Monday, October 27, 2014

They Were So Prepared For Us. It Was Amazing!

Hello everyone!!

Wow, sacrament sounds like it was amazing, I am so glad :).  Dont worry about me! Jaxsen hopefully your hand heals quick!  ouch! Keep cooking though, you'll be all ready for your mission :).  And ali, keep playing the piano for me!! 

It's been an AMAZING week!  Seriously!  This tuesday, we had district meeting and were talking about our goals for the month.  As a district (us and 2 elders), we had goals to have 27 new investigators.  We only had 6, with one week left! We decided it would be tough but we would still try to get 21 new investigator that week!

After district meeting, we decided to go try to teach a lady named F--.  We had met her the week before and she had asked us to come teach her and her friend C-- some time.  She told us she lived in Toptop (we've never been there before), close to a certain store, but we basically had no idea how we would find her!  We caught a motor, and started driving to Toptop and talking to the driver.  He was from Toptop! What are the odds! We asked him if he knew F--, and turns out she was his COUSIN! He drove us straight to her house!  That was a huge miracle.  Her house was way back from the road, we never would have been able to find her without help!  And then, F-- and C-- and their kids were all home!  That hardly ever happens even when you have a lesson planned with them!  They were SO prepared for us, it was amazing.  After their lesson, we walked with a little girl named I-- and taught her family too!  AND THEN, walked just down the road, and taught another four ladies.  It was amazing.  We have never had a day anywhere near as successful as that!  We found 11 new investigators that day, more than we had the rest of the transfer!  And we were doing the same things as we always do, just walking around talking to everyone we can.  It wasn't us!  It's all the Lord, preparing people for us. I know i'ts true!  This is His work. :) I'm so blessed to be a part of it!  Even though we didn't quite make it to our goal, we got SO much closer than we thought we would!  There are so many miracles in this work!  

I need to go! I love you all so much and am praying for you :)

Sister Mortensen

A few more words from Brianne:

Bri, Here are some questions we would like answered!  

Josh:  Are you in one of the nicest parts of your mission?

Josh, we're in one of the most rural areas!  It's really spread out.  There is pretty much just one main road through town, and a few little side streets.  There's one nice ish store with food, and then some little stores with lots of fresh fruit and veggies and some other stuff.  It wasn't hit too hard by the storm though, so theres not a lot of that  kind of damage.  

Ali:  When you studies the scriptures, do you study in Cebuano or English?

Ali, I'll study in english usually, and then some cebuano for language study :).  Half the time in lessons i'll have out both while we teach!

Jax:  What is the craziest food you have eaten?

Jax, balut! It really wasn't that bad though :).  Also, we've had lechon a couple times now! Is a whole pig that they roast over a fire.  And then they just cut it up and eat it, skin and all!  It's SO good :)

Lauri:  Are you taking lots of pictures?  Remember your mission presidents wife advice?   Send home your favorite 2 pictures every week!!!!!!!!

Mom....kinda.... :) Not enough yet!  It's hard to send pictures every week, they take time to load, and not every internet place has usb ports! I will try my best though!

Brad:  What have you found to be the most effective way to bring the spirit into discussions?  Speaking a foreign language must be hard.

Dad,  we always sing a hymn at the beginning.  That helps a lot.  Also, we don't memorize and of the lesson, we just do our best with the language and try to follow the spirit.  And mix in a little english :). Most people understand english pretty well.  It is hard, but it's not too bad :)  And wow, that does sound like a busy day.  A great day too though! thank you for all the work and dedication you put into your calling. You are amazing! I love you too!  

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