I don't even know where to begin. This week flew by and also took forever.
President Brinton called us this week, asking if any of the members in Nakhodka would be ready and willing to serve a mini-mission. (A mini-mission is when a member from one of the branches in our mission is temporarily paired with a full-time missionary. They keep the missionary schedule and do regular missionary work. Usually this happens because of a temporary lack of full-time missionaries in order to keep an area open.) We found someone willing, and she left to serve in Vladivostok the next day. It's so cool to see the desire the members have to serve missions and help do missionary work.
We also had a different member help on a lesson with a man we found on the street a while ago. (Maybe I wrote about him before. He reminds me of Forrest Gump.) It really makes a difference when we have a member on a lesson who understands the language perfectly and can help us explain principles and friendship the investigators. He said he will read the Book of Mormon, which is great! I can't wait to follow-up and see what he thinks.
I thought missionary work was mostly about teaching people. This week, we definitely spent a lot of our time planning and walking and calling people and walking and finding addresses and walking. It's crazy that this city is full of people, and we're trying to find the few who are ready to hear the message of the Restoration. They're out there, and there's no way we can find them without the guidance of the Spirit. Unfortunately, there are times when we're stood up and people don't come to lessons or to church, and there are times when we are rejected or we have doors slammed in our faces, but those rare times when we find nice people who are willing to stop for five seconds and share a smile or have a friendly conversation help give us the strength to keep going.
We had a meeting with Golden Wife. She and Golden Husband are still awesome members, reading and praying and coming to church. We have awesome recent converts here in Nakhodka. I love seeing the progress they make and the difference the Gospel has made in their lives. There's just something about the Spirit and the message of the Gospel that gives people greater peace and happiness, and I love sharing that with people who are ready to hear.
We'll receive transfer calls this week, so we'll see if I serve another transfer in Nakhodka (it would be my 4th transfer) or if I'll get to serve somewhere or with someone new. Hope you all have an awesome week!