It's crazy that there are only 2 more weeks left in this transfer. It has gone by fast. Unfortunately I was very spoiled in Hot Springs-we lived with members and had full car. The area is huge though, so it wouldn't really make sense not to have full car. We just had our walk week-my second in the mission. I am glad that I'm not spoiled as much anymore because missions are supposed to be for working! Work work work all the time and if I don't I feel really guilty. I try not to feel guilty but just do my best. It's good to be pushed though, and I feel that I have been this transfer. I have gotten better at contacting-which is my weakest point I think. We actually met this nice family(a couple named Samantha and Steve and their two kids) that lives next door to a part member family we are teaching, the Lackeys. Noah Lackey who is 15 has been running with Steve, the 30 yr old rugby player. haha. At first when we knocked on their door, Sam said,"Oh, we're already Christian" and was about to shut the door. As we talked with her more, she completely opened up and started telling us about the yard sale she was getting ready for, and..well basically her life story. It never ceases to amaze me how talented these Southerners are with talkin :). We had a great conversation with her and ened up helping her a lot with her yard sale. I found myself getting personally invested in it, and when people would come and look around, I would guide their attention to items I thought they would like. I enjoyed being a little sales girl and was really happy when people bought stuff! I think their yard sale went pretty well. We realized yesterday that it feels like we've known Sam and Steve forever but really we've only known them 2 days. Funny how that happens. I think that's the way that it should be.
A great thing that happened this week- we finally were able to contact a referral. This woman is named Chelle, and she works with our ward mission leader. She has been going through a rough time and is in the process of moving. We have gone to her house probably 3 or 4 times and she wasn't home. We felt impressed to go to her house again yesterday and she immediately opened the door. She let us in, and actually let us help her pack things up and move. So many people turn down our help. I'm sure they have their reasons, but we are just missionary girls! We don't look like the mafia like 3 elders would standing at their door step. Anyway, she let us in so that was really good. She expressed to us that she had low spirits that day and felt overwhelmed about life and moving. She had prayed earlier, explaining to Heavenly Father her need. Then we showed up and helped her. She said "Everything happens at the right time". I felt so happy to be able to get in touch with her and have her be so positive to us and the church. She told us that she has actually had a Book of Mormon for a few years-she bought one at a yard sale once! How funny is that! She paid for it.
I find myself singing that Paul Simon song more frequently...."I'm talkin about Graceland, Graceland...Memphis Tennessee, I'm talkin about Graceland". Did you know that Elvis was taking the missionary lessons in Hawaii when he was filming a movie at the Polynesian Cultural Center before he died? And apparently there is a sister in the Southaven ward who works at Graceland. One day when she was younger, she found the Book of Mormon that one of the Osmonds gave him. She decided that if it was good enough for Elvis, it was good enough for her. She investigated the church and got baptized. AND, another lady that wrote a book about Elvis came to Bartlett about a month ago. She called the sisters for a Book of Mormon and other literature so that she could take it to Graceland. She wanted to give it to Elvis's daughter because apparently it was Elvis's request that his daughter find out about the church. All these things I never knew...
We had a great day at church yesterday. In Relief Society we talked about being on the Lord's side of the line. When we are even an inch outside of the line, we are in the tempter's power. This stuff is important- cause when you are keeping the commandments, you are entitled to the Lord's blessings. When we are not, we see the consequences. They may not be immediate, but they will come. The closing hymn was "Be Thou Humble". This song touched me. It really reminded me of Mom for some reason. I think it just reminded me of the way she serves and trusts God. "Be thou humble in thy pleading, and the Lord thy God shall bless thee, Shall bless thee with a sweet and calm assurance that he cares". She bears her testimony to me of this almost weekly. He does care. People talk about "tender mercies" from the Lord all the time. Sometimes I think, well how can you really know that was from the Lord? But when you receive spiritual confirmation of things, you just know. The closer you live to the spirit, the stronger that knowledge is. The other day I was eating a nectarine, and I know that that nectarine was a tender mercy from the Lord. Let me explain. It had been a rough day. Sis Bridgewater got sick so we had to stay in the apartment alllll day. I was sorta going crazy. I just wanted to get out and work and not sit around. Well, we had a sister who was planning to come out with us that evening. Since Sis Bridgewater was still sick, Sis Yuen stayed with her and I went out to see a few of our investigators with this sister from the ward. I was kinda scared...haha. I don't know why, I've done it before. Anyway, it was a good experience but when I got home, I was just really happy to be back with my companions in the apartment, having accomplished something that night. Why eating a fruit helped me realize this, I don't know. But it was awesome.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and please remember how blessed you are.
"As if everybody here knows exactly what I'm talkin about..."
love sister wilde