This week was not quite as eventful as our past weeks have been, but it still included a trip to the hospital so I guess that merits it to be pretty exciting. Our week included lots of tracting (which means rude people), lots of driving (which means lots of talking to sister L, and lots service (which means we were super happy).
The Elders from our district came up to Wheatland this week for our district meeting which was nice because it meant we didn't have to drive down and back to Cheyenne. The Elders were amazed at how small our church is here. Our chapel has like 8-10 rows and all of the rooms are tiny, so that's an adventure every Sunday. We had a great district meeting all about finding new people, which was perfect for us because we have had to stop seeing a lot of people we had been teaching. It got us super pumped up to go and find new people though! The only problem is that Wheatland isn't a huge fan of Mormons, so when we tract, we get a lot of very firm no's. But that's okay! One more positive encounter with Mormons!
This week we saw Hippie Mike again, and it will most likely be the last time. This was probably the most entertaining lesson I've ever been apart of. So we walk into his yard and he has a table and chairs set up outside to do the lesson. We did the lesson outside which was amazing because it was so sunny and warm! In the background he had a classic rock station playing, which was bomb. He politely turned it down, but wouldn't turn it off during the lesson, so while I was teaching about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon, Van Halen was teaching us that we needed to "Jump"! When Sister L was teaching about the role of the Holy Ghost in confirming the truth of the gospel, Bon Jovi was teaching us that we all need to be "livin' on a prayer". I thought that was pretty funny. And of course a lot more songs came on, but you get the gist. Anyways, Hippie Mike is a rock collector and he had recently found a bunch of cool new rocks to show us, so he was super pumped about that. This lesson went a lot smoother than the last one did. I didn't get fired up and he didn't ask and say rude things. He still doesn't quite get how we know words are true, but we just testified of the power of the Holy Ghost in confirming the things written in the Book of Mormon are true. He will receive his witness when his heart is open and ready. But we found out that Mike is going to take a break from the lessons this summer because he is going on a personal journey within himself and doesn't want to be a danger to us. I am very grateful for his thoughtfulness for our safety. He does want to pick back up on the lessons in the fall though so we will have to see where that goes!
Howard is still doing amazing! He is still on date to be baptized this Saturday which we are pumped about! And he is super pumped about it too! On Saturday we went over to Howard's with our friend Diana, she goes to a lot of Howard's lessons with us, and we weeded his garden. Howard only has one leg, so that makes is slightly difficult to keep up with a yard. It was sooooooo much fun to be there and do service for him! We spent two hours in the grass and dirt trying to get rid of all the weeds and barely made a dent. We got to sit outside and talk with Howard and enjoy the beautiful weather. It was just such an awesome time. Oh!!! And we discovered that Howard is an incredible artist! He makes Spurs and bits and when I say they are beautiful works of art, it's an understatement. I'm going to get pictures of them this week so you can see how incredible they are!!! We were seriously amazed when we saw them.
Today we took a tour of the power plant here. So it's like a major power plant and its massive and we got to go see all of the cool science-y stuff that I don't understand! We were on the roof of the plant which is 14 stories up!! It was awesome!! We couldn't take pictures inside so sorry about that...
This week we have put a huge focus on looking in our lives and seeing how many blessings we receive from our Heavenly Father each and every day. A lot of times without us realizing, we put up umbrellas and block the blessings that come from our Heavenly Father. He is constantly showering us with blessings and we can choose each and every day how much we allow blessings to come in our lives. My invitation to you all is to look at your lives and think about what might be blocking those blessings. I know that by putting down our spiritual umberellas, we will feel our Heavenly Fathers love more strongly, and see how much he is blessing us each day.
I love and miss you all! I hope you are doing well! Thank you for all of the love and support you give me!
Love, Sister Hooper
At the Power Plant
We had coal dust on us when we left
I was having a bad hair day, so the lady we live with did my hair for me
The pouty face I perfected on Howard
This is Grady. We both have weird hitch-hikers thumbs.