Good morning everyone, how are things for all of you??? Things are going great here in Sandpoint. We are emailing a little earlier today by the way mom because Elder Williams is going home this week, so he needed to get some things done and we needed to email earlier. Because he is going home this week, that means that transfers are next week, so I will let you know Monday what happens. More likely than not, I will stay in Sandpoint, which I am okay with, it has been a great place to serve.
This last week was kind of an interesting one. Between helping the sister missionaries find a new apartment, and dealing with 2 accidents we were involved in (nobody was hurt, and I was not the driver) we spent a lot of time doing paper work, and not missionary stuff=( It was kind of annoying to be honest (the accident stuff), but it needed to be done.
We have great news with Heidi. She finally has her divorce nearly finalized and things are rolling with that. She has just had so many things that are out of her control that have kept her from being baptized months ago, but they are all coming together and she is so excited to be baptized in the next month or two.
We have been teaching Christina, and she is struggling right now. She isn't on date anymore and she is finding it real difficult to trust that the Atonement has the power to actually heal her. Just pray for her to be able to withstand the temptations that Satan brings to her. She needs that extra help right now.
We have had a lot of great success in the past few weeks, but right now, not many of our investigators are progressing or keeping commitments, so we have gone through and are going to continue to go through a huge dropping spree. We really have felt that we need to stop teaching these people and let the Lord prepare them a little more, and let other missionaries teach them later. Dan, the guy we taught a couple weeks ago is one of these people. He was on date for August 10th, but hasn't kept any commitments, from reading to going to church, since we taught him the first time. He is super nice though and hopefully with the last lesson we will have with him this week, we can help his faith in Christ grow to the point he wants to change.
I don't know if I've ever talked about Elisha, but missionaries were teaching her for about 2 months before we got here. She went to church last week for the first time, which was the most progress we'd seen in her. Her husband is a less active, and his family are all active in another ward in the stake. She is super interested in the church, and wants to learn more about it. She would be baptized before we got here if she would go to church, but it is something that really intimidates her for some reason. Like the majority of our teaching pool, she is not really progressing at this point, and we feel that it would be best if we let her sit for a while as well.
I feel that perhaps one of the greatest lessons I've learned in these last 5 weeks in Sandpoint is the value of not lingering with people who aren't showing progression. We are looking for people who are prepared, or "ripe", and if they are not ripe yet, then we let them sit and ripen some more, and look for those who are ripe. It has taken a lot of faith on our part that the Lord will bless our efforts to find the elect and re-fill our teaching pool, but we have been blessed with finding so many people.
Thats about it from this week. I love you all and pray for you all. Hope you have a great week.