Sorry it took me so long to get this email out The doctors took a good minute and it is an hour drive into town so that ate up most of our day. It seems like Sister Winkel just has bad allergies to Mississippi, poor thing
Our week was wonderful with lots of good missionary moments. One night we had two of the people who were baptized just a few months take us to meet two of their friends, and they were simply fabulous! As soon as we sat down they told us, “Just go ahead, we really don’t know anything. Just tell us what you know,” with big smiles on their faces. They know lots of wonderful members of our church that have been great examples to them, and they really admire the programs that the church puts out. We already love them and look forward to getting to go back and visit with them again soon 🙂
So kind of an awkward experience, we were out knocking doors this past week and we came to one door where a very large white woman answered the door. We explained to her that we were missionaries and then she yelled into the house, “Hey granny, do you wanna talk to these people?!” Then from around the door came this tiny little black lady. She smiled at us sweetly and then in the kindest little voice said, “Never come back,” and shut the door. Not the typical response we get at a door approach.
This week we have done lots of driving and made tons of phone calls. We’ve learned that people like to have appointments scheduled not just a few days before, but preferably they like them to be at least a week in advance. Good news is, we have lots of appointments scheduled for this week! We are excited to get to meet so many wonderful people 🙂
There was another day this week that a sweet little elderly lady took us out to visit all of her friends. She is so cute! This little lady is in her late 70’s and she’ll come and pick us up to, “go out visiting the elderly.” That woman is a true vision of dedicated service to the Lord. She loves the gospel and wants to tell everyone about it all the time! It’s inspiring 🙂
P.S. For anyone that is interested in a little analogy –
There is a lot to be learned from God’s creations and recently I realized that the little snake can teach us a lot about growth and overcoming our doubts. Every so often a snake grows a little larger and has to lose the skin it is currently wearing. In order to free itself it has to rub against rough places so he can once again move about freely. If he doesn’t loss his skin then he will be confined to never growing and reaching his full potential. Though at times it might seem difficult to rub away the old skin, he finds it is well worth it once the task is complete. There comes a point in our gospel learning that faith become knowledge and we grow to another level of understanding. In order to reach this point we have to be willing to stretch ourselves and get through the rough patches so we can reach our full potential. It isn’t always easy. In fact sometimes it is downright uncomfortable, but if we never let go of our doubts and move forward in faith so we can grown in knowledge, then we will never become all we can. I know sometimes it is difficult to get out of our comfort zone, but my testimony of the importance of the rough places has grown tremendously over my mission. Heavenly Father definitely has a clearer understanding of what is to come and I am so grateful that He only lets my understanding come in bite sized pieces 🙂 I’m grateful for the knowledge and growth I gain as I learn to exercise the faith that God has blessed me with. We are all blessed with that faith to move forward. We just have to move so we can rub the doubt away and grow 🙂