Anyways! This week has been. . . Well, full of ups and downs, disappointments and miracles, failures and tender mercies, as is just about every week in the mission field! But I want to focus on the miracles and the tender mercies (duh).
We also met this nice lady while we were out knocking who invited us over to come talk to her. She told us that she wan't religious at all but just loved to see missionaries! We talked to her for a few minutes and she insisted on giving us a box of fresh blueberries before we left and she even invited us to come swim in her pool whenever we felt like it (it was a particularly hot day so that invitation had to be turned down with more than a little reluctance on our part). I love people like that! Even though she wan't interested, it was nice to know that there are always nice people in the world!
Elder Ipson and Elder Kelinkopf came to our district meeting which we hadinstead of like we usually do. Elder Ipson and Elder Kleinkopf are the mission trainers. They travel the mission (in a classy silver mini van) and give special trainings at district meetings. It's super cool! So we had our four hour training with them and it was a blast. I also had to give a five minute talk but we're not going to discuss that because it was horrible. I'm a terrible public speaker. ANYWAYS. We did a lot of roleplays. They had Sister Barlow and I do a roleplay in front of everyone but we had to have our eyes closed the whole time! It was harder than it should've been. I realized that I need to be better at listening to the Spirit when we contact people, which is something that I feel like I've been working on throughout my whole mission and it was frustrating for me to find out that I still wasn't doing any better.
Speaking of the Book of Mormon, we met this awesome guynight. We only had 20 minutes to knock the street but we squared our shoulders and decided we were going to stick with our plan anyways and I'm so glad we did, or else we would have never met Dr. Donald Little! Donald is this 92 year old man who thinks he's 5'6'' but is more like 5'4". He also walks slower than a tortoise! One of the funniest part of the day was watching him walk down the hall to answer the door which felt like a solid 5 minutes. Haha! I loved it. Anyways. We talked to him for 20 minutes about the Book of Mormon! He basically just stood there and praised us and all Mormon missionaries. He's Anglican but ever since he taught a couple of Mormon girls in one of his university classes, he's had a lot of respect and admiration for our religion. At one point he asked us if we had to take a test before we came out on our missions: "Do they say things like 'you're too tall,' or 'too short', 'we don't like your opinions, you're too radical to represent us?" Hahaha! Actual quote from him. Eventually we had to leave but we left him with a Restoration pamphlet and he was so excited! He said, "Oh, I'll tell you what. I'll put down my crossword puzzle and read this right now!" haha! I can't wait to go back to visit him!
OK, I'm running out of time and you're probably all bored of this email already. But I have a few more cool stories and I'll try to make them fast, I promise!
OH LAST STORY I PROMISE. Our Ward Mission leader and his family are pretty big Harry Potter nerds and when we were over at their house for dinner earlier this week, I told them about how my family always celebrated Harry's birthday on July 31. So yesterday was July 31 and guess who knocked on our door atat night, dressed up in Hogwarts robes and scarves, with a pink birthday cake to share with us? I was so happy, I almost cried (*almost*. I promise, I'm not always crying!)
Anyways. So they're basically my favorite family ever now. I'll send a picture because I have a new camera cord now!
Love you all! Happy Harry Potter day! Remember to read the Book of Mormon and look for the tender mercies in you life because I can promise you, they're EVERYWHERE
- Sister Enright
You can't tell, but the cake says "Happee Birthday, Hary." written in green icing :)
Tender mercy #4768, we live right next to a lot of a little Farmer's Markets so of course I spoil myself and buy lots of fresh raspberries whenever I can :)