Missions Change You!

September 21, 2015

Transfer: 8,  Week: 1 (BOO!)
Monday: On Monday we had P-day. We emailed and then took our typical chocolate trip to Mona's (only like the best chocolate/gelato place in the history of the universe). After that we did laundry at a members and then went to downtown Langley. We went "shopping". It's not the same with your own money. They had TOMS on the Island. I REPEAT THEY HAD TOMS ON THE ISLAND. AND THE EVEN BIGGER NEWS: I DIDN'T BUY ANY! Missions change you. Truly. We also walked down to the beach and just enjoyed the fresh Washington air for a bit as we watched yachts, cargo ships and cruise ships pass. Then we went and tracted for a bit. It is starting to get hard to tract in the evening because it gets dark early. In the winter it is pitch black by 4 PM.  Luckily, it gets dark at 7 right now, but with no street lights and a billion trees it is really dark by 6:30.
Tuesday: FULL OF SERVICE! We were able to do our studies in the morning (my favorite part of the day) and then do service for a sweet eldery lady in the ward. Then we got our mormon.org time. We get an hour every other week to get on all the church websites to look up talks and stuff. IF WE HAD IPADS WE COULD DO THIS MORE FREQUENTLY. I am not yelling so I don't know why that was in all caps. I am not mad or bitter or jealous or anything. After that we did service at a place called Ryan's House. Then we went out and tracted. Good ol' tracting. It never gets old. ;) And then we had dinner at the cutest couple’s house. They are new in the ward. They are in their 30's and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE YOUNG! We love them and it was great to talk to them about the Atonement! After, we had a lesson with JC about the temple. He is preparing to do baptisms on the 10th of October so that is so exciting! Next step: get sealed to wife!
Wednesday: We had district meeting so we had to catch an early boat. It was a great meeting about listening and inspired questions. We also had a lesson with our recent convert Z. He is doing so well and he is preparing for the temple on October 10th.
Thursday: Thursday was a day of contacting, tracting in the rain, and house checks (we passed!).
Friday: Our weekly planning day so we were inside a lot, then we tracted for a while. Then we meet M. I will tell you more about him in a second. We got to talk to this guy named J. He’s basically doomed to become a member because he has so many connections. He knows like the whole ward and he knows us through some service that we do. Anyway, this week we were able to talk about our beliefs with him. We were able to share our testimonies and it was great! Hopefully he will want to take the lessons.
Saturday: National Day of Service! We (the ward and the community) went and cleaned up a cemetery. It was great and we got to wear those really cool yellow vests that you see on mormon.org! Pictures to come! After that we met up with some elders. Our district leader and his companion and our zone leaders all came over to the Island to tract some areas. Not too much success there but we did get the number of a lady! We are calling her this week. :)
Sundayyyyyyy: We had church of course! And it was lovely. And basically our day was just filled with studies.
So here is a story: Two Mondays ago we were driving to dinner and saw a guy pulled over on the side of the road needing a jump. We stopped, and he said that nobody had stopped for 15 minutes. Well he didn't have cables and neither did we so we left and called a member to go help him. A few days later the guy was broken down on the opposite side of town and when he got out of the truck he turned around to see our members there again. So they jumped his truck. THEN just a few days ago we were grabbing our mail at like 8:30 PM. When we came out of the post office we hear, "OH MY GOSH, YOU ARE KIDDING ME?! YOU TWO GIRLS AGAIN?!" Well he needed another jump and this time he had cables. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH HIS TRUCK-just sayin. Anyway, we started talking about the church this time. He said that he had met with missionaries in the past and he has attended church before. He didn't know there was an LDS church on the Island. So we exchanged information and are hoping to set up a lesson for this week!
I know that Heavenly Father is a God of Miracles. I know he provides and blesses us according to His will and His timing. I know that prayer is a two way communication between us and God and we can receive answers if we ask in faith. I know that God is perfect and he has a perfect plan for each of His children. He provided a Savior so we can be forgiven of our sins, return to Him, and live with our families forever. I know that we all have talents and abilities that are God-given that we can use to strengthen, uplift, and help others.
I love love love love love you all! I hope you have the best week ever! Pray, read, obey, smile. xoxo

Sister Rodda

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