Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thank Goodness for Patience

Hey Everyone.

You are probably wondering how my week went. So am I.

I don't have too much to say about this week. A roller-coaster of emotions is probably a good way to describe things. We began last week with ten investigators. Many did not keep appointments, commitments, and so forth, making them quite insistent candidates for a revision of teaching schedules. Now we have three investigators, two of whom are hanging on by a thread, and the remaining one who is super solid, but doesn't want members to come to her home. I think she's a little bit socially awkward. This does make member presence at discussions with her quite difficult. So basically, one result of being obedient this week is our numbers looking like poop. I guess it's a good thing that Heavenly Father cares much more about the quality of our obedience than the quantity of our obedience! Now I just need to stop being late to things.

Not only did many of our investigators fail to keep appointments, but almost all of our promising potentials as well. We had a "Why I Believe" fireside on Sunday which none of our people came to either. This was a rough week. Perk, it's been cold enough that no mosquitoes are out!

Patience is the one new investigator we were able to find this week. Patience is twenty years old and has two daughters. They are adorable! She and her fiance are a very good team at parenting together, and they are getting married in June hopefully. Just in time to teach Law of Chastity! She is the coolest! We were reading with her in The Book of Mormon about Moroni's promise (Moroni 10:3-5). After we had helped her understand the archaic language phrase by phrase, she abruptly put her book down and said, "Where's a highlighter? I need to mark this!!" I almost burst out laughing in my astonishment! It is so rare to find someone who hungers for truth the way Patience does. I love her so much! We're so thankful to have met her.

Also! This week, we were driving back from our district meeting in Luray, and a baby black bear crossed the road to join two bears on the other side!! Lolloping is an absolutely perfect word to describe how a bear runs. It was lovely!

Love you all! Be safe and well.


Sister Naomi Rapier

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