This week was pretty awesome. I love Wolfville! This area has progressed so much since Sister Barlow and I first got here, and now transfers are coming up in a couple weeks and I'm scared I'm going to leave. I love our investigators so much and a few of them are just weeks away from baptism! I really, really, REALLY want to be the missionary that continues to teach them and helps them into the waters of baptism but I know that there's a high possibility that I won't be. I shouldn't be a selfish missionary and I know I should be happy as long as they're being taught by someone but that doesn't stop me from wishing with all my heart that I stay another transfer in Wolfville! I've just been praying for the strength I'll need to leave them behind if I am transferred, because I know that no matter where I go next, it'll be the place I need to be, whether or not it's here in Wolfville - but if I do leave I know it's going to be HARD.
Let me tell you a little bit about these amazing investigators.
MADDY - Maddy is the sweetest little 11 year old who is on date to be baptized on. We taught her 3 times this week and it's so awesome to see how she just soaks it all up! My favorite thing is how she just lights up whenever she talks about her baptism! She's so excited for it! She's been telling all her friends at school about it and even wants us to make invitations that she can hand out! She missed church this week because she was really sick. We were worried that we would have to move the baptismal date (it's recommended that investigators attend church at least 3 times before they are baptized) but we called President Pratt to ask about it and he told us that it sounded like she was progressing really well, and gave us the OK the go ahead with her baptism, as long as we thought she really understood the importance of church attendance!
MANDY - Mandy is the girl we met at the ward activity a couple weeks ago and she is AMAZING. We had our first sit-down lesson with her this week. Going into the lesson we didn't really know what to plan for because Sister Silvenoinnen and I had taught her so much already. But we knew she would have a lot of questions so we planned to answer all of her questions and teach an in-depth Restoration lesson as a back-up. We drove an hour to Middleton, picked up a member from the branch there (she's the granddaughter of Sister Wade in our ward here and so we met her and her family when we went over to sister Wade's for supper once), then had the coolest lesson with Mandy. We got in there and she whipped out her notebook and the Restoration pamphlet we gave her and started bombarding us with questions about prophets, revelation, and priesthood authority. Luckily, I'd recently been studying the book , A Marvelous Work And A wonder (which is FANTASTIC by the way) so I felt confident when answering all her questions about the priesthood and church organization. She and the member, Rebekah, know each other from school so it worked out perfectly. Especially since she would be in the Greenwood branch so we wouldn't be able to be there with her on Sundays. But now she already knows someone there and Rebekah is totally up to inviting and driving her to church! Member fellowshipping is so important, especially in the CHM because everyone in the Maritimes is very friendly but they're all recluses too. So getting people to church can be hard if they don't know anyone there.
JOCELYN - Jocelyn is this sweet little old lady we met a couple weeks ago when we knocked on her door. At the time she said she was really sick but that we could come back in a week or two. So we've gone back 3-4 times and she's never been home, but I'm a firm believer in persistence (Spirit-led persistence at least)! So we went back yesterday and she invited us in, we shared the restoration and invited her to come to church. She explained how she had been baptized in the Baptist church and believed that every church was the same. So we explained to her priesthood authority and how her priest had authority given him by men, not by God. Then we invited her to be baptized and she said yes! She told us she would get her friend to drive her to churchso she could "see what it's all about". She's so cute and I can tell she has so much potential! I'm excited to teach her!
Anyways. This week has been fabulous. We've knocked into members a couple times which is always awkward but hey, it's a good way to accidentally get to know the members! We got ice cream (twice!) to celebrate my 7 month mark, we played volleyball with a member and all her nonmember friends for FHE, we taught lots of lessons and talked with lots of people. . . Basically it was a good week to be a missionary! I love you all and pray for you every day! Stay awesome!!!
p.s. I'll come up with a better title next week :)
- Sister Enright
Me and my companion
Smarties! They're way better than American Smarties