I've been disobedient this week.
Page 43 of the Missionary Handbook: "Limit how often you eat at restaurants, including fast-food restaurants."
So, I guess... I'll keep a tally for you as far as restaurants goes.
Fast food aside, it's been a wild week. As a trio, we are working 2 areas at once, both Conway and North Little Rock. We spent Tuesday & Wednesday in NLR, Thursday through Saturday in Conway, and then we came back to NLR yesterday, and will be here through Tuesday. It's insanity. It's also kinds fun.
I haven't felt like my best self this week, but our 3 days in Conway this week have been some of our best, most effective days. President Hansen promised us that our little time in our own area will be magnified, and that is sooooo true. We taught 3 new really solid-seeming investigators, one each day we were there. Here's my run-down of the week.
In my last email, I mentioned going to Tacos 4 Life for lunch. That was #1. #2 was going to Red Robin that night. It was Elder Webb's birthday, and his parents sent him some money for all of us to go out somewhere, so he picked Red Robin, which just opened. (It was the first Monday it had been open)
And then came Tuesday! Elder Shelley nominated himself as District Leader of the NLR district, so before finishing 12 week, he instructed his first district meeting! He did a pretty good job haha.
Afterwards, we went to Jimmy John's, which was free since a member of our church owns that location. Tried contacting some people in the North Little Rock area book but no one was home. One lady we tracted into referred us to a neighbor down the street from the Philippines who had just lost her husband. We said a prayer with her and gave her a Book of Mormon.
We had Wendy's for dinner that night, which is #4 for those of you keeping track.
On Wednesday, Valentine's Day, we joined the Office Elders in the morning to go to the tiny gym in their apartment complex. I broke my pull-up record at 20, and then it started pouring rain. We ran back to the apartment in it and finished getting ready for the day.
After studies, we went to Larry's Pizza buffet and discounted all the good we had done at the gym that morning. It was a nice day, though, and we were able to walk some of #5 back off. Again, we found that nobody we wanted to try was home.
For dinner, I wanted to try a new Mexican restaurant, so I found one on Google maps that was rated pretty high and sounded good, so we went off to #6. Yikes it was kinda shady haha. The inside looked like a gas station, and nobody in there spoke English. My torta was pretty good, though, and I didn't get food poisoning, so that's a win!
After attending their missionary correlation meeting, we convinced Elder Shelley to buy a tub of BlueBell 2-Step ice cream, (the kind with both cookies n cream and cookie dough in it.) We then played Apples to Apples with the Office Elders until late. So a pretty good day!
The next day, we drove back to Conway and had our district meeting. And then went to Wendy's for lunch. That was #7.
Being back in Conway, we tried a former we've been trying to meet for a while, and finally caught him on a day off! He invited us in and we talked for almost an hour. He said that at one point in his life, he would have been afraid to read the Book of Mormon because of how he had been raised, but he said he would start reading it as soon as we left, and have some questions ready for us this week! Yay!
That night, we had a home cooked meal, to end the streak! Excluding breakfasts, that was 7 consecutive meals eaten at a restaurant and I was getting tired of it haha. After that wonderfulness, we had our Book of Mormon class and that same kinda weird guy who came last week was there again. We read the book of Enos, and he kept forgetting the guy's name and calling him "Anos." Yikes. The sisters had an investigator there, and this guy asked for a ride to the other investigator's church from him, in the middle of class. Agh. Hopefully the other guy wasn't scared away. :/
Day 2 in Conway, we tried some potential investigators. The guy we were trying to see wasn't home, but his roommate answered the door, and invited us in. He's been searching for truth, and found a cool local church thst meets in people's homes and follows the example of the church in Acts. They believe in something called "The Recovery," which is the idea that parts of the Bible have been removed and there is more truth being discovered. So we shared our message, "The Restoration" with him, and a Book of Mormon. He said he's open to it all, so we will see how that goes!
On top of being in a trio, we had the missionaries from Glenwood join us, since Elder Miller had a doctors appointment in Conway. So there were 5 of us in our apartment which was fun haha. Found 39c while tracting that afternoon, and had restaurant meal #8 at Tacos 4 Life again. Man, thats my favorite place here i think. That night, we learned how to play Skipbo, and that was pretty fun. It was good hanging out with my MTC companion again!
Saturday had my favorite lesson of the week! We had been trying to see this lady for a while, and she told us to come back today, so we went and she was available, and invited us in. She lives with... her partner, who is a woman, and together they raise their 4 kids. She said her faith hasn't felt as strong lately, and asked us what she should do. We ended up explaining the restoration. She said she believed us! We told her to check out "mormon.org" to help answer any questions she has. She shared that she named one of her son's Elijah, and then went to Google what that meant.
By divine providence of God, the first result that came up on her Google search was mormon.org haha. She kiiinda freaked out a bit, but in an awesome way. She asked for "one of our Mormon books" and I gave one to her. She started flipping through it right away. "Wow," she kept saying. "I've just been looking through the index, and like the names, like Alma? And Nephi? And I just feel something good." It was so clear she was feeling the spirit! How awesome!!
We met the Glenwood missionaries up for lunch at Beebe's, a burger joint none of us had ever been to before. For #9, it was pretty good! Shoutout to Bro. Routt for paying for all of us hooligans.
Delivered a Spanish Book of Mormon and visited Steve, our investigstor who is waiting on his approval from the 1st Presidency to be baptized. Hes been waiting for a while now, so he should hear back soon. Or so we have been thinking since January!
Yesterday morning, we drove back to North Little Rock. Elder Jennings was there, already back from having given his departing testimony in that building the week before haha. He came up for a baptism that happened in their district on Saturday. That's 1/11 We need to get as a zone before the end of March!! It was good to see him again. The NLR ward had a missionary Sunday, in which Pres. & Sis. Hansen spoke, and I accompanied the NLR missionary district choir + Elder Evans in "Teach Me to Walk in the Light" on the piano. Got to see the amazing couple I helped teach up here a few weeks ago! They're still staying strong and progressing so much!
We got to have lunch at the Hess's, an awesome office senior couple. And then we went to the Cronin's for their Family Home Evening. Sis. Cronin was the one who was baptized on Saturday. Sis. McNall shared a spiritual thought with their 3 young kids, while one of their 2 pugs snored super loudly. Elder Stiles-Culver was laughing himself to fits but trying not to interrupt the thought or distract the kids, but every 4 or 5 seconds, the pug would snore again and he'd start shaking with laughter. It was infectious to me, so it got to the point where I was stabbing myself with my pen to distract myself haha.
Right after that, we went to have dinner with the Office Elders and a member couple. They made some kind of African curry that was pretty good. I guess she was one of the kids who first introduced and performed "I Am A Child of God" to the world!
And now it is P Day again and it has been a crazy week with cool people and cool experiences and lots of fast food grease. Don't take homemade food for granted. Fast food is only good for so long, unless it's Tacos 4 Life. But that add$ up.
It's cool to think that if I can have a week this good and fun and busy and crazy while I'm not on my best, this week, where I am determined to do my best, is gonna be heckin nuts. Until next time. I'm off to go give 'em heaven. [And bowl, at the moment]
Love y'all! Have a good week! Stay outta trouble! Read your scriptures!
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Elder Oliver Wrigley Dahl
Arkansas Little Rock Mission
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