Happy Canada Day if you observe said holiday, and Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans. And Happy Birthday to all of you who have been celebrating that recently.
Can you believe how fast time is going by? It is already July and I hear time just keeps on moving from there.
So my week was pretty normal. Which I suppose is a good thing. Here's the rundown of what I did.
Monday: After our preparation day we went back to work at 6 and had a lesson with our investigator who is doing pretty well. He's a funny guy for sure. He always has a lot of questions though, which is great!
Tuesday: It was the first day that I didn't wear tights hahaha. So I'll no longer have white legs to blind people with, and I'm already getting funny tan lines from my shoes. Which is great fun. It was a very humid day, which I have to say I am not too fond of. We got invited over to this sweet lady's house. She had us over for supper (she fed us lobster before) this time we had scallops, and she tried to take us to her cabin by the ocean which is nearby, but we're going to try to do that on a Monday instead.
We volunteered at the museum, and knocked a lot, tried to catch people at home here and there and ended the day with a visiting teaching lesson with a wonderful member in our branch.
I found out that the Elders are very brave. They came with us to Victoria Manor to sing to the wonderful older folks there, and well, Sister Spencer and I did our best to sing loud enough to drown out the Elders... haha Just kidding, they weren't all that bad! And it was a lot of fun. We also went to supper at the Pettigrews, who are a sweet older couple. And we went to an event at the museum which was pretty neat. There is a lot of very interesting history here.
We mostly had a lot of weekly planning, meetings and then the fun came in the evening. First a lesson with our investigator that wasn't completely crazy, and then games night at the church! We had smores and hot dogs and it was a great way to be with the branch members.
We did another and final chalk drawing to invite people to check out Familysearch.org and we volunteered at the Artisans Gallery, which was a lot of fun. And we had supper at the Rance family's home. They are amazing!
Transfer Letters!!! Well Sister Spencer and I are staying, but the Elders are both leaving and not being replaced. They had to close a few areas for Elders because of the way that more Elders were returning home than were coming into the mission. So it will be the Sisters and the Senior Couple and our District Leader will once again be 45 minutes away. Very similar to my time in Montague. I hope it all goes well!!
I have learned so much this week about setting goals and working on self improvement. Just being the best that I can be. We ran into one man who was pretty crazy and rude and saying all this stuff to us about how we were lying to people and trying to convert them for their money. Well if anyone has any doubts about that who is receiving these letters let me dispel all of your worries now. We are NOT trying to lead away people. We are simply offering the truths that we know, that have blessed our lives, that make me so happy! We INVITE all men to pray and ask God. He is the ultimate authority, and nothing I say could convince you of the truth. And I wouldn't want to force anyone to believe me anyways. Ask God and he will answer. I love the Lord, and I know that men can call us names, people can slam their doors in our faces, but ultimately they are hurting themselves. They are being hypocrites as they call themselves Christians and they are simply inspiring us to believe more firmly that God lives, and this is his work. Jesus Christ was hated! He was killed by the people he loved, there is opposition in all things. Just as in his day, Joseph Smith was persecuted and became a Martyr, and today we are being opposed, slandered, yelled at, and that tells me one thing. That I'm doing something right.
Sister Katherine Smith