Insane week. It started out beyond awful then ended fabulous!! Warning: Short Email. Running late
So the begging of this week was so bad... canceled appointments, no one answering, a dumb missionary asked me some stupid questions and basically questioned me on why I am even out here. I didn't say anything since I didn't want to say something that I'd have to take back but I was thinking, "Seriously dude? We are both on missions? 1st of all I WANT to be here and 2nd I KNOW I am supposed to be here." Idk, it was just lame and really bugged me then the next day after these questions, we went to see the Pargas family. Last time we met with them they wanted to reschedule a baptism date... they dropped us. They aren't ready to commit to baptism. I shared my testimony and Jeff said he wants his girls to be just like us but they are just not ready... Idk, it just sucked that they dropped us. I was devastated... I know they can feel that the things we are sharing with them are true... Agency can be a real mean game changer haha so them dropping us just added to the dumb questions and feeling like I was running my head into the wall, so yeah it was awful....
On the positive side, after ya hit rock bottom theres no where else to go but up right? Haha Well we went to the temple this week and I absolutely needed it. It was beautiful and I learned so much. Its crazy how every time I go I learn something new. Its so peaceful. I wish I had more time so I could write more! GAHH!
Okay so last thing, this made up for everything awful that happened this week. We were asked to give a talk in 3rd ward so we invited some people to go and guess what? Kendrick came! This was his first time at church and he LOVED it! So after our ward missionary meeting last night we got the best text any missionary could ask for. Kendrick sent us a text saying he wants to get baptized!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! Freak to the Yeah! I did a dance in the church parking lot and boy it made this week amazing. Ya know what is so cool about all of this, I didn't do anything. This work is pretty sweet and I am so lucky to be a part of it. I am bad with words... but just one good thing (or freakishly awesome thing like Kendrick's text) can make up for all the downer feelings. Man, I am so lucky to be here and to see how the gospel really does change lives. GOTTA LOVE IT!!!
This week was busy. I went on exchanges with Sister Dodds then we had zone conference. Zone was... not what I had expected. President talked about "Eternal Marriage... Eventually" haha Sister Kentner and I were like, "This is gonna be interesting" but it was actually the best zone conference so far for me. I love talking about the importance of families and we watched a great little video. ~Heres the link to the video ~https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-01-002-earthly-father-heavenly-father?lang=eng~ oh! And guess what... I had to talk! The whole zone was supposed to prepare a talk just in case you were asked to talk and I thought, "Blehh, it wont be me." When Elder Salamaan walked up there to announce who was going to talk my heart dropped. He looked right at me and smiled and said, "Sister Coats" Seriously I should've known something was up, he kept looking at me and laughing... he was just way too happy about the whole situation haha well, I had absolutely nothing prepared since I thought I wasn't going to be talking but it turned out really good, I think? I was asked to talk about the language of prayer which I thought was a funny topic for me since I totally stink at using thee and thou, etc. when praying. So I told everyone how I stink at that and how it was ironic that I was talking about it and shared my testimony on prayer. Why do I always get so emotional when I share my testimony?? Why? Its an awesome feeling though! But hey, after zone President Curtis shook my hand and said, "Sister Coats your talk was powerful." That made me feel amazing!!! (Btw, I am always surprised to find out he actually knows my name)
Then after zone we went to Grandview for a couple days. We went to Grandview days! It was a cute little tractor parade they had going on and we met a bunch of people! Okay, we had an awesome lesson with Maddy. She asked her dad if she could get baptized and he didn't say No like everyone thought he would, he said, "I don't know" Maddy was so excited that he at least didn't say No! Also, Maddy's mom and her weren't fighting nearly as bad as they were last week!! I think the family prayers we challenged them to do are working! When Maddy's mom was in the bathroom Maddy shared with us how every time they fight, she goes out to the barn and says a prayer. She is a strong little girl. :) One last thing, we had a lesson with Kendrick again! He has been reading the book of Mormon and is definitely interested! Anyway, it was another busy and good week! (We also did a ton of service; soup kitchen, painting, cleaning houses, cleaning carpets. I love service) Sorry this is short I just gotta go but have an amazing week everyone! Love you!
Grandview is our busiest ward. We got a referral from the mission office and it was all the way in Bruneau so we asked VaLere if she would drive us. We drove past the house probably 5 times but we finally found it. The home was a disaster... there were smashed cars everywhere and it looked like no one lived there. We knocked on the door, waited, sister Kentner wanted to leave but I had a feeling to knock again so I knocked again and this pretty lady answered the door. We asked if her name was Snovia. She said, "Yeah, who are you?" I said, "We're sister Missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and" she cut me off and was like, "OOOH!!!!! Come in! Come in!!!! I've been waiting for you!!!" (Pretty awesome right :)) Snovia explained how her older sister is LDS but she is Baptist. She just moved to Bruneau from Arizona because she got a divorce and her friends own this home. Her friends were renting out the home and the people who were living there destroyed it so the way Snovia is paying rent is by fixing it up. Well she told us she wants to get baptized!!! Isn't that amazing!!!??? She wants to get baptized and just doesn't know what to do! That's when I was like, "We know what to do! Can we come backtomorrow morning!?" She said, "Yes! I'll be here all day!" The next morning we shared the Restoration with her. She shared her testimony at the end how she has been looking for this her whole life and she knew it was true years ago but didn't want to do anything to upset her husband. So yeah, AMAZING! I can't believe how blessed I am to be out here doing the Lord's work. Heavenly Father is truly preparing people to hear the gospel and I am so lucky that I get to be the one to share it with them :) A little side note... she came to church too! Oh! And I did absolutely nothing to deserve this! When we left I kept thinking, "Wow... the Lord is trusting me with His work... whoa.... I didn't even do anything and she wants to get baptized... whoa" haha :) (well I never do anything its all the about the Lord) :)
We set a date with Madi May. She wants to get baptized but her Dad is anti and even though her mom is a member and is supportive I've never seen a mom be so core cutting... Telling her daughter she is stupid and wishing she would get lost. I don't get it.... Madi wants to make her mom proud but her Mom seems to always be cutting her down... Madi is only 12 years old. She can be a brat but I kinda think that's just because her Mom is so mean to her. I wish I knew how to help them but it's not my place to say anything... Thank you for loving me mom!!!! Even when I'm a brat!!! Thank you! I love you! haha :)
We have a new investigator, Christopher Kendricks. He is in Air Force Security, use to be a lifeguard & college swimmer, he just moved here from Florida, he is a "southern Baptist" (I guess there is a big difference between being Baptist and "Southern" Baptist) :) and he has a "I'm not talking to God right now" attitude... but towards the end of our meeting with him he said he would pray about what we talked about and I gave him a book of Mormon. He promised to read and pray about it. Later Sister Medelez text us "Kendricks is so excited to see you again!!" I'm excited to meet with Kendricks again. It was way cool to see how just after talking to him for a bit he went from "I'm not talking to God" to "Okay, I'll pray." It was pretty neat. :)
With all of the awesome successes we had this week I got really sad the other day... I was so sad that I got physically sick... I heard from someone I thought I wouldn't ever have to talk to again and I thought I had forgiven them but I still need to forgive them. Hearing from that person... instant awful memories and instant pain... I had to go to the bathroom just so I could cry. I haven't cried like that since I've been out! I said a prayer and put some makeup on so no one could tell I was crying haha well then Sister Parsons was sewing and she lost a piece to her sewing machine. She had back surgery a while back so she can't bend down. She asked me if I could help her find a the missing piece. We looked everywhere and couldn't find it. I asked her if we could say a prayer. I felt silly asking her if we could say a prayer, I don't know exactly why I felt silly but I did. I asked, "Can we say a prayer? Because then I know I've done all I can to help you find the piece." She smiled and said, "Of course." After the prayer we still couldn't find it. Sister Parsons was really starting to freak. She is a seamstress and if she doesn't have a sewing machine she can't work... and she had to finish a wedding dress by the next day... we still couldn't find it so Sister Parsons went online to see if there was anywhere she could buy this little piece. Its a European sewing machine, no one near by had the piece, and even if she were to order it online, it was super expensive and it would be at least another week before it would get here.... Sister Parsons is just too sweet, so I went to the bathroom, knelt down again, and prayed that she would find the piece. After my prayer I had this feeling to look in the garbage can. There was no way it could be in that garbage can because it was on the other side of her sewing room, well guess what! The missing piece was right there in that garbage can. I didn't have to dig or anything. I ran out to Sister Parsons and said, "I FOUND IT!!!" She stood up and said, "You did!! Oh I love you!!!!" She hugged me and cried and said, "He loves me. Isn't beautiful what his tender mercies can do?" :) I cried a little too. You are probably wondering why I am telling you about an awful day and then a prayer. The reason why I told you about my awful day is because I felt better after I prayed and helped someone else. That's what got me out of my funk. The Lord gave me strength because I helped someone else. I'm so grateful Sister Parsons lost that little piece and asked me to help her find it because dang, that was one awful day and it really helped me realize that I need to stop thinking about myself! :)
Okay last thing, yesterday we had a missionary fireside for 2nd ward. I was super nervous because I don't know anyone and its my 1st impression!! Well, it was amazing! THANK GOODNESS :) I talked about how the simple things meant the most to me when coming back to church. It was just cool, even thought I cried... crying is embarrassing but hey, when I cry I know I'm being sincere ) Anyway, it really made me think about how everyone of you have helped me! You have helped me by just being my friends and I think the best way to share the gospel isn't to walk up to someone and say "I want to share my testimony with you" because that can be intimidating and weird sometimes haha but I think the best way is by being someone's friend. Share the gospel with LOVE!! "All you need is love! Love! Love is all you need" I miss the beatles hehe :)
This was a long email haha but I love you all talk to you next week! Thank you for everything you do!! :)