Monday we ended up going to the zoo, which was a blast! It's fun having faint memories of going there as a kid.
Tuesday morning we had District Meeting, which went really well. After that I went on exchanges in the next area over, Pagedale. I was with Elder Fa'anunu, a really awesome missionary from Tonga!
Wednesday we picked up 2 new investigators, Denise and Dejah, a mother and daughter who are really eager to learn about the Book of Mormon and how it testifies of Christ. It was a really neat lesson.
Thursday we sadly dropped one of our investigators who wasn't progressing. It's always a sad thing, but a necessary part if the work is to move forward.
Friday we Weekly Planned, taught Ira, one of our investigators, and then had visits with Josh, a recent convert; the Walls, a part member family; and the Robinsons, all of which went well.
Saturday we picked up another new investigator named Larry. We were planning on teaching him about the Restoration, but felt prompted to teach the Plan of Salvation. It went really well, and he was very receptive to what we had to say. That evening we had Transfer Calls... Dun dun dun... Haha Elder Bishop is heading off to Waterloo, Illinois, and I'm staying here in Maryland Heights. Not only that, but I'm getting a Spanish companion, Elder Vergara! There's quite a large Spanish-speaking portion of our ward, so we will get to help out with that, particularly. To make things even more exciting, we will be serving together as Co-District Leader!! I've never even heard of that happening before, but I'm really excited! It'll be a blast!
Sunday we had Church in the morning, which was great. That afternoon we picked up two more new investigators: Dorris, an older Baptist lady who is willing to listen, and a man named Rafael from Mexico (it's a good thing I'm getting a Spanish companion because his wife only speaks Spanish).
It's been a really amazing week seeing God place people in our path who we truly hadn't anticipated being there. He most definitely is always watching over us wherever we are.
One thought that came from a talk in Sacrament Meeting this week was about the story of the Brother of Jared. In Ether, it talks about how he made the barges "tight like unto a dish" so that the water wouldn't seep in through the cracks. In a similar manner, our lives, families, and homes must be "tight like unto a dish" in order to keep out all the evil influences of Satan. However, just keeping the bad out is not enough. Like it says in Ether 6:3 "And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness." We must also fill our "barges" with the light that shines always, which is the light of Christ, for our Father in Heaven desires that we not "cross [our] great waters in darkness." I definitely thought it was a very cool thought.
I love this work, and I love all of you!
The Church is True!
[Peter ran across this old photo of our family that was taken by a family we knew well when we lived in St. Louis. The boy on the left is their son and he would often baby sit our kids. Hard to believe our family was so young and small back then!]