This week was seriously one of the best I’ve had yet on my mission! I can’t believe how much the Lord is working here and with us! He has a lot of good stuff planned for us, I know it!
We had an awesome experience on Tuesday! The previous week, the Assistants to the President texted us and set up a trio exchange with us on Tuesday. After our interviews with President Weed in Greenville that morning, one of them, Elder Richins went back to Washington with us for the day, and we brought him back to his companion the next day, at zone conference in Kinston. It was seriously the best exchange I’ve had yet! We saw lots of miracles! We had set up lots of appointments for that day and were prepared for it to be a great day. We also had this extra energy or something from it being a trio. We saw an investigator with Brother Randall; which went really well. Then, as we were driving back, I felt impressed to pull over and talk to this lady who was struggling with some bags. We had a great lesson with her; she is struggling right now and her only transportation, a moped, has a flat tire. We all had so much compassion for her and are trying to do whatever we can for her. We taught 6 lessons that day with Elder Richins, 2 with members present, and got 2 new investigators. We had a super spiritual experience at 8:45 that night; which is usually just the worst time for us to talk to people, and we weren’t sure what to do. Elder Richins suggested we pray. We did, and decided to visit a nearby investigator. On our way, we saw a man walking his 2 dogs and decided to pull over and talk to him. He let us walk his dogs with him and we ended up talking for about a half hour about how he used to meet with missionaries. He was super cool, and I am so grateful for the power of prayer! The Lord truly watches out for us when we turn to Him in prayer and fasting!
Speaking of prayer and fasting, the Sisters and we decided to fast on Friday for missionary opportunities and ways to help this Branch. The sisters found a great talk about becoming pure; which suggests we make a list of things we need to do better/ stop doing. because of our fast and efforts to become pure, the Lord has brought us to 14 new investigators in Washington, 10 of them from the Sisters who also have 2 investigators set with baptismal dates. (Sisters are the best, can’t argue that.) I’ve also found we have a lot more success when we work with members.
To address the first two parts of my title, we’ve also had some crazy experiences this week. I’ll be careful talking about it, but one person was sharing some crazy ideas about Abraham Lincoln’s ethnicity, and a lady shared some interesting facts about Michelle Obama’s actual gender. The Illuminati is real people! Seriously though, kinda threw us off, and they also had some misunderstandings of the Bible and Book of Mormon; which we labored to clear up.
I forgot to talk about Zone conference. President Weed shared some intellectual evidence of the Book of Mormon’s reality, based on it fulfilling prophecies of Christ’s coming; which the New Testament did not fulfill. I wish I could help the many people here who think the Bible is and can only be the only Word of God realize how true the Book of Mormon is! The Bible just isn’t complete! It is so hard for people to see that because they are just so used to the Bible. President Weed advised we don’t share this intellectual evidence with others as they will not understand it, but at least we can have it to know for ourselves so that when we speak of the Book of Mormon, we can speak with the convincing power and authority connected to our calling as missionaries. For example, those conspiracy theorists I talked about couldn’t understand the least bit of intellectual evidence we threw at them, (Not even the least!) but they could not deny our testimonies even when they tried. Their tongue would be tied and they would be confounded.