A good week, an excursion to downtown Detroit AND the RenCen

Dear Family,

Thank you for the pictures! Everyone is huge! It looks like you guys had lots of fun :)! Oh Courtney… hahahahahahahaha! So Detroit was really fun! We didn’t get as much time as we wanted but it was still really cool! We saw Canada, and the RenCen, and the stadiums, and ate at a really good pizza place. Yep, there were lots of cars! This man in my ward works for ford and they just started or finished ( I can’t remember) working on the new mustang. I heard it’s pretty sweet. I almost love Detroit as much as I love San Fransisco. That’s saying something.

I’m sorry you’re sick. 😦 I thought I was getting sick a couple weeks ago, but so far, so good. It has snowed 3 times now but nothing huge. Apparently it has been super cold and snowy everywhere else? It’s been freezing here but they say it’s just gonna get worse. I’m so grateful I have a car. My district leader and his companion don’t have one and they have been sick for like a whole month.

Speaking of my district leader. They have been on extended exchanges this week and we asked where Elder Martinez went and nobody would tell us. Until last night. His brother died in a car accident last Saturday so he went home this weekend for the funeral. We saw him like four times this week and didn’t know anything until last night when he was already gone. So sad. It makes me so grateful for you guys and for the knowledge that we have of the plan of salvation. Christ overcame the obstacle of death. As sad as it is we still have huge amounts of hope for life and life after death.

So on that sad note, I had a really good week! So here it is…

1. Martin and Sharon: Martin is a less active convert to the church. His wife Sharon is not a member. They have been being taught for almost a year now. Martin has major word of wisdom issues but has a really strong testimony. His problem is he won’t just take a little leap of faith. He won’t act on what he knows. And that makes it hard for Sharon to do the same. Anyway, they haven’t been progressing. Martin is a big hunter so they go up north every weekend to hunt. So they “don’t have time to go to church”. But we went to their house on Tuesday for a lesson and the first thing they said when we walked in was that they were coming to church this week! They haven’t been for years! And we didn’t even have to invite them. They just said they wanted to come. They said they want to start going up north every other week so that they can spend longer there and then still come to church every once in a while. So they came to church yesterday and it was awesome! They only stayed for Sacrament meeting but that’s better than nothing.

2. So on Black Friday we went contacting at Wal-Mart. It was a struggle.  We just walked around like idiots. So finally we were like we have to do something because we are just wasting our time. So we made a goal to give out five cards each. So we said a prayer and just went around and basically just gave people cards and said stuff like “Check out this website, it will bless your life”. So it was pretty lame but we eventually handed out ten cards. I quickly forgot about the whole thing. So then on Wednesday of this week we get a call from a number we don’t know. He says his name is Mike and that we met him at Wal-Mart. I had no idea what he was talking about and I couldn’t even remember going to Wal-Mart. So I gave the phone to Sister Cutler and luckily she did remember this little contacting adventure. Anyway he called and said he wanted to talk to us so that he can learn how to keep his mind clean or something like that. We invited him to a Book of Mormon class that we have started doing on Wednesday nights and he said he would come. And he came and he participated and he felt the spirit and he is going to read the Book of Mormon! Sad part of the story… he isn’t in our area so we had to give him to other missionaries who are elders and he doesn’t like boys. So he won’t talk to them. We are going to try to see if we can give him over to the sisters in that area so that they can teach him because he likes them better. That way, he’ll get baptized. Perks of being a Sister Missionary 🙂

3. We were knocking on doors on Saturday and it was freezing. We knocked on a door and before we could even say anything the man invited us in. He went and got his wife and she made us hot chocolate and we had cheese and crackers. They were this cute little couple from Puerto Rico. They are 7th day adventists. Which means their Sabbath is on Saturday. They were soo nice! They told us all about their family and about their religion. It’s crazy because we are so similar they are just missing little parts of the truth. Anyway, so we taught them a little bit about the restoration and a little bit about the plan of salvation. They loved it all and we are going back next week to give them a Book of Mormon. They basically said if you ever need to get out of the cold for a little while come here and we’ll take care of you. They are so sweet. The man was raised catholic but then converted. He told us that if he wasn’t an adventist he would have probably been a mormon. We wanted to tell him that he still could be!

So there were more little miracles along the way but those were the highlights.

Tell people at work thanks for me! That is so nice and so awesome! I love this time of year! You can definitely see the light of Christ in people. I love you all! The church is true!

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