To start off... We have an awesome new investigator! His name is Ling Lin. His American name is Hayden. He was a referral from the missionaries in the DC South Mission. He was learning English from them and they taught him the Restoration. He moved here for a job, and so we get to teach him! We met him on Friday, committed him to church, and he came! It was so awesome! It was so amazing to see everyone in the ward reach out to him. We have a member who served in Taiwan, and so he speaks Mandarin, which is Lings native language. The member, Brother Poulter, reached out to him and took him under his wing for all of church. He invited Ling to play basketball on Wednesday. Yay for fellowship! Sunday night we had a lesson with him and Brother Poulter at Lings house. We couldn't go inside, so we had to sit out in the cold and mosquitoes. Such a powerful lesson! Brother Poulter pretty much got to relive his mission. When teaching someone without a Christian background, it is almost pointless to go straight into the Restoration. We (AKA Brother Poulter) taught simply about prayer, God and Jesus Christ. Ling seemed to understand it pretty well. It was a blessing to have Brother Poulter there to translate a few words he wasn't familiar with. We have another lesson set for next Sunday at Brother Poulter's house, and Ling is coming to church again! I am so excited to see his faith increase.
We had Mission Leadership Council (MLC) this week. My first one! It was a lot of fun to see some of my missionaries friends! Also I just love President and Sister Welch. They are so hilarious. We just laughed a lot during MLC. We had a few serious moments too ;) It was a really uplifting experience.
What a busy week! We even had interviews. Got to see President and Sister Welch a lot. Interviews are always fantastic! They aren't as long as they used to be. We don't do area books or planner checks, and we don't do role plays anymore. Just get your 2 interviews and leave! So much more efficient. President Welch and I talked about school, and where I should go... still trying to decide. President Welch always relates things back to marriage. So we talked about how I'm going to find my husband. It was a good time.
To end the week we went on exchanges too! I stayed in Little Miami with Sister Carlisle. We had a good and busy day. We spent the day in Morrow, like I usually do on exchanges. I got hit on by an investigator who we have met once. Sometimes its bad to give your phone number to people. Oi Vey. The guy is even married! People nowadays. On Sunday we had another investigator admit that he was attracted to us and wants to hang out after our missions. Awkward!
On Sunday we got to see a recent convert, Matt, receive the Melchizedek Priesthood! He was baptized about 6 months ago and is preparing to go on a mission. That day after church he came teaching with us too! So precious.
This was an eventful week! I loved every minute of it. This is the last week of the transfer, and I am hoping to stay with Sister Baker in Little Miami.
Love you all!