It has been another week!! I'm only down to like 16 left according to Sister Baum... it's crazy because you can feel that it's coming closer to the end. I really don't dig that. But, all good things must come to an end.. GOOD THING IT'S NOT OVER YET!
It has been a really good week! Sister Whitesell is blossoming and continuing to get better! So in training, week 11 is when they basically take everything. Well, it's only week 8 and we have decided to do that! That's how amazing she is!!! She's doing a great job. ️ so proud of my Mija! She has been working on recognizing and acting on promptings! Huge improvements there too! One funny experience with that! So we were going to contact Rebecca since we haven't been able to get a hold of her for ages.. we called her and Stressly's phone but no one answered... so! We decided to do the missionary thing and drop by! Well.... no one came to the door... I remember Sister Whitesell making a comment about opening the door.. haha. I just kinda laughed because... you just don't do that.. especially is certain situations... like this one. As we were walking down the stairs the spirit poked me and reminded me that we are trying to get her to act on her promptings. I felt terrible. So I turned around and asked if that was a prompting. She said she thought so. So we marched back up those stairs and she turned that door knob and slowly opened the door... it was the most eerie thing of my life.. the room was poorly lit and the door did that squeaky thing just like it does in scary movies... it kept opening and we saw no one for what felt like an eternity.. we were both worried we were going to walk in on a murder scene or something like that. That was the feeling that was there.... wrong. Bad ju ju. Anyway, finally we saw a person! Yaaay! It was Rebecca sitting at the table... she was like oh hey! Sorry I was in the bathroom and I just got out. I'm in the middle of transactions, can you come back later? We said we would. It was a very weird thing... she seemed to be hiding something and the spirit was not in her home..... I felt very off there. No bueno. We were going to have a little throw down and talk about life with her, but when we went back with the Elders, there was no answer... and no we didn't open the door this time.
Here's how we found her! It was super cool. So! We were going to visit Elizabeth. She told us it wasn't a good time. Whitesell was prompted to ask if she could think of anyone around we could visit. She sent us to her backdoor neighbor. Welp, he was just packing up to leave so he turned us away. We just continued to tract not having much success. As we were just walking down the street trying to feel the "poke" of the spirit. As I was feeling, the thought came that there was someone we needed to see. We didn't know it was on this street or somewhere else. But we felt prompted to walk back to the car. So as we were about to get in the key doesn't work... that's not supposed to be able to happen. But we decided to take it as Heavenly Father telling us something! One house caught my eye so we just walked over to it. It was actually super sketchy... but as we were just standing there on the porch waiting for an answer, I felt that we were actually where we were supposed to be. I haven't had it that distinct before. So that was that!
She sleeps during the day and works at night time. She works as a CNA. She has 5 girls and her husband works in Monterey right now. They are a little bit religious. The girls go to a Christian church every Sunday because a bus picks them up. She goes when she can since she works crazy shifts. She has 4 days of work then 2 days off. We shared Prince of Peace. She really liked it. She asked what made us different from Christian churches. We talked about how we are Christian thru and thru, as in we worship Jesus Christ and strive to become like Him, but we are different because we believe in other things too like Joseph Smith. She hadn't heard of him but was interested in hearing that story! We told her we would love to come back. She said she would like that! Set a time for Tuesday. She said evenings are best because it gives her time to sleep during the day! She's awesome! Super open and kind! ️
Oh my goodness! This lesson was amazing! She is so solid. We found out she was at church on Sunday but we didn't even see her!! But she said she was super impressed how kind everyone was. She really felt like it was a big family. We asked how much she really know about it all, she said she doesn't know much except for that which her friend told her. Her friend sent her some awesome scriptures from D&C that were super powerful to her! She shared one of them with us. Started the resto. She nailed every question. She said she just feels like everything we believe is common sense. She totally believes that the first vision happened. She was amazed that Christ came to the Americas too. We invited her to be baptized. She said she totally would. So we asked if we could set a date. She picked !! So amazing! She asked how we baptize. Talked about that and what baptism represents. She also explained to us what it meant to be forgiven so she basically explained the whole repentance Process to us, she said she had felt it work in her life. We talked about prayer. She lives the simplicity of how we pray. She said she will pray about the Book of Mormon and about what we taught. She asked where the best place to start reading in the Book of Mormon is. We told her the beginning is the best place. Talked about the witnesses and maybe reading the intro again. She was really excited! She will be at church in 2 sundays because she is going camping this weekend! Set up a time for ! ️
Well. We talked about the sabbath day. Pam understood and she said she would live it. She will have to give up her shopping on sundays. She also expressed her concern that she sometimes needs to get out of the house. We told her walks are okay, just not shopping. We talked about Tithing... that was where she had a really hard time... she was really worried about. She didn't understand why she couldn't just give a few dollars her and there.. we explained that it's what the Lord has established. We invited her to just try it and see if He will bless her. We also invited her to pray about it... it was a little tough.
He's a cool guy, we tracted into him with Hood's warmer colder spirit guideance. But he said he doesn't usually open the door for people like us but he did for some reason today. He like to learn about religions and picks what he likes from each. Doesn't affiliate with any one church though. Talked about his basic beliefs in Christ, He led by example. Wanting to gain Christlike attributes is a goal, everyone has trials in life and not everyones are the same. He doesn't know what exactly to call God but believes in a higher being. He's a way cool guy and very chill, fun conversation too. Oh and almost everything he was saying was in line with what we believe. So it was super cool!
Welp! That's about it for the week!! I love you guys! Have a great week!