So this week was a pretty not-according-to-plan week. Haha it was good, but most of what happened we didn't expect.
We knocked on this guy's door about two weeks ago and he said we could come back, but we never could get a hold of him. Then in the middle of church he calls us and asks if we could come by that afternoon and talk with him. So we did, and he is amazing! Super interested in learning about this church and willing to read the Book of Mormon and Pray. His name is Courtney, and he is super smart and well versed in almost every religion. He says he's just been on this journey going through all these different religions. He may not know it yet, but He's hopefully found the end of the journey in this church.
Later that night we were knocking some doors and found this guy that had a 12 foot Burmese Python in his front yard. He said it was his pet and he actually let us put it around our necks. It was sweet!! And even better, he said we could come back!
Then after that our appointment fell through, so we went and visited a less active family, the Ortmans. When we got there, they had just finished getting packed up and were ready to move across
town, but they had lost the key to the truck! So we searched around and said a prayer, but couldn't find anything for almost a half hour. Until we thought that Brother Ortman, the less active member, should say a prayer. He did so and not two seconds later we found the key. If that doesn't strengthen your testimony of prayer, I don't know what does!
So this past week I have been studying the Christ-like Attribute of Hope, which is basically the trust that when we do our part in keeping the commandments and being obedient, God will ALWAYS bless us. So One of my favorite scriptures that I found about Hope was in Psalms 42:11: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
I have such a strong testimony that when we do all in our power to obey God's commandments, it will ALWAYS turn out for our benefit. God is constantly waiting for an opportunity to bless us, and all we have to do is give him that opportunity by being obedient.
I love this work and I love this Gospel.
The Church is True!
[I had a little email exchange with him after seeing the snake photos:
Dan: "Yikes!!! There is no way you would have gotten me to touch, let alone be "embraced" by that guy's 'pet'! You are brave!"
Elder Fullmer: "Haha he says if he keeps it well fed, it has no reason to try and attack us. He plays with it for a half hour each day. It was super cool!"
Dan: "Well fed with what? Small animals like maybe...antelope? hippopotamus? giraffes?!! That thing is HUGE!"
Elder Fullmer: "Haha he feeds it a 25 lb rabbit every week."]