We had a good week this week – lots of challenges and lots of success. We are now teaching a couple named Allan and Chelsea. They are really young and have an 18-month-old child named Riley. They are really solid! It's kind of weird though, because they are normal . . . and usually people like them don't listen to us. But they want to find out the truth for themselves and I am over the moon to be teaching them. We are actually seeing them this evening . . . so pray for us.
Some of our other investigators like C, we did not teach this week. C has been sick with the flu, and Carla just disappeared, but that is how missionary work is. On a brighter note Marina, IS SOOO SOLID. I don't know if I mentioned this in an earlier e-mail but her mother gave her a lot of anti-Mormon stuff . . . and if there is anything I learned in Southend, it’s how to answer questions about anti- Mormon literature. So on Wednesday night she fed us dinner, and then she said she had been “looking stuff up” about our church, and then just started pouring questions out on us! Some of them were really difficult as well, but thanks to the wonderful Spirit of the Lord we answered all of them. It was way cool. She said at the end, “Man, you guys have an answer for everything.” We told her to read the Book of Mormon and pray, and that is how she can know if what we are saying is true. She came to church as well and she really enjoyed it. She has come a long way. In just a matter of 6 months she has given up alcohol and a party lifestyle, and now she is taking steps closer to our Heavenly Father.
Our ward is struggling a bit. We don't have a good turnout every Sunday and some of them are really mean to one another (especially in Relief Society). Not too many of them really look excited about being at church, and everybody we bring to church sees it as well. It is frustrating . . . but at the same time it is kind of fun. Having troubles and trying to work around them is all part of the adventure, I guess. It’s exciting to try and overcome things. Most of the members that come out on Sunday are great though, there are just a few things that need to be taken care of and this ward will be great. I am excited to move forward with this.