And that was a lot harder than we had expected. We've decided that the miracles come after the trial of our faith!
On Monday night we had about 20 minutes in the pouring rain to contacting around the train station before we went to our appointment. God sure did bless us and gave us a lot of hope to carry us through the rest of the week because we were able to give 4 out in those 20 minutes! Then we went to one of the funnest experiences of my mission. I mentioned last week that we got invited to a prayer circle by a lady we talked to on the street. It was wonderful! We got there and really did sit in a circle. Then they had invited three women from another church to introduce their religion. They have a very interesting belief. They believe that we get close to god through light and tones...so we spent the longest 20 minutes ever trying one of their prayers. You close your eyes and open your palms and and then say "yewwwwwwwwwww" over and over again and you kind of sing it. I had such a hard time not laughing! Especially because I could hear the elders. It wasn't a spiritual experience at all, but all these people loved us and we will get to introduce our church next month. They said we had so much light and spirit about us. We sang hymns together after the prayer circle and then we all felt the spirit.
We also had some pretty depressing experiences though. Turns out two of our investigators are hoarders...this is probably one of the most frustrating situations someone could be in. We want to help them but all they have us do is move stuff around rather than throw things away. After a few hours you just get really sad and then you have to leave. They both are progressing a lot though! One of then came to church yesterday and they are both reading.
This week we also had quite a few not so nice contacting experiences. There were a lot of people who came up to us to tell us we are crazy and wrong and then we also met a lot of people who told us no or no interest in a not so nice way. But we kept contacting a ton and were able to reach our goal!!!
On Saturday we still had to give out 9 Books of Mormon and we were able to give out 6 and then we were still left with 3 at 8:00 at night. God really blessed us and when we left our apartment to give them out, we found three wonderful people who accepted a book! There are two people that really stood out to me that accepted Books of Mormon this week. One was a young mom with her son on the train. She took the book and then we kept talking and I found out her dad had passed away last week. It was really cool because I was able to show her some chapters in the book and tell her I know there is life after death. We also gave a book to a cute girl from China. She said she didn't know much about God at all and gladly took one and some pamphlets since we couldn't say much in Chinese. I just felt like it was a good seed we planted with her.
Sister Bray and I kept joking a bit throughout the week that we were waiting to see our miracles. We were a little upset because we didn't find any new investigators. We did find quite a few potentials though! But my testimony of miracles was really strengthened yesterday. I sat by Caroline, our investigator, for sacrament meeting and right before the meeting started, a girl came and sat down next to me. I introduced myself and found out that she wasn't a member. She is probably 25 and way cute and is from Romania. She told me she just wanted to come to church and somehow had received a Book of Mormon before. She has already read until Ether and loves it!! She wants to get a hymn book and then was asking how often she could come to church. I told her about institute and we will be meeting her at institute this week. I was kind of sitting in church just in awe at the whole situation. I feel so blessed! Our faith and miracles week really paid off.
I think I learned a lot more about faith just from our daily activities than I did from my personal study of faith. It just made so much sense to me why we are here on earth and why it is so important that we have these experiences, learn, and grow. It's through everything that we experience, the good things and the bad things, that we come to develop and strengthen our faith. I'm also incredibly grateful that we know we can have faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.
I love you!