Friday, January 30, 2015

Never assume things- it'll slap you in the face

Hey y'all,

Another week done! this week was amazing and the best week so far. I even had my first exchange and i was terrified, but i was probably the best thing that happened to me this week. I hope many of you thought about what i said last week about having Family Home Evening and Personal and family scripture study. i wouldn't be a good missionary if i didn't follow-up. LOL!

This week was a very uplifting and busy week. We got a new investigator and Super Sunday was a great hit. we only had one of our investigators come but she brought her husband who is completely against the church. he has even volunteered to help with a member moving with volunteering his time and truck and asked for a Preach My Gospel. I was jumping for joy!!! This week we had no set appointments except for Thursday and i was in a different area for exchanges. (I'll touch on that later). We just went through the ward roster and drove to most of the inactive members. we didn't have such a great luck in that but Sister Behrmann came across a name and she said "what about the Kassa family we haven't met them and they are just down the street a little." by that point i was ready to give up but we went ahead and went. we got to their house and prayed and knocked on there door and SOMEONE ANSWERED THE DOOR! i was so glad but was even happier when the first thing he says is "missionaries, no women Missionaries." He let us in and we talked. He is Ethiopian and it was kind of hard to understand him. he told us they are inactive (without us asking) and said that he has a testimony but goes to a church down town with other Ethiopians because they needed help with setting it up and so if he wasn't their he would be at our church. He has two kids who are 10 and 8. Neither one is baptized but the parents are endowed and said that the believes on family that we have was one of the reasons why they were even baptized. They have moved everywhere they got married and moved to Italy (talked about dad serving a mission in Italy) then moved to Los angelos and then to North Carolina and works in a research technical lab for universities. We talked with him for a good forty five minutes and left with a prayer and gave them our card. latter we found out the elders got to them before us and have an appointment and so that's why they didn't ask for us to come back, but they want to make dinner for us and make some Italian food.

My biggest news is that after we left the Kassa's we went to another inactive member. She wasn't home but her roommate was and she allowed us in and started talking with us.we talked about Jesus Christ. She asked us why we are so big on giving service when we asked if we could help with anything (she was decorating for a party). She asked us why we do that and so we said we are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints and everything we believe is centered on Christ and that Jesus was someone who served everyone he could and so we try to be like him. She almost starting crying. she told us that she does that all the time especially for her job. She is a Spanish interpreter and works for the blind. she even said that she is starting a thrift store and that all the employees are going to be people with disabilities and who is blind or deaf. She even told us that she interprets for medical reasons as she goes with patients to appointments to help them as the doctor talks with them. she has some health issues but she feels that the things she does is really all she can do because of her health. It was amazing. Not sure she is a ASL interpreter but that would be awesome. We set up an appointment for Friday and then left. It was the coolest experience she was even asking about Family History and is so amazed at the records we have at the buildings and how amazing that is and loves doing that with her husband.

SO real quick with exchanges i went to the Cary 2nd ward and my companion was Sister Loftus. i wasn't sure cause the last time she said " oh second week in the field and you have exchange lucky you" and that seriously scared me. i didn't want to go with her and sure enough i was assigned to go with her. It actually went great i learned lots from her and she helped me with teaching. the first thing we did was teach the restoration together and it was awesome. she was kindly glad enough  to start and teach most, but allowed me room to jump in. we even had a good conversation getting ready for bed and helped me gain confidence in teaching. she even showed me that i can become friends with the people i teach. i knew that but she had an amazing friendship with them. she was able to be sarcastic and funny and i don't know just really great with who she taught and did service for. i felt so comfortable teaching and working with her.  Overall it was a great experience!

This week was amazing and i can feel myself getting more and more comfortable with teaching and speaking up.i hope my next email isn't so much of me rambling but I can't wait for what this week is going to give me, but remember with Valentines Day coming up charity never faileth! Have a great week y'all!


Sister Tayler Farr

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