Well folks it's another Monday! There has been quite a lot that has happened since week.
Last Monday we taught a part member family, the Smiths. They are super awesome. She's been a member her whole life and loves the church. Her husband isn't a member but he is super cool and
supportive. He comes to church almost every Sunday and wants to raise his family in the best way he can. We are still trying to figure out what it is that is holding him back from wanting to join the church. He is a pretty private guy, which we respect, but it makes it hard to know how we can help! It's just been really neat for us to learn to listen to the spirit to know how we can best teach their family.
Tuesday was CRAZY. We were running from appointment to appointment all day long. We started off by teaching Jenna over breakfast and had a great lesson with her about the commandments. Seriously she is so prepared for this gospel. I think she teaches us more than we do her in those lessons. It's so easy for her to just accept and understand it all because it just makes sense to her. She is able to see how simple and right the gospel is. We then taught our investigators the Raya's who live out in Carpenter. The mom was baptized when she was 13, but never stayed active. Her daughter is 13 and super interested in the church. She has a crazy amount of faith and love for Heavenly Father and His son that I don't think I had when I was 13.... Right after that we drove down the dirt road to the Becks, who are another part member family. The Bishop came with us, and we taught a great lesson on the atonement and why we go to church. Brother Beck is not a member, but he agreed to take the lessons again and come to know if the church is true.
Wednesday we ate lunch with a less active lady who we see once a week. She made us some bomb fish tacos and we talked about how we need to have faith in everything. While it might seem really difficult, we need to know that the Lord has a greater plan and purpose for us. We got to go to our ward’s Young Women's in Excellence and it was so much fun to go and remember all of the YW’s programs I got to go to!
Thursday we taught Rod and Virginia and just had a really fun time with them. Virginia told us that she has had a change in perspective about the church since we were there last. We talked a lot about women and their role in the church and it helped her to see that women are valued and have such an important role in the plan Heavenly Father has.
So I'm going to jump to Saturday because that was the most exciting part of the week. We started the morning really early at the church because our ward was having a Christmas party, and we were there to help cook pancakes and stuff. The Raya's came, which was awesome! We had a really fun time and met this super awesome man named Johnnie Roper. So he's probably in his 80's and is originally from England. Basically the coolest guy ever. For a majority of his life he was a horse shoer, and then he worked on movies and did a lot of stunt work and helped with animals and stuff. He is so funny and taught sister J and I some good self defense moves if someone was going to attack us.
But the highlight of the day was Saturday afternoon. So I should preface by saying that we almost get nailed by semi trucks on a daily basis. And every time, we think it's the end. Now momma, don't freak out, but we got in a car accident. The good news is 1.) No one was hurt 2.) We weren't driving and 3.) It wasn't our car.There is a girl in another ward who just got back from her mission three weeks ago and is suffering from withdrawals, so she wanted to go teaching with us. We decided we would go out to Carpenter and see some people out there. Well Saturday we got some pretty bad weather and the roads got slick fast. So as we were driving down the highway, she slid on some ice and started to go to the left, almost hitting an oncoming car, but she over corrected and we slid off of the road, through a ditch, spun a couple of times, and then slid backwards through a fence and then landed like 15 feet from the freeway. It was actually pretty fun, and Sister J and I got a kick out of it. Tons of people stopped to help us and get the car out. It was quite a process though and we were there for a good hour before her dad came with another car to get us back into town. While we didn't get out into Carpenter, our testimonies grew because the Lord protects His missionaries. We should've hit the
oncoming car, and when we didn't we should've rolled. We could feel the car starting to, but it never did. We know that the Lord kept us safe because there is a work to do.
I am so grateful for the safety which we had this weekend and knowing that I am still here for a reason. I know the Lord was mindful of the three of us Saturday, and He is mindful of each and every one of you. He loves us all so much and has a perfect plan in place.
Santa, aka the awesome Brother Reisdorfer
The scene of the accident - lol