This week has been pretty interesting. We had a lot of potentials from last week to go and try, and as we tried them all, they were either not home, or they were no longer interested. So it was pretty disappointing. One guy that as a potential and we went and tried him at the time that he told us to come back, and he was not there, sent in a Mormon.org request for us to go and get him a large print Book of Mormon. We thought it was pretty cool. Until we went and talked with him. He was super unfocused, and then he took a picture of me at the end of the lesson and saved it to his contact list with our number. It was super creepy. Then his neighbor who we knocked on his door last week also came out, and was talking to us too. So in a reference to why I called my Email 'The Only Good Looking People in Bedford' Soooo I have never been 'hit on' so much in my life. By really old, creepy men. It's like no matter where Sister Nielsen and I go we find someone who is more interested in us then the Gospel. It's super awkward and really weird. So we decided that we must be the only good looking people in all of Bedford, because I highly doubt people go out and meet several people a day and find out that they are creepers that easily, but as a missionary it's like instant red flag. Sometimes we hope that it is different and that people can change, but most of the time... their intentions are not in the right place. So if you instantly want to be the best looking person -> Be a Mormon, Go to Bedford, Have the Light of Christ Radiating from you so people see you, and then they will instantly want to know all about you. Not really, but hey if you want to give it a try, go ahead.
We did a ton of service this week. We had the usually Bedford Christian Ministries on Tuesday. But this week Mary Gonzales was moving to Arizona with her son because her husband Frank past away about two weeks ago. They had sold most of her stuff and given a lot of it away. We went there for such a long time, she had so much stuff, and she was just going through it, because she had no time to think about it. She was just throwing things left and right. I felt bad for her, because they had only moved to that house about a year ago, and Caesar Gonzales (Mary's Son who lives in Arizona) is the one that she is moving in with. Caesar is the only active member in all of the Gonzales family. It was really cool to clean up Sister Gonzales' house. There was a lot of stuff that she gave to us and a lot of stuff that she gave to Goodwill. She had a lot of really cute clothing. If only she wasn't barely 5' and had bigger feet. So most of it Sister Nielsen kept or we gave away. We did get a few really cool things, but we cant' keep very much, because we have to move around so constantly.
We had a Sister's meeting this week with just the Sisters in Roanoke. Our zone is pretty awesome. We get along really well for the most part. I am really glad that Sister Isobe, and Larkin are still in the zone. They are pretty much the only people I know pretty well. Sister Tobler is pretty cool. Sister Crossley I can't really hear, but she is pretty cool too. Sister Reed is awesome. Sister Williams is good to talk one on one with but she isn't much of a groups person. Sister Stringham is a goofball. Sister Francis is a hoot. Then there is still Sister Richards and Canova as our STL's. So we got a pretty good group.
The lesson was pretty cool. We had a lady come in and talk to us about the 'Joy Philosophy' and she gave us several steps on finding, keeping, and making more Joy in our days. Then Sister Richards and Canova gave a lesson on Faith and Hope. How Hope is our goal that we are working toward and Faith is the action that we do to get to that Hope that we are working for. It was really fun to look at Hope and Faith in that aspect. It made things a little clearer for me. Probably not for you, because it probably was randomly put into my email right here, but hey I thought I should add it so you could think about it and go and study it.
We also had District Meeting this week. This was pretty much the first time that Elder Snow has had the opportunity to teach us, last transfer they were always canceled because the meetings went to long, but this time it was on it's own day instead of after another meeting. So it was really cool. The Bedford1 sisters aren't in our district. Their district did something really cool they all got really old dresses, suits, ties, etc for their district meeting. I'm not really sure what they did, but I sure got a kick out of the outfits they were wearing! I want to do something like that it looked really fun.
Well, this week has been long. I am Physically and Mentally worn out. Sister Nielsen and I have lots of fun together, but we are hoping that more of a missionary work will start to move forward in this little Branch out here in Virginia.
Well I hope you are all having a fabulous week and all is going well!
Sister Karen Call
"God’s purpose is 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' That is fundamental to all we do. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in things that we find fascinating or become so consumed by mundane responsibilities that we lose sight of God’s objectives. As you consistently focus your life on the most basic principles, you will gain an understanding of what you are to do, and you will produce more fruit for the Lord and more happiness for yourself."
~Richard G. Scott