Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11

So NO ONE ANSWERED MY QUESTION!!!!!!!! I am so curious as to why Thanksgiving is on the FOURTH Thursday of the month instead of the third. Will someone please find that out for me?????
Today is going to be our first baptism in the area. We are really excited about it. Me and Sister Folsom actually are just so blessed. Honestly we are going to have two baptisms in one week and we didn't really do anything except show up. Lynette who is getting baptized today has been seeing missionaries for the last two years and really the people who have influenced her the most have been her home teachers. We just showed up and she decided that she actually wanted to be baptized. So it's happening today. Cool huh??? Our other baptism is going to happen next week. Her name is Mckenna and she is 17. She has been waiting for permission since she was 8 to get baptized and now her mom has given her permission. She has come with her grandparents to church for years and now she will become a member. She knows way more about the gospel than we teach her and we are just so excited to be here to see the miracles that are happening. Her mom who wouldn't give permission came to church yesterday and sat in on our lesson. It was awesome! She was so receptive to the things that we taught her. So pretty much we are just being handed some really awesome experiances. I think that Sister Folsom has worked pretty hard and is now seeing her rewards. She is really an amazing companion. She and I are officially friends. We work really well together. We are really excited about what is happening in Mckenna's life and in her family though. They are just the best people and she deserves this. Her little sister is even coming to church now! We are very excited about it. We also did a portion of a lesson with a member referral at a dinner apt yesterday and she seemed curious and receptive. We plan to go back. Hopefully all goes well there. She just had a baby and we were teaching about how much God loves us comparing it to how much she loves her new baby and that God loves us even more. It was cute. She just got a shocked look on her face and said "Wow!" Yeah it was cute. 
Oh my goodness!!! You should read this story!!! It is a good one!!!
So a week ago we contacted a guy on a bike and we started talking to him and he told us how he sees us all over the place and what not. So we asked him if we could come share our message with him and he said to call him sometime and if he was home we could share it. We introduced ourselves as Sister Pendleton and Sister Folsom. He then wanted to know our first names which we then responded that we just go by our last name while we are on our mission and he seemed to think that was weird but whatever. So we went to contact him on Friday. We were in a lesson that went SOOOO well, but it also went over. So we called him and told him we were going to be late and he said that was okay. Well we didn't really think about the third woman we would need in order to go inside and I thought I had remembered him saying he lived with his parents so it wouldn't really matter. (He is like late 40's early 50's ish) But as we walked up I said to my comp that we probably should have gotten another girl and she noticed the table and chairs outside and we decided we could just do the lesson outside. That was fine we thought. well when we were invited in we asked if their was another woman in the house and he said no his dad's girlfriend wasn't there but his dad was. And we asked if we could stay outside and talk but he just gave this look like "you are rediculous!" And he said he wanted to sit down that he wouldn't do anything and we could come in. We said we couldn't but we would love to come back with another lady later if that was okay. He said not to worry about it because if there were so many different rules like him not being able to know our first names than he wouldn't want to be apart of it anyways. We were shocked. We had totally forgotten about the first name thing from before. But it was really sad to see how something so small got in the way of Eternal Life. That is definitaly how  the devil works. It is sad. He really is super tricky. But fortunately God is stronger and very straight forward. He doesn't hide but by small and simple means great things come to pass!!!
Well we are excited about the baptisms and great things are happening!
Love you all
Sister Pendleton

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