It has been a wonderful week! It has definitely been a harder week as far as the key indicators go, many of our appointments fell through and some investigators haven't been in contact with us. However, the upcoming week is full of appointments! We are inspired and motivated by the goals that we set and that is a good feeling. Our companionship continues to take strides forward and I feel in unity with Elder Tedders. We have improvements to make and I am happy that with all of the time that we have spent together nothing has grown stagnant or comfortable. We both want to improve.
So being on bikes has also been an adventure. We had an appointment scheduled in the home of one of our members with an investigator named Elmer. We thought everything was set up perfectly, but 30 mins before the appointment started the member wouldn't answer his phone and the last thing we had heard from him was that he was late getting home from work. We didn't have the car and we had planned on having him pick us up...so we jumped on the bikes and trusted that things would work out. It was about an hour long bike ride to his house and half way there all of our lights ran out of battery (it was 7pm). Probably one of the funnest bike rides ever. Finally the member called and said that our investigator was following him to his house hahah miracle! Then when we got the appointment, I checked Elmer's blood sugar (he is a pretty old man and had been talking with us about some symptoms that sounded like diabetes, so I asked him if he would like to check his blood sugar becuase he said "I feel fine thought, I don't need to go to the doctor") his blood sugar ended up being 600+ can you believe it?! To top it off the poor man works 12 hours days, 6 days a week. Crazy. Also, he probably never would have gone to the hospital has it not been for us. He never would have known! It is strange and marvelous the way God works. Then after the appointment we didn't have time to bike home, so Elmer offered us a ride. We threw out bikes into the back of his tiny little truck and squished 3 full grown men onto 2.5 seats. Best memories of my life. I love these people.
Something that has been on my mind recently is believing in others. Having faith in potential and seeing the bigger picture. I have to admit that the thought process was concieved from me feeling the opposite and wondering how to help people. As I look at the lives of the people who surround me, oftentimes I reflect on how to best help in anyway that I can. I have found two different conclusions: Firstly, assuming the responsibility to help and fix all problems and issuses is an impossible task. Secondly, that often times the biggest support that you can be to another is to believe in them.
The Savior could have been overwhelmed by the imperfections that He saw in others through His perfect perspective, but instead He believed that people are worth more than what they are today. I am grateful that He looks with those same eyes at me and my weaknesses. I am in awe of His example and plan to follow it the best that I can.
I love you all! Have a wonderful week,
1319 Butterfield Rd Ste 522
Downers Grove, IL 60515
1) We celebrated Tate coming home too, (some sisters gifted us stroopwaffles from Holland)
2 & 3) When your companion doesn't have enough money to buy a haircut so he asks you for one...