How is everyone? So good to hear from you! Thanks for all the early birthday wishes :) I appreciate it! So glad to hear everyone is recuperating from Christmas and New Years.
This week was full of a lot of meetings. We had a zone meeting, interviews with president, and a zone weekly planning meeting. Doesn't sound like a lot, but they sure take up a lot of time! They are so fun though. I love seeing the whole zone. And I always learn so much!
Between those and service, we still had time for some awesome couple of lessons and quite a few miracles from the Lord!!
We met with the Wethors, but only Jen and Shelby. We are praying the 3 girls will be ready for baptism next Sunday, but we'll see. We might have to push it back another week. It was such a powerful lesson with them though! I love that family! I can't wait to see when they make those covenants. The two older kids were gone to their mom's house this week, so we didn't get to see them which was really sad. It doesn't give us much time to work with Shelby. We went to the Rout's one night and found out that Jen (the mother) was very sick. We called the Elders and had to wait until they could come give a blessing. The spirit was so strong during it. The whole family was there and listening and watching. I hope it was a good experience for them to see the wonders of the priesthood! I hope they all payed very close attention to the words in it. So we told them about 2 weeks ago, that every Sunday, we would show up at their house at 8am to wake them up and get them ready for church. Last week we tried, but no one came. So Saturday night as we were talking to them, we told them, "Ok see ya tomorrow!!" As we talked with some of them about it, we actually got a few of them to say that maybe they would come! We were stoked!!
So we show up on their porch Sunday morning. Have to knock quite a few times to get them to answer, but finally Britany does. She is their niece; both her and the Routs are all baptized. But Britany's boyfriend, who is also living there, is not a member. So she goes around the house and wakes everyone up asking if they are coming to church. We sit for a long time waiting until finally her and Dalton walk out dressed for church!! We were so pumped. Dalton was really closed off to coming to church so it was such a miracle that he came! They only stayed for sacrament (it was an amazing meeting! The speaker shared his conversion story which was perfect!), but it's ok, baby steps! He said maybe he would come to class next week! YES!! And so many people came up and said hi to them! Which is just what they needed since their last ward was really unfriendly. It helps SOO much when people come and talk to them. It shows them love instead of overwhelming them like I use to view it as. All in all, we felt so blessed.
We had our second lesson with the atheist/hopeful agnostic couple. I love them so much! They are so open to learning! It's not like they are particularly interested in the gospel, they are open to studying, learning, and listening! I love it. I know eventually their heart will be softened. Even if it's not while I am here. We had dinner that night with the Bishop. He invited an intern who is from China and working at his company to have dinner with us. We all had such a good time and were laughing so hard. Even though I know he isn't interested in the gospel, maybe in the future, he will let missionaries in to talk to them!
Well that's about all. I'm almost out of time today and we have a lot of errands to run. I hope you guys are having a good new year so far and things are going well. Have faith in the lord and his plan for you! Love you all! Miss you dearly! Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes!!
Love, Sister Grossman