So this week the sisters and I made up a biker gang. We took our car in the shop to get the bumper fixed and they weren't sure how long it would take. So we asked the office elders if we could get some bikes thinking it would only be a couple of days. We are still on bikes to this day. It's been a lot of fun though. I don't think there's any greater way to strengthen a companionship then to stick them on bikes. We've even got some great parables we have created from the whole experience.
We've been blessed in lots of ways from this awesome learning experience. Like we had pizza four nights in a row which gave us lots of fuel to ride. We had a built in air conditioner because it's been kind of chilly and we've had some really supportive members come with us to lessons. We've learned that Virginia is full of lots of hills but we've gotten really good at climbing them!
I think one of the biggest things we've accomplished while on bikes is being able to plan out our days more effectively. Usually our days would be from one end of our area to the other but that would be really hard on our bikes so we tried to focus on one specific area. It brought a ton of blessings!
One day we were in this neighborhood and everyone we had put in our schedule to see we ran into one way or another. We met a less active family who was super nice they invited us over for lunch this coming weekend. Also by being on bike, we were able to meet some really cool people that we wouldn’t have talked to being in our car. We didn't meet any new investigators but we planted a lot of seeds and made some really good friendships.
By Saturday we were kind of sad we hadn't found anyone to teach so we stepped up our game and prayed really hard that we would be in the right place to find the one person who was truly prepared. That day we went to a lesson and she wasn't home but her husband was and so we started talking to him. One of the many things I love in Preach My Gospel is how it says, "Teach when you find and find when you teach.” By doing that I have seen so many miracles and we have found some of the coolest people. Her husband had many questions and truly desired to learn more. It will be so cool because now we will have the chance to teach the whole family!
One big thing I have learned from my mission can now be related in an experience we had on our bikes the other night. We were riding home on the blacktop side walk. When we got to a point in the hill all of the cars ahead had there lights shining so we could not see where we were going. All we could see was the end destination. We had to trust that if we looked forward we would end up where we needed to go. As we kept pushing forward the coolest thing happened, the light turned green and the cars came closer to us lighting our path for just a short moment before it was dark again. As we all got to the corner we related to each other what we had learned from that. Each having a slightly different experience, we each learned something different. It reminded me of our missions so much.
We are each called to a different mission. Right where we need to be. Yet each missionary in a mission will have a tailored experience just for what they need. That night I was reminded of how I have been trying to trust in the Lord. Many times we can't exactly see what is right in front of us or what he intends for us. But we can see the end goal which is exaltation and eternal happiness. That is something I definitely want and I want that for everyone! The journey will be hard but the reward will be so great in the end.
I know that the message we share is one of hope and happiness that people truly want to understand more. On Saturday we got the chance to go to mass with our friends Matt and Mary. It was a really a symbolic experience that has truly shaped them into the people they are today. One of my favorite things about being a missionary is that we are never here to take away from anyone's faith. We just want to help them partake in the extraordinary gifts and blessings the Lord has in store for them.
I know that this gospel is true. I know that we truly can live with our Heavenly Father again. I know that this life is to prepare us to live with our Heavenly Father. He sent the most perfect guide into the world and he will never lead us astray! I am so grateful for the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that through him we can overcome anything!
I love you all.