Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5-12-14 I don't know about Christmas in July, but Christmas in May is Real!!

Hi there!
It has been a long week, but a good one.  But I am very happy it is Monday!
Last Monday we went hiking like I said in my last letter!  It was so fun!  Two of the other sisters we went with ended up eating a grasshopper.  They asked if I would try one and I said sure but they never caught another one.  It ended up being so much longer than we originally thought.  My companion is scared of hiking and rocks because she has had some really bad experiences, but she didn't want to let any of us down so she went.  Her fears came out near the top when she started crying on a rock. But together we went really slow and made it all the way up!  The view at the top was so pretty.  Unfortunately, my camera was in her pocket and she noticed  about part way down that it was not there anymore.  Our Zone Leaders who were with us decided to go back and look for it so we could keep heading down.  They looked for probably 20 minutes.  In that time we made it to the bottom of the trail and were waiting for them.  We finally decided to say a prayer and shortly after the sister asked that they would find my camera in good condition, before we even closed the prayer, they  radioed over the walkie talkies that they found it!  #prayerworks.  They ran all the way down (because we were all going to be super late for our dinner appointments. They told me they found it barely hanging off of a bush over a cliff edge.  You can bet I said a lot of gratitude prayers the rest of the day.  Well by that time we were running so late for our dinner and we still had to drop other sisters off and pick up our clothes.  But we had two really good lessons the rest of the night, if not just a bit behind schedule.
We had a meeting as a zone this week.  It was so great.  I always love those and receive so much inspiration on how to do better.
We volunteer twice a week at an organization called Warm Hearts Warm Babies which provides clothing and necessity items for mothers who just had a baby but can't afford things.  They had their annual luncheon for all their volunteers this week.  The ladies we sat with at lunch asked us all about the church and being missionaries!  It was awesome!!  
During lunch they were recognizing all their volunteers.  They asked the Brighton group to stand, then the Colorado Springs, and so forth.  After that, the main lady we work with said she wanted to recognize 2 people who weren't associated with any group.  And then she started talking about the Mormon missionaries!!  How normally people view them as annoying boys who come knocking on her door and she didn't really want to talk with them, but now she knows us as kind, good hearted people who are always willing to help and work hard.  They've had about six missionaries who they've worked with and they have just been so impressed with us.  It was incredible to hear her talking about us this way, and not just to our face, but to a whole room of ladies.  She had us come up to the stage so they could have a picture and the ladies all applauded us.  It was great to see them look at us differently.  While we were there earlier, you could tell they were looking at us a little strange, but after that you could feel a difference in the way they looked at us.  It seemed like they were curious if their previous impressions were wrong.  A lot of people came and introduced themselves to us after that.  It is great to see the Just Serve program working, it really is changing how people view Mormons.
Not too much else to share this week.  We did a lot of tracting and contacting people.  We found a few potentials.  Still working on the donut guy!  We totally went and bought more donuts today and had a 30 minute discussion about the church and what we do as missionaries!!  30 minutes and 3 dollars are totally worth changing his perspective and preconceived notions about us.  He told us today that he thinks it is awesome what we are doing, young people devoting our lives to the Lord.  haha he told us we were beautiful inside and out.  He meant it as not getting caught up in what the world thought we should be.  He told us we changed what he thought about the church!  So awesome!
Sorry this isn't longer.  It has been a struggle this week with the work and trying to find people to teach, but I know they are out their somewhere.  Just have to keep searching, stay strong, and keep the faith.  Hope you guys are having a warmer week than we are!!  It has been snowing for a day and a half now and it is quite thick.  Everything is white again!  It has been rainy all week and now it has turned to snow.  I think by next weekend we are suppose to be up in the 80s again.  Colorado is crazy...
Love you guys lots!!  Miss you so much! 
Love, Sister Grossman

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