So lets start off with a fun fact. When Cheyenne was first settled, they only had 7 trees in the whole city. 7 trees! They had to go over to Nebraska and bring more trees over so that they could try to grow something. How crazy is that?? I have also figured out what to do with all of my free time in the car. So we have the app Duo Lingo on our iPads, and I am going to learn French! We will see how far I get... But so far so good! Sister Jenks says she can totally see me speaking French.
This was quite the eventful week! On Tuesday, Sister Jenks and I experienced a ton of miracles and blessings. We found three potential investigators and invited one of our investigators to be baptized and she accepted! I cannot fully express how much joy and happiness I felt for her because I know what a blessing this gospel is and how much peace and comfort she will receive in her life. A little bit of faith goes a long way with our Heavenly Father. He knows that we have been trying and trying to find people here and it took a month, but He showed us those who are ready to hear and learn about the church.
On Friday we had a rather exciting beginning to our day. Let me start off by saying that if after Sister Jenks gets back from her mission, she decides to be a locksmith or something, she could totally do it. So we had service planned that we were going to do for our pal Rodney. Rodney is a less active member and he owns and runs with his daughter one of the ranches that we help out on. His daughter is a member and she served a mission in Florida so she has us over all of the time to talk about mission stuff. Anyways so we had just walked out of the house to go drive to Rodney's to paint the walker, when Sister Jenks looks in her bag and realizes that she doesn't have the keys. At this point the house is all locked up and the couple we live with had left early that morning to go to Utah for the weekend so we had no way of reaching them. We realized that Sister Jenks had left the keys on the window sill in our room. So we run to the side of the house to where our room is and look through the window, and the keys are sitting right on the other side of the glass. I took the screen off of the window to try and open it, but the window was locked. I tried like every window and every door on the whole house, but they were all locked tight. I would like to add that the very first thing we did when we realized that we didn't have the keys was pray and we both felt peace that everything was going to work out, so we didn't worry too much. Then Sister Jenks decides that she is going to try to open the side door with a credit card. I immediately thought that was lame and would never work because unless it’s in a movie, it never works. But I wasn't going to stop her, I didn't know what else to do, so I let her do that while I flipped over every mat, rock, and flower pot looking for a spare key. But no success there, so I went back to the side door and just prayed and prayed that we could get this door open. In the middle of my very earnest prayer, I heard the door pop open! She did it! She stinking unlocked the door with a laminated ARTICLES OF FAITH CARD. Do you see the irony in this situation? When I heard the door open, my eyes flew open and I shouted, "Shut the front door! There is no way that just worked!" We ran in, prayed and thanked Heavenly Father for helping us get the keys, and then went to go do service on the ranch. I learned a lot of super cool things on Friday. One being that there is no situation, problem, or hardship that our Heavenly Father and Savior cannot help us with. Sister Jenks told me in the car that the only reason she even tried using the card in door trick was because she had seen her brothers do it to get into their own house. We tried to get back into the house the same way about 4 times since then and we haven't been able to do it. Heavenly Father truly is mindful of us and knows how to get us out of those sticky situations.
One last story for the week. Rodney also invited us to go to a "neighborhood party" that he and his family were throwing on Saturday night. When we got there however, we learned his birthday was coming up so it was actually a sort of birthday party! Rodney is old and grouchy though so he didn't want the attention for it being his birthday. So we got to the ranch and they had decorated the hay barn sooooo pretty! There were lights strung up, and flowers, and hay bales to sit on. And Ashby (his daughter) is like the most amazing cook so we ate the best food. Serious food coma. Most of the people at this party were non members, so it was an awesome finding opportunity for us, and a great way for these non members to see us in more of a casual setting. Rodney had told all of his friends that the sisters were coming and that they had to be on their best behavior. Rodney loves being Mormon and telling everyone that he is, but just is having some trouble getting back to church. Sister Jenks and I love Rod so much though. He is so kind and has the most incredible heart. Y'all I am getting attached to Cheyenne! I never would've imagined! But these people are just awesome.
I hope everyone has an incredible week. Remember that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of you and that He is mindful of everything going on in our lives. We can turn to Him for help and guidance and He will provide a way. It might not be in the way we think, or when we expect it to happen, but it will happen. I love you all!
Out in Carpenter, Wyoming which we are pretty sure only has like 20 people
Some lovely scenery
Sister Jenks and I at the super fun barn party
The fence behind me has boots all over it, but the wind
was blowing super hard so I couldn't take a decent picture
P-day hike today with an awesome family from the ward