Another full, crazy, weird, but super great week in Wheatland! We saw so many miracles and had so many weird things happen.
So the first crazy thing is that we woke up Tuesday morning to a blizzard. But hey what else is new. We get random blizzards all the time here in Wyoming. We had an appointment that day with an investigator named Mike. So Mike is an interesting character. He is a total hippie. He believes in aliens and just about every conspiracy theory known to man. He's been reading the Book of Mormon a ton, and so the sisters have been working with him for a while. Well our lesson on Tuesday was one for the books. It started off good, he had a lot of questions about the readings we left him, and we were able to address and answer those. He kept telling us that the passage was about UFO's and aliens though, which got old really fast. Then he took the conversation in a direction I did not like. We were talking about prophets and how they are the mouthpiece of God for us today and that when we listen to what they tell us, we are following the path God wants us to be on. Mike immediately started comparing that to terrorist groups and making extremely rude comments about prophets and our beliefs. Well I sure as heck was not going to let him feel justified in those comments, so I got pretty ticked off and let him have it a little bit. I know right now my parents and other people that are close to me are cringing reading this. I just was not about to sit there and let this man say the things he was saying. So I got a little fired up. We set up a return appointment, but it's three weeks away. That way we can all calm down a little bit haha.
But in really exciting awesome news, we set another investigator on date for baptism! His name is Howard, he is 62 years old, and he is the most awesome guy ever. We had our first official lesson with him on Saturday and when we invited him to be baptized, he kept saying yes over and over again because he was so excited! He's almost done with the Book of Mormon and loves every page of it. He is going to be baptized May 28th. This means that we will be having baptisms two weekends in a row! Kansas on the 21st and Howard on the 28th! There are so many amazing things happening in Wheatland right now. I feel so blessed to get to be a part of it!
Sorry but I am going to talk about Howard some more. He told us he has felt lost his whole life, but he finally has found what has been missing. He told Sister Ligon and I at church yesterday that he is just so grateful for us coming to church with him and helping him on this journey. Well I just about died because that is the sweetest thing I have ever heard! Haha I just love this man. He has become like a grandpa to me and I am so extremely grateful for the opportunity I have to know him.
I know this isn't a super exciting email this week, but I am only talking about these two experiences for a reason. I learned some really important lessons this week, the first being that Satan has more of an influence than I realize sometimes. He does so much evil and harm and if we let him, he will cause harm in our lives. But the second lesson I learned is that our Savior and Heavenly Father have so much more control. They are going to win in the end. We need to pick what side we are going to be on. We need to turn to the Savior and allow Him into our lives, so that He can help us and change us to what we need to become. A scripture I LOVE is 2 Timothy 2:3. "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." We are all soldiers of Jesus Christ. We are going to go through hard times and opposition, but it is for the Savior, and He will bless us and sustain us.
I hope you all have such an amazing week! I miss you all and love you so so so much!!!
Love, Sister Hooper
*Just going to preface by saying I am sorry but I take way to many pictures of the dogs we live with because they are so cute!!*
We get fresh eggs every week and sometimes they're green!
I got to wear jeans and clearly I was very happy about it
Red Bull asleep in sister Ligons bed
That sad moment when you see Laramie and you're actually in Guernsey, WY
(it's smaller than Wheatland)
Landmarks in Wheatland!
They all wanted the apple I was eating