Monday, September 30, 2013

Heart-break and Miracles, the Life of a Missionary.

So this was another great week full of heart-break and miracles. :) yay normal missionary stuff right? :) Well, Monday was just a normal P-day like any other. We hung out as a district and it ended before I could take a nap ha ha :P. Then Tuesday was an interesting day. The Sisters are in a tripanionship, and only 2 of them are in leadership positions. So, their one companion Sister Bateman came and spent the day with us and they went up to Billings. We went to visit some people, and it was a pretty slow morning because nobody would let us in, or nobody was home...stuff like that. Then we had an appointment with the Yeamans. They are a family who was a referral from the ward and we have been teaching them. We went over and we taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a really good lesson, and we had our ward mission leader come and teach with us again. Their mom wasn't there...again, so we just taught it outside on the porch. We were able to set a baptism date for October 12th with them. :) it was pretty exciting! That night we went out of town to meet with the Wilkersons. They are the cutest! We have taught them everything that we could think of and they still can't get baptized because of their dad. We had been thinking all day about what we could possibly teach them that could help them, and finally decided to do a family home evening. We sang a bunch of primary songs and then we played a game. It is called Heads up 7 up. I don't know how many people remember it from elementary school, but it was super fun to play with them. We related it back to the Holy Ghost by talking about how they couldn't see someone touching them, but they definitely knew that they had been touched. We set up another appointment for tomorrow night and we are going to have them ask their dad again if he would let them get baptized. I love them!
Wednesday morning we had a surprise meeting up in Billings that everyone who is training had to go to. So, we left here at 11:30 and got up to Billings around 1:15. It was seriously pouring the entire way there, and so it took a lot longer than we thought. We got there and I got to see Sister Lasson! :) I love her so much I was very happy to see her. We had  a great meeting, where they talked about a lot of awesome things. We were told that the only obstacle that God has in our progression and the progress of our area is our faith as missionaries. If we believed 100% then we would be like Enoch and everyone would be baptized based upon our faith. It was a very cool meeting. After the meeting we went to cafe rio...since we never get to go there. There was an awesome member who bought all of us food. :) Then, we went to Walmart since we don't have one and it would be really nice to get Sister Wing boots before the boot season starts. But, they didn't have any. So, then it was time to come home. we got to the high way that we knew we were supposed to be on...except we didnt' know if we were supposed to head to Butte (which is in Montana) or Sheridan (which is in Wyoming). So we decided that Butte looked like the right way. Then we got nervous and called our zone leaders and nobody answered, so we called our district leader and he told us to turn around and head towards Sheridan. We went and then thought it was wrong, we flipped around, and then flipped around again still heading towards Sheridan. We kept going and realized that we were actually heading towards Hardin (which is a reservation) and towards North Dakota. We called our zone leaders again and they told us to turn around and head back towards the other way. At this point we were all laughing so hard we had tears running down our faces...we had been lost for an hour and a half and it was now dark outside. :P It was quite an adventure. Needless to say, the zone leaders directed us safely back to Lovell, and told us that we were right to listen to our district leader even if he was wrong. 

On Thursday, we had district meeting that morning. We did district meeting, and then we went up to the care-center to sing. I love going up there. We are definitely not the best singers in the entire world, but up there they don't really care and to them we sound like the Motab! :) We go up there and sing for a lot of people and we always have a good time. I am always thankful for the spirit and the hymns are able to bring into the room, I truly love them! Then we went to dinner at a members home. They are amazing, so missionary minded and willing to help the missionaries with anything. We had an appointment with a little girl who is 7 and active, but wanted the lessons. :) She is so cute! She lives with her Grandparents with her two brothers, their mom is dead and their dad is in jail...enough said. It is a pretty sad situation, but they are an amazing family. Their oldest brother had the missionary lessons before he was baptized, and Paige didn't think that it was very fair that she didn't have them. :) So we go over there once a week to teach her a lesson. It is fun to teach her and I love their family a lot. We decided to go over to Ambers and try her again because we haven't been able to catch her home for a while. She was there, and it was so sad because she and her husband aren't doing very well. He isn't the nicest guy and we knew that they were having problems, but things just seem to be getting worse for them. :( She invited us over Saturday afternoon to teach her a lesson, and then she told us that she would come to the relief society meeting on Saturday night. We went from there straight home because it was chilly outside! :P 

Friday morning we got up and we started the day off right by going and having an amazing less active. We went with a couple of priesthood holders in our ward and they gave her a blessing. Oh, she is named Kathy by the way. We met her and she invited us over, and we have started teaching her the lessons. We went to her house and we taught the restoration, and then Brother thatch bore his testimony on the priesthood power that he holds. It was such a great meeting, and the spirit that is there when brethren give a blessing is always amazing! :) Right after that we were invited out to a place out of town a little bit to have lunch. It was pretty good, and we got to make some good contact with people.We stopped at the library on the way back, and we saw an investigator who we have been trying to get a hold of. She is the Bishops granddaughter and she is 11. Her name is Taylor, and I was excited to see her. We just happened to be eating with the Wolseys (her grandparents) that night and she was like "Oh, I'll see if I can come over too". We came back from lunch and we made a poster for a less active woman named Cheryl who is giving away some tupperware. We made this poster for her and Sister Wing didn't know how to spell tupperware. She first wrote "tubberware" and that wasn't right, then she spelled it "Tuperware" and I was seriously laughing soo hard! It was soo funny! :) We finally figured it out, and took it over to her. We were able to teach her the plan of salvation and she really liked that. Then We decided to go and try Max. We stopped at his door, and he wasn't there, and we had to decide what else to do. I really wanted to go and try Peg, and Sister Wing really felt like we needed to go and see Lois. So, I told Sister Wing that she was in charge and we started taking the back way to get to her house since it is shorter. We turned the corner and there was Max! :) It was great to see him. I know that Sister Wing was following the spirit because we wouldn't have been able to find him otherwise. We asked him if he would be willing to watch conference with us this next weekend. He said that he already talked to his parents about watching it at their house and that he would love for us to come with him there. :) Yep definitely a miracle. That night we had dinner and then we taught Taylor the restoration. We found out that she has been having doubts about all of it, but as soon as she saw us in the library earlier that day that all of her doubts went away. She really wants to be baptized and she is reading the Book of Mormon and it is great. :) I know that the spirit calmed her fears and helped us to be able to set up a time to teach her. yay seriously so many miracles! 

Saturday we went out with a young woman. She came out and tried a bunch of people, but couldnt' really catch anyone at home. We finally caught the Jollys at home, and it was great to see them. They shaved their cat and Brad said "Man, there was a lot of fur flying. I don't know if it was his or if it was mine, but it was flying!" He had us rolling with tears running down our faces...soo funny! We got to go and teach the Nadings again. :) It was good to see them and get to teach them. We made a poster for them with the date of October 3rd 2014 which is when they are getting sealed in the temple! :) It had a bunch of pictures of temples all over it. We taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ and they promised to come to church the next day. We went over to Ambers because we had an appointment, but she wasn't there. So, we tried Peg Snell instead. We were able to teach her the plan of Salvation. It was a good lesson, and she opened up and told us that she really has trouble with the temple. She doesn't like the symbols she feels like it should be straight forward. It will be something that we will have to work on with her. We went to dinner and then left to go to the relief society broadcast. We ran over to Kathy Johnsons to pick her up, and she couldn't come. She has insomnia really bad and she hadn't slept all that night and she was soo tired. I felt so bad, I could see that she was exhausted. So we started to head to the Broadcast. On the way though Sister Wing felt like we really needed to go and to visit Heather another less active that we work with. We thought about it for a while, and again I told Sister Wing that she is in charge. She decided that that is what we were going to do. We went over to her house and talked with her for a little while. She couldn't stay very long because she had to do dinner, but we talked with her. Sister Wing got to know her and her expectations better, so that was okay. We actually missed the broadcast...but it was good I would actually rather be out working. I know that I will be able to read it in a little while. :) We went home a little early to go and get our progress record finished and update area books. I was really tired so it was good that we did that because I needed to sit down and do something that didn't make my brain hurt. We found out that the Yeamans went to the baptism that afternoon that the Sisters had, and that they all really liked it. :) That was really good.  

Sunday came and it was a normal morning, we did studies and then we headed to church at 1. We got there, and the Nadings weren't there and neither were the yeamans. We decided to go and pick them up. The nadings didn't answer their door..totally bummed. But, the Yeamans were home. We went over there, and there was a woman at their house who was a friend of the families. She was yelling at the boys and it was a huge fight. We calmed everyone down, and she was mad because their house was a disaster. It was seriously horrible, we hadn't been in their house before. It was horrible conditions for them to be living in. Also, the youngest doesn't have a bed. Their mom has a boyfriend and she is always at his house when she isn't at work. There are 3 boys ages 12 and under who literally are raising themselves and don't know how to do anything. It was one of the most heartbreaking things that I have experienced on my mission. I love those boys and they just want someone to love them and be their mom. I just wish that Sister Wing and I could protect them from all of this, and pluck them out of where they're at and give them a good house with a good family. But we can't...we had to talk to our ward council about it and they are going to decide what will be best for the boys right now. Whether to make it a ward project or get the state involved...I really hate it a lot though it broke my heart. Also, we got a call about Chris, the less active that we have been working with since I got here. He decided all of a sudden that he just doesn't want it anymore. He just got his patriarchal blessing, and got to go to the temple, and now he is walking away. I hope that we will be able to help him see how much it has blessed him. I am heartbroken about that as well. It was a pretty hard afternoon. That night we had dinner with the Jacobsens, Christy who has always been a member, and her husband Brady who is a recent convert, he was baptized right before I got here in April. We taught the restoration and the spirit was really strong. They are an amazing family! We came home and called in numbers to our district leader. I don't know if any of you will remember Arthur, but he is amazing. He was one of the people that I was working with before our area got split a few months ago. I love his family soo soo much, and I was so sad that I didn't get to see them anymore. They moved to another town right next to Lovell (like still in the same stake) called Byron, so now I really don't get to see them. But Elder White told me last night that his parents were just rebaptized and are planning on going to the temple in a year. They saw Arthur last night and he said "well, I guess that Maria and I are going to have to be there too." So he agreed to be baptized! :) After 8 years of lessons and hundreds of missionaries, his heart has been softened! :) Oh my gosh I was in tears I was so happy last night. I know that each of the missionaries placed in his life has had a hand in helping him get to the point that he is at now where he is ready to accept the gospel. :) I hope that I am here when he gets baptized. The Aagards are a really really special family! 

So, that is my week full of heartbreak and miracles. I know that things cane get rough, but I also know that as we stay strong and hang onto our Heavenly Father that he will put miracles in our path. I love the scripture 3 Nephi 11:3-5, this is talking about the spirit, but I am gonna tweak it. Sometimes, we see miracles right in front of us and we can't recognize them. But as we "open our ears to hear and turn our eyes heavenward we will be able to see all of the tender mercies all around us all the time. All of those little things add up into one amazing miracle of today! :) I love being a missionary, and being able to serve here in Lovell. I love Sister Wing, and the district that I am in. Man, life is good if you let it be! :) I love you all thank you for everything that you do! :) have a great week!!!! LOVES!

-Sister Malynne Erbe

p.s. sorry it is so long...I just had a lot to say this week! :P 

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