Happy Pioneering day! You would think that there would be more of a celebration around here due to the whole Oregon Trail thing, but not so much. We had a couple of songs and talks about pioneers, but nothing as extravagant or celebratory as Utah. It was still a nice day though.
This was a pretty good week in Philomath. At the beginning of this week, Elder Johnson and I both came to the conclusion that we were pretty sick of nothing happening here all the time, so we've decided to change our approach a little bit. We're just talking to ANYONE that'll listen to us and asking EVERYONE for names of people we can go and talk to. So far, we still haven't found anyone new to teach using this new method, but I have faith that when we're putting forth our own effort and doing all that we can, The Lord will take care of the rest. And maybe "success" isn't what I need right now in my life, maybe I'm just learning to put forth effort even when it seems like nothing will come of it; trusting in the Lord's promises that he will be with us. Only time will tell, but we're gonna keep getting after it until they tell us to stop.
Some things that DID happen this week included a lesson with this guy named Bryan. Let me preface with the positives, he's an AWESOME guy. He loves God with all his heart and has never turned us away when we've come to talk with him. That being said, he really only believes in the bible and nothing else. Which isn't the worst thing, but it can cause for some difficulty in teaching him. We bring things up, he bibles, we explain how that doesn't make sense, and repeat. Every lesson we have with him makes me so appreciative of the truths that we have that explain things that other people search their whole lives for. The gospel's awesome yo.
OTHER FUN SHENANIGANS. We didn't have a dinner on Saturday night, so we went to the church where, Lo and Behold, there was a Wedding reception going on for a member of the ward. Boom, free dinner and a service opportunity. Right on.
We also had the chance to go and move those pianos around again, which was fun. They had a concert in a park where they put all 10 of them together and started playing. We didn't get to see it, but we were more than happy to help!
We also had ZTM at the Haslam's house is week. We had it outside in the elements which was siiiiiiiick. They set up the entire thing for us which was a HUGE blessing that we were so thankful for. And to top it off, she made us lunch too. It was probably the best meeting I've ever had on my mission.
And to top the week off, Elder Johnson got his back cracked and I got punched in the chest by a nine year old. Good stuff over here.
That's about it from my week. Pls send gift cards. Love you all so much. Talk to you soon.
Peace out Girl Scout,
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