"All you need is a light jacket!"--Miss Congeniality
We were able to get back in contact with John! We gave him a tour of the church building and have had two lessons with him. He seriously just wants to change his life. He's reading and praying and accepted a baptism date of May 16th, but he didn't come to church because he felt underdressed. He has an amazing fellowshipper though; our assistant ward mission leader, Ryan, is helping him so much. It's like they're brothers. Ryan went to pick him up for church and stayed for half an hour trying to convince him that it was ok if he didn't have a shirt and tie. "But you're all suited-and-booted!" says John about Ryan. Well, next week Ryan is bringing an extra white shirt and even putting jeans and a t shirt in his car so that, if need be, he can dress down to make John feel more comfortable. Haha :) It makes a world of a difference for an investigator to have fellowship like that. They may never progress without that crucial support.
We met a girl named Brissa this week who's absolutely amazing. She started being taught by some family ward elders and they passed her off to us. Apparently they took her to the temple and she cried as she felt the Spirit there. All of sacrament meeting yesterday was about the temple and family history work so she loved it. She's in the National Guard and leaves for Hawaii in a few weeks, but she will be baptized in June when she gets back.
We are still teaching Patrick and just pouring our hearts and souls into teaching him. He's still struggling to recognize his answer as to whether these things are true. Sis Koyle and I both feel strongly that he won't get an answer until he comes to church. He's military police so it's hard to get work off but he said he's coming next Sunday. We love him so much.
There's also Britany, Alfonso, and Kenneth that we were able to begin teaching this week. Kenneth is really interested but has difficulty getting work off for church, because his one other coworker is very religious and always asks for Sundays off. So one of them needs to be there. We promised him that if he prays and truly makes it the highest priority, Heavenly Father will provide him a way to come to church.
Ooh, really cool story: We taught a guy named Derr (Dare) this week who is a professional dancer! Sister Koyle was overjoyed. He dances for Cirque du Sole (sp?) in the Beatles show and used to be the lizard in... I think Ka? Can't remember. But the really cool part is that he was in the top 14 of So You Think You Can Dance. He was really interested at first but politely texted us and dropped us which was sad, but... still cool. Someday he'll be ready.
Sis Koyle was sick on Saturday and a member texted and asked if she needed anything. She said she would love a can of tomato soup. We got a knock on the door and our member was standing there with a week's worth of groceries... and LOTS of tomato soup. It was the sweetest thing ever! We stacked it all up and took a picture of it :)
Love you all,Sister Browning