This week was Thanksgiving and it was a different week. On the actual holiday we stay in our apartment unless we have appointments with members for dinner. No proselyting that day. I am sure that there wouldn't be many people that would want to let us in to teach a lesson while they are all stuffing themselves. We were well taken care of on Thanksgiving. We had a lunch appointment for Thanksgiving and then another family invited us over for left overs for dinner that night. As you can see from one of the pictures below...I was stuffing my face!
The work seems to be picking up for us over the past week. We met with Brittany on Wednesday and taught her a lesson. We had another meeting set with her on Saturday, but she wasn't home for that one. We need to teach her 2 times a week until her baptism so we can make sure that we get her committed to everything. We still have her Baptism date set for Jan. 3rd. She seems to be doing very well with all that we are teaching.
Last week we ran into a guy named Harold and set up an appointment for later in the week. We stopped by and we talked about a variety of things and he realized that he needs to be baptized before he dies. Since we were not able to teach him about the Priesthood Authority, he doesn't see the difference of getting baptized by someone holding the authority than any other preacher. So we set up another time to come back and talk to him. He is very busy recovering from a surgery, so with doctors appointments and his recovery we are going to try and catch up with him after New Year.
We were tracting the other day and sharing "He Is The Gift" video with people. This is an awesome 2 minute video stating what the real gift of Christmas is. We met with Kaleefia and her daughter Chesnie and they were really open to hearing about it and really liked the video. Her husband wasn't interested in talking with us so he just continued to make Ramen noodles while we shared the message. We are going to try back on Friday and we hope we can teach them the Restoration.
Love you all!
Note from Steve Ashby:
One of the members of the Williams Ward really takes care of the missionaries. These two pictures below were sent by the Flannery's. She also sent a message to Elder Parkinson's family and our family via Facebook and I wanted to share what she wrote:
Rona Flannery: I have been so terrible at sending you awesome parents pictures!! But I will try and do better! I was gone for a few months helping my daughter, but now I'm back and I'll try and keep you better "informed" from my perspective anyway.
I just wanted you to know how much we love your boys! They are truly awesome, BOTH!! Both Danny and I breathed a sigh of relief when neither of them got transferred. They are such great missionaries, such hard workers and it is such a blessing for us to be here so close to them and seeing the work progress. And it is...it's taking off like wild fire here! It was dead for soooo long, and now BAM! They are truly who Heavenly Father needed here at this time.
They both have great work ethic and a sense of humor - which I'm pretty sure you'd die out here without because it's actually a very diverse place - not typical valley Arizona at all.
So Danny has gone with them a few times and is so impressed with their teaching abilities. Even our sweet Elder Ash comes right out of his shell - you would never know he started off shy, because he is so open now.
Just last night, we were chatting with them and they had a few spare minutes and went tracting. They were able to share a very spiritual message and schedule an appointment for next week. That never happens! They were pumped! (because no one opens their doors these days unless you have thin mints - lets get real LOL)
Anyway, they rock! They are loved! They are needed! Thought you should know. And as soon as I can figure out why my pictures won't download, I'll get some sent.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!