July 11, 2016
Everything has been going good her in the Delta. We had a pretty busy week with transfers and getting a new companion. We got to drive down to Clinton for transfers on Tuesday because Sister Durtschi and Elder Shreenan left and our car was completely full of luggage. It was really nice to get to Clinton and to see all of these missionaries that I haven't seen for a while. So we got to find out who we got and my new companion is Sister May. She has been out for about 4 and a half months and her last area was in Ocean Springs, which is where I was before Greenville. So that has been pretty fun with talking about Ocean Springs and all of the people there. And Elder Weaver got Elder Thorley, he is from Arizona and has been out for 4 and a half months. They are both really good missionaries and they will do great work in Greenville.
We got to go out with a bunch of members this past week and it was really nice. We went out with Sister Herron and saw Naomi Bussie and Lisa. Naomi is such a sweet lady and we talked with her about Mosiah 5:7, which talks about how we are children of God and how God loves us so much. We then decided to sing "I am a Child of God" and there is so much power in those words. With Lisa, we talked about how Christ is the light in our lives and we challenged her to read a verse a day from the Book of Mormon and she will feel the Light of Christ in her life. Then Sister Herron was willing to feed us and she is just a great lady and love spending time with her.
We also got to go out with Sister Dean and had really good visits. We got to catch Francine Gray at her house and it has been a while since we have seen her. She has been working at McD's and hasn't been able to get off Sundays. But she is looking for a new job to work for the school, so we are praying that she gets it. Then we got to see Sherry Valerie and it was a really great visit and Sister Dean was really happy to catch her. We read from Moroni 7:48 and I shared just how important it is to "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart" and how Heavenly Father is waiting to hear from us. And she started crying and we could all feel the spirit there. We could just feel this love in the room. I always love talking with Sherry and the sweet spirit that see has.
After, we had Sister Dean drop us off in an area where we were going to try some former investigators. We went to try Courtney but she was sleeping so we will have to catch her another time. After trying the former's, we decided to just tract the street. A lot of the doors we knocked, no body answered but one guy answered. His name is Darrell and we got to talk with him about the Book of Mormon and he seems pretty interested and we are going to try and see him this week. After walking around for a couple hours, Sister Turley picked us up and we went and tried a referral that had requested a bible. Her name is Latoria and she is kind of shy. We gave her the bible and then we got to introduce the Book of Mormon and she was willing to read it. We also invited her to church and she said that she wouldn't promise anything, so we hope that she comes.
We got to help Sister Herron again with some service and we got to met her Sister. We helped move her freezer and the food in it. While we were planning for what to share with them, I felt impressed to grab some of my picture quotes and to give it to them. We found some that talks about God's love for us and asking to remember when we felt God's love. It was really cool to share it with them and to hear about how they know that God loves them. It was very cool.
So Saturday, we went tracting in the morning and no one answered the door and it was dang hot outside. Finally we made it home and had some lunch, then the Elder Weaver called us to do stewardship calls. They went pretty good and we were about to go out to try potentials but felt like we needed to call Courtney. So we called her and asked when would be a good time to come see her and she asked what we were doing right now, and so we told her that we can come over right now. So we started walking cause we don't have the car but the thing is is that she lives at the very top of our area, so it's going to take us a good minute to get there. Also we could see that a storm was coming and we were just hoping that we didn't get rained on. But as we stared walking, the storm came but the only thing that it did was that it blocked the sun and made it pretty cool. We were so thankful and it made it easier to walk to Courtney's.
After about an hour, we finally made it and we got to visit with Courtney. She hadn't read from the Book of Mormon yet but told us that her son had been reading from it. Then she asked us what makes us different so we talked a little more about where the Book of Mormon came from and about the restoration and she was understanding everything. Then we just talked about life and what our beliefs in. it was a really good conversation and was really happy that we could catch her. We are seeing her this week and hope it goes well.
Then we started walking back and it was still pretty shaded. We then made our way over to Sister Washington's to try to find people. After a couple house's we decided to go to introduce Sister May to her. She was so happy to see us and we had a great time talking with her. She is just the sweetest lady. As we were talking, we started to hear thunder so we started to head out. So as we were walking back, we were going to try a less-active but then a huge crack of thunder went off so we decided to head straight back to the apartment. We were just praying asking Heavenly Father to not let it rain till we get home, then it was starting to sprinkle a little bit. But then as soon as we walked into our door, it started pouring and we were so thankful.
So on Sunday, we had a bunch of less-active members come to church that we were really happy about. It was a really great day and had some really good discussions. In gospel principals we talked about Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy and it was a really great discussion and then in Relief Society we talked about Temples and the importance temples are in are lives. It just all went very well. Then we got home and took a mini nap. Then we headed out to go try more people and another storm came in. We got pretty wet and we had forgotten to write the address down so I had to just remember where less-active members. We were able to catch one lady and we got to talk with her and it went really good. She hasn't been to church for a while but all we can do is love them and let them know that they are loved. Then we made our way to the Turley's to have dinner with them. We invited Ariel to come but she wasn't able to make it which was pretty sad but maybe another time.
Yea so this week has been pretty busy and great. i am excited to see what happens this transfer and all the miracles that God has in-store for me. I hope y'all have a great week and know that I love y'all so much!!!
Sister McKenna O'Connor
Sister May and I in a car full of luggage! Last transfer!!!