This email was sent by Sister Welker on June 5th. We received it on June 4th. Week 43: How about June 6th, Green field, and Old Faithful
Compared to the last couple of weeks this week was really slow. Overall it wasn't my favorite week but there's always something to love about every week.
The highlight of this week definitely had to be when we were visiting with one of our investigators. We hadn't had the chance to visit with her in a couple of weeks because every time we went to her place and asked if Amy (name changed) was home, they said no one by that name lives here. We were so confused. She had just moved in only a couple months back, and it's rare for someone to move that quickly. We had a funny feeling she still lived there even though we were told that there was no one by the name of Amy that lived there. Amy finally returned our call and told us yes she still lives there, the rest of her roommates just didn't know that Amy was her Samoan name. That explains why we were told that an Amy didn't live there, because they didn't know that she also went by Amy.
We had a return appointment with her on Tuesday and were finally able to meet with her. One of Amy's roommates, Allie (name changed), also joined us in the lesson. That day we had planned to teach them the Plan of Salvation. Usually we don't go into heavy detail when we first teach the Plan of Salvation, but by the end of the lesson we were reviewing things like temple work and family history. As we neared the end of the lesson, my companion had mentioned the word baptism. My companion and I were thinking about inviting them to be baptized, but we never decided on an exact date. Allie asked "How about June 6th?" I looked at my calendar, realized that June 6th was next week and muttered a loud "Oh." Both Allie and Amy looked at me with a concerned face. Then I continued by saying, "I've never had anyone that's wanted to get baptized that fast before!!" There was a mixture of excitement in the air. We've picked June 27th as their baptismal date for now, but they have to get married 1st so they may be getting baptized later than the day we scheduled them.
Saturday morning, we did service for one of our investigators. Ruby (name changed), had told us she wanted help with mowing her lawn. We kept pushing the day farther and father away, and we finally had the chance to mow her lawn this weekend. Her grass was about knee high and she had a huge pile of tangled weeds in the back corner of her house. So we had two members help. One with a lawn mower and one with a weed wacker, and we also had the help of the Alfriston Elders using another lawn mower that we had borrowed from a member. Then my companion and I had sickles that we used to help with the tangled weeds. So I felt as though the field was "green" and ready to harvest haha.
Lastly, we had the chance to visit with a member family this week. I'll call them the Robins for now. The Robins family is a cute senior couple. We often see Brother Robins at church, but we hardly have the chance to see Sister Robins. The both of them are constantly in pain. Brother Robins played rugby when he was younger, and now has constant pain in his neck and spine, while Sister Robins has to rely heavily on a walker and has a nasty cough that doctors can't explain. Even though they are both always in pain, you will hardly ever see them frown. They always smile and try to think positive despite their pain. We visit with Brother Robins at his door all the time, but this time we were invited to come in and meet Sister Robins for the first time. It was such a joy to hear of their stories. Brother Robins told us how he used to be a ward mission leader and had 52 baptisms while he had that calling!! He even had the chance to work with Elder Monson, who was President Thomas S. Monson's son!!!! Brother Robins told us how they used to have MCM's early Sunday morning before church, and Elder Monson would always fall alseep, haha. We decided to ask the Robins' what their favorite story of Jesus Christ was. Between the four of us, we mentioned stories like his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, his humble birth, and the story of when he calmed the storm. There was such a peaceful spirit there, that I didn't want to leave. Brother Robins was so touched by our visit, that he mentioned it during testimony meeting yesterday.
I just wanted to say Thank you to all of you!! I'm sorry that I don't always respond to emails or when I fail to send a weekly update, but just know that I always read all your emails, and I can feel of your love and prayers. I wouldn't be able to be the person I am today without your influence in my life. So thank you again.
Hope you all have a great week!! Oh and Happy Queen's Birthday (that's our holiday today).