D&C 18:10, 15-16
"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
"And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
"And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!"
I feel the joy that these scriptures express right now. It is such a wonderful feeling! The more I work in Kuna, the more I love the people and desire to bring them God's word. The work is going great here!
So, we have 2 new investigators! Their names are Josh and Evan Stingcomb, and they are 11 and 9. Their dad, Brian, is a less active, and their mom is an atheist. But Brother Vasso (the Elders Quarem President) has been working with Brian, and recently got him to agree to let his kids take the discussions! Both of the kids are really sweet, along with their 6 year old brother Micah who's autistic. Josh is obviously very smart, maybe a little too much for his own good, and likes to keep to himself and is looking forward to all the facts and such. And then little Evan is very spiritual. He talked about how he had been trying to pray the way Brother Vasso taught them a few weeks ago. And when we committed them to say a prayer every night, he (Evan) committed to make sure his brother (Josh) prayed with him! It was pretty cute. :) Evan was very involved with our discussion-- we both can tell that he's prepared to hear the Gospel. Josh might take a little bit more work, but he's a good kid, and I know that he'll feel the Spirit as well. :)
We also met a former/potential investigator named Scott Peterson. He's married to a member, and has taken the discussions a couple of times, but just hasn't felt ready, or something dramatic happens. He was really nice, and his wife and her daughter accepted us right in. :)
We also finally were able to meet one of the investigators the other sisters had last night at a seminary fireside-- Brittany Heitzman. She's a super cute, bubbly, 16-year old who's on color guard. Her friend in the 3rd ward introduced her to the church, and she wanted to be taught by sisters, so we're going over to her house to teach her. She was also really excited to sign up for Seminary.
There are also 3 little girls that we are teaching right now-- Chloe and Chantel, who are twins and are... 10 I think, and then Tyla is 8, and they're all sisters. They're super cute. :) Their dad hasn't been active due to work mostly, and their mom, who lives in Oregon, has been completely inactive. They live with their dad during the summer, and he lives with his parents, so we teach them every Monday. And if the mom's work schedule changes, they might be staying through until the fall too! It's pretty awesome. :) We're hoping that they can get baptized-- they love primary, and love us. :) They're super cute. :)
And..... I'm trying to think of anyone else...
So, cool story. :)
So, we were just knocking on members doors our first week here, trying to learn everyone, and trying to get a feel of who's active and less active, and we knock on the Renyolds door, who is a family that's completely inactive. Shannon seemed a little weary, but Shawn was all like "Come on over and we'll feed you dinner!"
So, we scheduled a dinner appointment with them for this past Friday, and started praying that it wouldn't fall through.
Thankfully, it didn't. We had buffalo burgers (which, by the way, are so good. I think they're better than regular beef patties.), and we had a good time. At first, we didn't know if they would say a prayer or not, so Sister Ketring and I said a silent mini prayer to ourselves and started eating. Then Shawn, grinning, said "You know that the rule in our house is that whoever starts eating before the prayer has to say the prayer, right?"
He caught me mid-bite in my corn, so I offered the prayer. It was pretty funny. They're an awesome family too. They're really into hunting, and have had a variety of interesting pets. They currently have a scorpion, but have had 4 raccoon and a bobcat at one point. We really like them-- they're pretty funny. We don't know how willing they would be to come back to church, but we're just going to be their friends for now-- and that's not very hard to do. :)
And.... yeah. I think that's it. I'm getting the hang of riding a bike (Yup! I'm in a bike area!), and it's been super fun. I love it out here in Kuna, and love all the people I come in contact with. :)
I hope all of you are doing well! I love all of you! Keep the Faith!