Sunday, February 26, 2017

Time of My Life


Well this week was the first full week of the new transfer and it sure had its ups and downs.

So last week we went to go see our investigator and try to set up an appointment, or something to try and get him going again. He was a little busy, but he said to text him Monday. So we did just that, well turns out he just wanted to tell us he didn't want us coming by anymore. Still not really sure what happened, but it makes me really sad. But I guess everyone has a time when they are ready, and right now is just not his time. Hopefully something will change in awhile and he'll be ready then.

But about the time our investigator texted us back we were going into an appointment with a nice lady named Nicky. She's a super busy lady, hard to catch, but she is super nice and open to hearing a message. She had a sister who was meeting with the missionaries about a year ago right before she died, and so that's kinda how Nicky got introduced to the church. Hopefully we can find times when she's not so busy that we will be able to have good lessons with her and be able to help her build her faith.

Tuesday since it's been so nice this week we decided to ride bikes and go try some Less-Actives, well nobody answered and we talked to a lot of new people but they weren't very interested. It was on Tuesday that we started to notice that there is a lot of Anti-Mormon material around McPherson, in fact someone even gave us an anti pamphlet! Well the good news is that nobody has that pamphlet anymore! But Tuesday turned out to be an awesome day! We found 3 new investigators, one of them is a young kid, 12 years old, and his name is Bo. So we looked at our area book and saw his name, but we knew nothing about him (he had no info or anything!). So when he answered we found out he was Bo, we had a pretty awesome restoration lesson with him, and he's super down to read and pray to find out if it's true. Now the thing about teaching kids is that sometimes their parents don't like having us around, but when we were talking to Bo he accidentally rang the doorbell and his dad came out, and he didn't tell us to leave! So hopefully that means we can continue teaching him, we'll find out tomorrow!

So on Wednesdays there is usually a ward correlation meeting for mission work, but since we live 30 minutes away we don't really go to those. But we were gonna try to Skype in this week for it! So we go to the McDonalds parking lot, because it's like the only place we can get wifi, and get all ready for this meeting. Only to find out that the church's wifi is down, so we just call in instead, it was pretty awkward and not super effective. But hopefully starting this week we can do it over Skype. That's something our mission has been pushing pretty hard is he bigger emphasis on using technology, I mean we have iPads might as well use them effectively. So Skype, iMessage, FaceTime, and more are things at we are encouraged to use, either to bring a member into a lesson, or to talk with investigators! So going forward we'll be trying to do these things more.

So Ben...Ben is this guy who I met once with Elder Smack, he lives out in one of the trailer parks and he's a little nuts. But he has come to church and he progressed a lot in the past, so we thought we'd come by and see him. Well Ben was upset that we hadn't come over for awhile, but that seemed to be the least of his issues. He started telling us his whole life story about his girlfriend and her jealous ex who keeps breaking stuff on Ben's car, and slashed the tires on his bike, just giving him a hard time. But after he was done with his whole rant he was willing to listen to a message, we were over there for quite a bit, but I think he has some potential. Just have to find a way to get the fire burning and get his desire going! 

Afterwards we went over to the school to have Family Home Evening! Well there wasn't that great of a turnout this week, but it was better than last week! We talked about the Book of Mormon and why it is important and we all shared our testimonies of it. It was pretty awesome, hopefully as the weeks go on the students that are members will bring friends and the group can start to grow!

Friday we had interviews with President McCuistion! I always love being able to talk with him, I learn so much and I know how inspired he truly is! During his whole time we had our car in the shop to get an oil change, but they decided to do a whole lot of other things too. So we were in Wichita for quite some time just waiting. Afterwards when we got back into town we were able to go see our family of 10, they have a ton of potential, but it's just hard trying to get them to come to church. Well it's also hard to be able to try and see them all, they're always super busy! But we had a good lesson with Dawn, the mother, and were able to progress her a little bit.

So on Saturday we went over to help a recent convert paint her new house! Her husband went over a few days before, but he's kinda crazy and just painted his name on the walls, so we kinda finished up the job. So they are trying to move into this house, but the previous owner (the landlords granddaughter) left all her stuff there. So they just have to push it all in a corner of the house and wait for her to pick it up. So moving will be a little difficult, so we're gonna help her move this weekend! Saturday we were also able to have a super awesome lesson with some less-actives and they invited us over for dinner! So we actually had two dinner that night, one of which was a steak, so that was super awesome!

Sunday, we had a part-member family committed to coming to church. We had to be at church at 7:30 so we weren't able to go make sure they were awake, but we called and texted and they said they would come! But as it turns out they fell back asleep and weren't able to make it, and President McCuistion decided to come to our church today and we didn't have anyone there! Darn. Well I had to teach the gospel principles class, it was on the fall of Adam and Eve, it went pretty well, the investigator there seemed to like it anyway, so that's good. Sunday evening there was a Mission Presidents Devotional in Wichita, its where recent converts go and bear their testimony and missionaries invite investigators to help solidify them. So we were able to bring Tanner! I just can't explain how awesome he is, he is so awesome that after he bore his testimony an investigator came up to him and said because of his testimony he decided to get baptized, wow! I think Tanner might be thinking about serving a mission now! So the Devotional didn't get over until 9 and we still had an hour drive home, so we got home late.

But this week was super awesome! And we had a ton of fun and were able to see progression in our investigators! Crazy to think how fast time flies, just looking back on how fast the last 6 months have gone. Six months ago I started training Elder Stirling out in Junction City! 

Really looking forward to this next week and for all the growth that will happen!

- Elder Andrasko

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