Monday, August 5, 2013

The Strength of Families

The one question everyone keeps asking me is if I am getting fed well enough out here, and yes I am! The members in the ward are pretty good, we usually have dinner at a members home at least 4 or 5 nights out of the week. So no one needs to worry about me starving out here! I don't know what happened, but I'm not even a picky eater anymore! I will eat pretty much anything that the members give us, which is a big improvement from my past haha.

We have been teaching another set of brother and sister the past few weeks. Their names are Zach and Jessica. Zach is 16 and Jessica is 19. They live with their grandpa who adopted them a few years ago and he is an inactive member of our ward. The kids had a really tough childhood, I am not sure of the details but it was definitely not a good situation. They are great kids and they both really want to be baptized, we just have some issues that we have to work out before that happens. So those are two of our investigators, and then we are still working with Sabrina and Savong. We have really been working on our relationship with their mom, and she finally gave the kids permission to be baptized!!! She just wants to make sure they are ready for the commitment, and so we are going to teach them a little bit more so they feel like they are ready. Hopefully we will have a baptismal date set in the next few weeks.

We have still been doing a lot of work with the less actives in the ward, and it is starting to pay off a little bit. On Wednesday we dropped by a lady's house from the ward directory who we hadn't met. She was shocked to see us at her door, and we couldn't quite figure out why. She then went on to tell us that she had just barely gotten home from the hospital after having a pre-heart attack. She had spent three days in the hospital, and as soon as she got home we happened to show up. Her and her kids had been inactive for 5-6 years now, and so she took us showing up at that moment as a sign from God that it was time for them to go back to church. So we met with them again later in the week, and her and her 21 year old daughter and 18 year old son were all at church on Sunday! So in total we had 7 less actives at church, and 4 non members were there also. It was pretty sweet!

Out of all of the families that I have met who have gone inactive or aren't members, they all seem to have had some major troubles within their family. Whether it has been divorce, abuse or anything like that, all of their problems seem to have started within the family. It has really shown me how much the Gospel can bless our families. It makes me so grateful that I have had such a good family life growing up, without any problems like that. It shows how important families are, and I can see why the Church puts such a strong push on creating strong family units. So everyone out there be grateful for your family that you have and love them to death!

Last p-day we had planned to go to the submarine museum and take a tour, and then go to a place called Fort Griswald, which is like a battle ground from the war. But because of government furloughs they are all closed on Mondays now! So we were so bored that we ended up playing croquet in a park. Haha!
 The city of New London.  This is the biggest city in our ward boundaries.  The rest of the area is a lot more rural and out in the woods.
 Just chillin' in the park!  Elder Batts, his new companion, is the one in white.
 Wondering what in the world Rog and Lette were thinking sending these crazy socks! They definitely are not approved by missionary guidelines! Haha!
I got to talk to Elder Pulsipher back and forth for quite a while today!  These are a few of the things he shared:
*Things are going great with his new companion, Elder Batts.  Elder Batts has been out for 10 months now.
*He lives in a house.  It is a big blue house that has been converted into 3 apartments.  They live on the bottom floor.  It is actually really nice for missionaries.
*They have had a few big downpours of rain but nothing too crazy.
*On Wednesday they went to this barber shop in downtown New London because a guy from their ward owns it and he got baptized about a year ago but then went inactive. So they go in there and talk to him and he gave them both a free haircut too! They were in the more ghetto part of town so Elder Pulsipher was the only white one in the barber shop.  He said it was sweet. "Elder Batts fit in alright, but I was feeling a little out of place!" He talked to them for quite a while.  They are excited to keep working with him though.
*Favorite meal from the members: "Nothing better than meat and potatoes!" They don't get that too often. They get a lot of pasta!  But it is still always good and they are very grateful.
*The work feels a little slow right now but they are still working hard.  He feels blessed for the the success they have had so far.  It is definitely hard, but definitely worth it.
*"The days are long but the weeks fly by. It seems like I have been out forever, but it has already gone so fast.  I know it will only go faster!  Gotta make the best of it while I can!"

1 comment:

  1. Love it Kayd. Thanks for sharing and your example. keep posting!! J Fillmore