Let's start with a spiritual note: General Conference. It was a wild ride this time around!!!! I'm so grateful for our new and sustained Prophet Russell M. Nelson. If anyone is slightly nervous about having a new prophet, just watch the clip of him announcing the 7 new temples and you will be pleasantly reminding how human he is. Watching him chuckle over announcing yet ANOTHER temple in good ol' Utah was so stinkin funny! I loved it!! I'm also very excited that we, as a church and not just the Florida Jacksonville Mission, are placing a more focused effort on ministering to individuals. Love love it! Such an inspired announcement.
Okay now here's why Sister Allgaier was accidently apostate this week and brace yourself, this is a doozy of a story.... The elders had given us a referral for a lady who met with missionaries in Arizona and wanted to meet with them again! So we were pumped and gave her a call. She said she would love to meet with us but because of her current home situation we couldn't meet in her home but we could meet in the parking lot of her (super sketchy) apt complex. We went to her apt complex parking lot and asked around looking for her. In the meantime Sister G saw a man struggling to carry a case of water bottles. She asked if he needed any help and he said "sure, I can't carry two on my own." So I was thinking good, she can carry it then and I will walk behind her. Well karma is such a missy and there were two MORE cases, not two in total. So I arrived one as well. We literally carried those suckers for 10 STINKIN MINUTES!!!! We were both sweaty at this point cause it's Florida and those babies had 35 bottles each in them. So heavy, we finally drop them off and find Miss Beverly (the lady we were meeting) on the way. Our arms at a legit shaking and we ask her where she wants to meet. She looks around and sees a man and goes "oh Jim! Can we have our meeting in your house??" Jim was grade A creepy. Creepy Jim said sure....joy. So we went in his house with Miss Beverly and she started talking us her life story. Including the many time she has been sexually assaulted. She's talking at 100 mpm and when she catches her breath Jim says "Beverly, I have been trained in giving healing blessings, would you like one?" Sister G and I just look at each other, both not excited for this experience. He looks at us and says "girls, feel free to join in when you feel so inclined." I asked him what church he was from and them told him that we were unfamiliar with this form of blessing so we would just watch and we would pray with them after he finished. He starts giving this weird blessing where he's half talking to God and half talking to Miss Beverly and his eyes are open the whole time. I know that because I couldn't decide if I needed to open them or shut them....I probably looked like a broken doll with my eyes opening and closing like they were. So then he looks at me and says "will you out your hand on her shoulder?" Not even thinking about it I put my hand on her shoulder. He stats talking about how blessings are given by the laying-on-of-hands. I realize what the heck I'm doing and oh so slowly raise my hand off her shoulder one finger at a time until I'm hovering her shoulder. In my brain it's making it look like, to him, that I'm still holding her shoulder when in reality I wasn't. Well this is where the water part come into play. Because my arms have the strength of an overcooked noodle my arm is shaking like a Polaroid!! And when I think it is just barely hovering her shoulder, it's actually about 6 inches above her shoulder (companions are great at keeping things in perspective for you...). We left shortly after that. The entire time I was praying and saying over and over again "Heavenly Father, do we need to leave?" "Do we need to leave?" I never got the "GO NOW" feeling and we ended up just fine. So there you go, if I get sent home (I won't, I asked the AP's about it) you'll know why. 😇
Scripture of the Week:
"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Yesterday, we taught our cutie kiddos and invited them to be baptized and they said yes! Not just said yes but yelled and jumped! They could not wait! The oldest said "I can't wait to be baptized!! I want to be like Jesus Christ!" I made a comment how I wish all of our investigators were this excited to be baptized and this scripture came into mind. We are to be like little children, willing and excited to be obedient to our Heavenly Father and to be more like our Eldest Brother!
I love being a missionary and I love y'all!!! Have a stellar week!