Well, this past week has been a bit slow but still full of movies AND some crazy things happened- I felt like I was in a reality tv show or a movie half the time!
Here are some of the weird crazy things that happened:
-On Wednesday, we were riding the bus to an appointment when a giant cargo truck took out the front right window of the bus! Luckily our driver wasn't hurt! We sat on the bus for 15 minutes while a woman across from us literally said "I need money! I'm definitely hurt! Call the paramedics here!" She really did wait for the paramedics while all of the other passengers all hopped on the next bus!
-On Thursday we took the bus down to the "states" and had an amazing lesson with a woman who we met through our other investigator.
Afterwards we were trying to get to the other side of the states and so we stopped and asked these guys in a mechanic shop for directions.
They offered to give us a ride there but we said no because we can't ride in the car alone with a man. Well as we were walking away they hollered at us and asked if we could just jump in the back of their snazzed up Tennessee pick up- we were like, "Holy smokes, of course!"
I'm not 100% sure it was the safest idea, but it was a lot of fun! It saved us like 30 minutes of walking. I love kind strangers!
-On Saturday we helped at the little pantry again and it was awesome!
When we left I gave them our # and told them to call if they had any extra carrots bc they had a lot that day. Well they called an hour later and gave us an entire crate! Like probably at least 150 carrots!
We had carrot juice that night for dinner!
-Saturday afternoon we were knocking someone's door and Hermana Schmit stepped back really fast and yelled, "What is that??!" I looked up and was terrified. Right above my head was a furry creature and for the first 10 seconds I couldn't figure out what it was. Then it came to me....it's a bat! There was a sleeping bat just chilling on some random apartment door! Hermana Schmit freaked out on the stairwell as I took some pictures!
Now, here are some crazy spiritual miracles that happened!
-Saturday night we weren't sure where we were supposed to go so we went and visited a guy we met a few weeks ago and then we went visit our favorite less active, Olimpia! Well on the way to her house we were crossing the street and let me give you some background really fast so you can see how crazy this story is- we love all of our bus drivers and one of them really loves us even though we never really talk to him- he always honks at us when he drives by, we love it! Well last week the Bellevue Sisters were in his bus and he mentioned to them that someday he wants one if the books that we give away. So Friday night we had some extra time while waiting for a ride from thr church so we sat in the chapel and I walked around and cleaned up all the trash and put the hymn books away in their proper places. While cleaning I found an English BOM and I was excited bc I wanted one to read through and mark for the last part of my mission and have as a
keepsake- but at the same time, in the back of my mind I thought about that bus driver. -so we were crossing the street Saturday night around
8 and a bus pulled up and stopped- it was the awesome bus driver!
First he looked at us and asked if we needed to get on, we said no.
Then I hurried and grabbed the Book of Mormon out of my bag, held it up over my head and yelled, "Do you want this book?!" He quickly replied, "Yes, I do!!" So I hurried and ran on and gave it to him.
After he pulled away I looked at Hermana Schmit and we couldn't believe how incredibly perfect the timing was for that- or that I had a feeling all day that I would be giving that book to him. I love crazy miracles like that!
-Tuesday we were all invited, every missionary, to attend the transfer meeting and it was incredible. We got to perform with the choir and it was so pretty. Well, a man named Dan Clark spake, and at first I wasn't too excited bc I was hoping an Apostle or someone was coming to speak. BUT, he was incredible!! He is an inspirational speaker- he speaks all over the world and he have such an amazing talk to us, specially catered to us missionaries. I have never been so inspired on my mission before to be better and to work harder. He shared some really special stories that I'll share when I come home.
-Tuesday after the meeting was so fun, getting to see all of the missionaries and all of my friends that I haven't seen in forever!
Well, we didn't have a ride home bc the Senior couple we came with, the Donaldsons (We LOVE them), were staying late to give a presentation to the missionaries who were leaving. So we asked the APs what to do and they said they would figure it out. Well, they came back in and told us they had the BEST news.....I was thinking we were getting a full-time car, but it was much better than that! They told us to go home with the Donaldsons and while we were waiting we could GO TO THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!! Any missionary will know just how excited we were. I almost passed out when they told me! It was exactly what we both needed and such a special experience. I just felt so loved by Heavenly Father while sitting in the temple. He is so kind and so aware of our needs.
-Wednesday night we were out with our lovely member Hermana Santiago and after visiting our investigator she asked if we could just stop by and see if a less active that she tries to visit is home. Her name is Nohely and Hermana Santiago has been trying to visit her for over a year and has never had any luck meeting her! Well guess who was outside cleaning as we pulled up? Nohely! And her husband and her cute little boy JJ who's 2! We had a blast getting to know them and I was in Heaven playing soccer with JJ! They expressed how they don't know why they stopped coming really and they want to come back to church!
Hermana Santiago couldn't believe it! She was in a joyful shock after we left! Miracles happen when members and missionaries work together folks!
We had our second FHE for the start of the West Nash Spanish group here and it was so awesome! We had 2 member families there- 12 of them! Our ward mission leader and Olimpia who brought two of her friends who are investigating the church! Hermano Juarez gave a short lesson on faith in Jesus Christ and it was so powerful! We played charades afterwards and ate sandwiches and it was a blast! It is so important to have ward activities where our members can be together and feel unified AND so they can meet and befriend the people investigating the church- so the investigators can feel like they have a "church family."
We haven't seen Victor in over a week bc he's been busy with work and we didn't have a car to get to his place but we ran into him randomly last night and we're going to meet up tonight to eat and teach the plan of salvation! I am so excited, Victor is so amazing!
I was able to meet up with the Aguero family from Hoptown today and it was so nice to see them! They are such good people and I love little Andy! He broke his arm so they were at Vanderbilt hospital for an appointment. I just love them!
It has been raining with thunder and lightning since last night! Like super loud and booming thunder that shakes my soul! I'm not usually afraid of storms but this one has caused me to jump in fright quite a few times! It's expected to keep pouring until tomorrow night at least! Flash floods here we come! Good thing we live on a hill and are on the top floor!
I just want to bear my testimony that I know with all of my heart that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that because of Him, my future is bright and full of hope. I am grateful for the person my Savior has helped me become and for the vision of my future self that I know I can be someday because of Him. That is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about- looking towards the future with hope and becoming the people we can be. This true and real hope in our Savior is what brings us everlasting happiness.
I also want to testify that what our families, communities, work places and the world needs is Christ like love. If everyone really took time to try and be like Him and love others for who they are and where they are at in life, we would be free of so much heartache and negative feelings like stress, anxiety, anger and bitterness. I feel like a hippie saying this but I Frau believe that all we need is love- Christ like love. I invite you to take time this week and evaluate how you treat others and react in certain situations. Pray and mediate about how you can be more filled with love and compassion for others.
I promise it will bring a greater light in your life. It will bring you closer to Jesus Christ and an understanding of how much He loves you personally. So regardless of how others treat you, just love them!
Because regardless of the things we do or say, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father will always love us!
I leave this small testimony with you in the name of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, amen.