Tuesday, May 10, 2016

February 15, 2016 Well this is awkward......

Hiya Fam!

Guess what?

It happened again!! We were told that the GARDA card would be done today, but by Saturday no one had received the necessary papers to do so. So it was cancelled! I meant to send a message about it yesterday, but oh well. But hey, at least we didn't have to wake up at 4 in the morning to wait in line for 5 hours.

Anyways, this week has been discouraging again. St and S C never got back in contact with us, and didn't come to church. We had a few investigators drop us, like L and M. And most everybody was too busy to meet up anyways.  I'm worried about St. Unless we get in contact with him this week, and actually have a good lesson, we're probably going to drop him. :/ i'm worried about him just not being an investigator for the right reasons. 

We do have one shining moment though! We had a lesson with A where we went over the Plan of Salvation again. It was really good and we were able to answer all her questions. For whatever reason, we didn't feel that it was time to get her with a date. But we're in the process of figuring out when we can meet with her again!!

We met with Ch also. We were going to teach him the Plan of Salvation as well, but he wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon. He had a lot of questions about it, and we did our best to answer them and to testify that he can learn if it's true. He said it was too early for him to accept a baptismal date yet, but we'll meet with him this week and figure out how ready he would be anyways.  I'm not sure about Ch.  But Co sounds great. We should be seeing her on Tuesday. She lives in Arklow. Google Arklow and see how far that is from Bray. That's the edge of our boundary. It's FAR! Ha!

The C's, they never pick up when I call. Sister J said that a few of her friends have died, but she's coming to a Relief Society activity Tuesday night. We'll see how that goes. 

P still needs to pay tithing. He needs a tithing slip.

Those were the only lessons we had with investigators this week. I have no idea what's been going on, but we just have not been able to meet up with people!  I was going through our area book, and just marvelled at how crazy this area is!!


We're going to meet with people, we're going to have great lessons, and we're going to get them baptized!! Yeah!

Rosalyn had a seizure!!!!!  That must have been terrifying!!! I can't even imagine what that must have been like for them!!! :S

I didn't have time to search for my scriptures on Tuesday, but I should this coming Tuesday. Keep praying that I'll find them! Personal Study just hasn't been the same... :/  I haven't been able to search anywhere except the train. And I can't bear the thought that I might have left them on public transit! I really need a miracle here. Those things are so special. :/

I do have one story to tell. On Saturday we walked into the flat because it was really cold outside and I was going to put on another layer. The moment we walked in we were hit by a terrible stench. I thought it was some rotten food that I'd been postponing to throw out. But we finally found out the problem: some chili a member had given us. They'd put it in a Tupperware, but the container had tipped over and the juices had seeped out and gotten all over the floor of our kitchen! It absolutely reeked!!! We went to the nearby Tesco to get some cleaning supplies, and when we came back, we could smell the stench several meters before reaching the house!!! It was BAD. It took a while to get rid of the stench!! But as bad as it was, when we were done cleaning it out, mopping up the place, it was like a fresh brand new flat! It was so clean and nice! It was like walking into a completely different place!! 

Can you detect the spiritual overtones of that story? 

Undoubtedly, that stench had been there before, but we got too used to it. Until finally the stench got too much for us to bear. If we had just taken care of that mess early on, it would have only taken no longer than two minutes to clean up. Instead it took almost two hours. It's like sin. The more we postpone our repentance, the easier it is to "lull [ourselves] into a false sense of security". I love the quote "it's better to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent." So true. Even so, no matter how hard it is to clean up that sin, to wipe it clean, once it is done, it is a whole new life for that person. They are brand new. So there's a lot of spiritual stuff to be learned from that even!

And yes, it is a funny story too. ha ha

My companion is SO MUCH LIKE ME. It's scary, honestly. There's positives and negatives about that. On the one hand, we get along great. On the other, it really opens my eyes to some of the things I do. But overall, he's great. I'm enjoying our time together. We just gotta get our act together and just whip Bray back into shape! :)

I like the sound of your week! Just service, service, service!

Anyways, love you all! Hope you all have a great week! Pray for us to find new investigators. That's the main thing. But if you could pray that we could get in contact with S C, that would be great too.

We're going to have a fantastic week!! We're going to find someone that's ready to be taught the Restored Gospel! :D 

Elder Bates

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