and that he'd for sure be at church on Sunday!!!!
We had a couple of appointments fall through early on, which led to tracting.  We met this awesome kid named Josh--he's going to be famous one day, so remember that!  He had talked to the sisters before, but had been told that the Book of Mormon teaches different stories than he believes.  He took our meeting him again as a sign and agreed to read!  He's a graphic designer and is trying to take the book of Revelation and make it easier for young adults to understand, so we told him about D&C 77 and he's excited to look it up.  He was home on Spring Break from school in Florida, so we told him to look the missionaries up there.
We had team-ups with Sis Day, a girl who's preparing to serve a mission.  She came with us for like 5 hours!  First we went to teach the Labarons again.  That went well, but getting them to church will be tough.  He knows he has no good reason not to come, but still won't make the jump to come.  Next we went tracting and then we went to teach Anton and Katherine, the couple who went to Bible College.  I think they're interested and just don't know it.  They are still willing to meet with us, they just inform us every time that they have no intent of being baptized.  They really are amazing and we hope to see them progress!  They said they'd like to come to church!
Wednesday night we had another tornado warning.
CRAZY storms this morning, found out later that there was another tornado warning out and there were actually two F1s that touched down in Palmyra, PA, which is about an hour NW of us.  We met with Tomy with a member in the ward who speaks some French.  It went well!  The biggest issue is whether the Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday.  We had another amazing dinner at the Smiths--Swedish Meatballs this time and some of the best carrot cake I've ever had!
Also, I don't know if I talked about Sadie last week, but we got a media referral for a CUTE girl we had talked to on the street.  She actually requested a Book of Mormon!!!
We had Leadership Training in Harrisburg.  I just just now...that we go to Harrisburg a lot and it's the capital!  Cool!  We watched a PHENOMENAL talk that Elder Holland gave in the MTC in January of this year.  We also found out that our phone's texting capabilities will be turned ON as of Friday!!!  Holla!  That is going to help us connect with so many more investigators and members!!!  We also found out that starting in the August transfer, missionaries who are training will be issued personal DVD players to watch the District movies and other tracting movies.  Also, those companionships will have TWO hours of comp study time for the first two transfers.  Changes are exciting :D
We went to dinner at the Hilliers where we had THE BEST enchiladas I have EVER had in my life.  No joke.  They were phenomenal.
We went to follow up with Sadie, but she wasn't home, so we left it with a guy there who actually used to be LDS!
Lots of tracting and finding :D
More tracting and finding!  We went to an active member's home for a lightning visit and they invited us back for dinner.  My first time trying was DELICIOUS!!!  Who knew I liked seafood?  Certainly not me!
Today we're going to go to Wilbur's Chocolate Factory and the Pretzel Factory--both in Lititz.  Lititz is actually pretty historical!
Love you all!
Sister Denton
Reminder...The new mission office address is
2600 Boyce Plaza Ste 101
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

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