This week was a bit hard, because of Thanksgiving. No investigators, less-actives, or anybody else wanted to meet with us. It was pretty tough! We have had a lot of faith in one of our investigators, Martha Finley, because she is so prepared. But we aren't able to meet with her, which makes it impossible for her to progress. It's really frustrating.
I think that I've told you previously that we are fasting once a week as a mission to reach our goal of 345 baptisms for 2011. It seems like there are miracles happening all around and we are baptizing like crazy and are on-track to meet our goal. I just hope that Elder Lance and I can contribute to that goal and get at least 1 baptism before the year is over.
Since we weren't able to teach our current investigators, we did a lot of tracting. That was a whole bunch of fun because it was cold and rainy most of the week. On Tuesday we tracted this guy named Tracy. He let us in without hesitation and we just sat down and talked with him! Turns out he has a really interesting background... I don't always tell you about the people I meet that are like Tracy, but I can't help it because he is really cool. Tracy is 45 years old and has spent half of his life in prison. He was my age when he was first convicted of murder in a gang fight. He just got out of prison in the summer and is currently on probation. He can't leave his house during most of the day (which makes it easy to meet with him) and basically just has to sit around and do nothing. He is actually a really great guy and is really intelligent too. It sounds like he went through a lot of change in prison! He thinks that it is just incredible what we do as missionaries. We taught him the Restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon. We even visited him again the following day, and watched the 20 minute film on the Restoration, which helped him get a better understanding of Joseph Smith. He even read a bunch from the Book of Mormon, which was awesome! He has to get special permission to go to church because it starts at 9:00 and he isn't supposed to leave the house that early. Hopefully something will happen soon though.
We also found a young lady named Rodshaddy (Ruh-Shady). She is a mom of 3 kids and we also taught her about the Restoration and read through the pamphlet with her. She loved it so much and was so happy that we were able to answer different questions that she had. We set up a return appointment, and she asked if it would be okay if her mom and grandma sat in on the lesson as well! So we gave her 3 copies of the Book of Mormon and we are planning on meeting with her in a couple days.
Thanksgiving was amazing. We spent all day with the Wallaces and had some incredible food and played board games. There was also a Turkey Bowl which we played in the morning.
I'm hoping we will be able to meet with Martha this week. We also STILL need to get Josh Rohdeman to the Family History Center and eventually to the temple. There is so much to do, but it is all so hard to accomplish! We received transfer calls on Saturday and Elder Lance and I will be staying together for another 6 weeks. Hopefully we can get some good work done by that time.
I love you Mom and Dad, Ali, Jesse, Megan, and everybody else. Remember that Elder Malm, the General Authority is coming to our mission next Monday, so Tuesday will be my P-Day.