Monday, July 14, 2014

Week 53 - Latta, SC - 7/14/14

Good afternoon from Latta, SC! How's everything going? I hope well! Let me just tell you about one of the crazier weeks I've had out on my mission!

We had a rough start to the week. Investigators were dropping like crazy. Within a few hours, four people dropped us. It wasn't a complete heartbreak though because the people weren't really progressing. But even our progressing investigators dropped off the face of the earth. I won't lie, I was a little stressed about it. But Sister Parker and I know that there is opposition in all things (2 Nephi 2:11) and something good was bound to happen.

Well first, we got a media referral. This guy M wanted a Holy Bible. He's clear up at the top of our area but since we have a rental car (meaning we have unlimited miles), we figured we'd go. M and his girlfriend, R, were outside and R ended up wanting a Bible too. They are the most humble people! They accepted a Book of Mormon and want to learn more from us. Not only that but during that visit, they also accepted the invitation to be baptized! They are some prepared people and we're hoping to get them to church this week so they can still be baptized on August 2nd!

Then on our way to Zone Training Meeting, we had to get gas. As we were stopped at the gas station, this car was blasting one of the most vulgar songs I've heard in my life. We're just sitting there singing "I Am A Child of God" while we're filling up. Sister Parker had the impression to give him a pass along card for some strange reason but we followed it and gave him one. Later that day, we got another referral from Temple Square. The guy we gave the card to, A, actually called the number and was interested in learning more! Wut. We went over on Saturday night and taught his family. We put all six of them on date! A seems the most sure of the six to be baptized. We're seeing them tonight and stressing the importance of this baptism in comparison to any other baptism they may have had already.

Back to ZTM, we had interviews with President Turner then. He's a great man! I love him already! Except in my interview, he said "It looks like you're a seasoned missionary!" I cringed. I just love being a missionary so much I don't want to be a seasoned missionary yet! It means my time's coming to an end! But other than that, we had a pretty good meeting! I'm excited to be working with President and Sister Turner for the remainder of my mission.

Also, get this, I used American Sign Language for the first time on my mission this past week! We contacted some people on their friend's porch and one of the ladies mentioned how their friend's daughter was deaf. I haven't even heard of anyone being deaf in any of my areas thus far so I was like "It's time to use my talents!" The daughter came out and I asked her what her name was and told her my name. Since it's been a few years since I've signed all that was coming back to me was how to say "Nice to meet you," "Chemistry," "Turtle" and "Read this." There wasn't much I could say about chemistry or turtles so I pulled out a pass along card and asked her to read it. She thanked me and said something else to me in sign language that I couldn't understand... So I just went with it. It was still cool though! I got to contact someone in sign language!

Well that's all for this week! Thank you for all your love and support! I'd love to hear from all y'all! Anyway, have a blessed week! Love y'all!

- Sister Amy Christensen

No better way to celebrate my year mark than with peaches and ice cream!

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