This week felt forever long but it was an awesome week!
To start off, we had MLC (Mission Leadership Council), and about 40 missionaries from our mission came to Bismarck for it. On Tuesday, we went to this Sports complex and played ultimate frisby, flag football, kick ball, and soccer for a few hours, then we got to go back to the mission home to watch the movie "Free Town" (if you haven't seen it, it's amazing, but make sure you have your tissues handy) and the Face to Face with Elder Holland. Wednesday we had the actual meeting, then headed back to our areas for to do missionary work.
Friday I participated in my first ever Zone Training Meeting as a Zone Leader (which means that between me, my companion, and 2 sister missionaries we had to take up 2 hours of training that we had to pray about and decide what to have a training about.) It really was a cool experience, but I'm pretty happy that the stress from that experience is over, at least for another month.
So, as far as doing missionary work, like finding people to teach and teaching people, we didn't do any till Thursday. But we had an awesome week once that day hit.
Sunday was the best ever! For the first time in..... about 9 months? I had an investigator come to church, and to make it even better, we actually had 2 there! We were so happy to see them there! E is one of them, and T is the other. They seemed to enjoy it although we didn't get to see E afterwards, but we went to visit T at 3. We had an amazing time there with her, her son S, and D, the lady she is living with. We taught them the Plan of Salvation (my personal favorite lesson) and you could just see in their eyes that it made sense to them, but most importantly you could feel the Spirit in that room. So strong. It was such a special moment. When we first met with T, she believed in a higher power, but she said that "if it wanted me to know about it, it would let me know, so I guess I'm not supposed to know." We asked her why she thought we were there, and she said that there aren't coincidences, so she is probably supposed to learn from us, but she didn't know what. And, to paraphrase what we said to her using the words of Paul the Apostle to the people of Athens "He whom ye ignorantly worship, declare I unto you." As we taught about Heavenly Father and our relationship with Him, she got excited and intrigued. At the end, we invited her to pray specifically to Him, not just to some unknown higher power, and she did. And, as she told us later, for the first time in a long time, she was receiving answers to her prayers. One of the highlights of my mission for sure.
Loving it, as always. It's great up here. We're still breaking records of highest temperatures in March, so we're happy with that.
Love you all tons!
Elder Carter V