Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I love change!

The most exciting thing that happened this week was the missionary schedule and key indicator changes. They changed up our morning schedule so its more relaxed and we can decide ourselves what to do. The council decided to give us more agency in deciding how we want our mornings to go. It's been a lot of fun to have a different schedule! They also took us from 9 key indicators down to 4. They have identified what the most important things to conversion are, and that's all that we report. Missionary work is a lot less stressful now, which is great :)

We almost got sucked into a Bible Bashing this week. I got really nervous because I try my hardest to avoid those... which I didn't used to, haha. They seemed really nice at first but then they started asking probing questions trying to get us to say the wrong thing so they could prove us wrong. Luckily, and of course, they couldn't get us with anything. We stayed pretty calm and politely answered questions. We did leave them on good terms by letting him rant to us about Donald Trump and how it is related to God. It was interesting to hear his point of view, and mostly his wife just sat there and listened to him rant. Once we were finally able to get out of there we went and had a great dinner with the Allred family, some members in the ward, and it made it all better.

Well, that is all for this week. Love you all!

Sister Fultz

Monday, January 23, 2017

We are pro at catching mice!

Hello Friends and Family!

This week Sister Winterton got attacked by an old woman at the nursing home where we do service. It was hilarious! We were playing with a parachute flapping it up and down with balloons in the middle and I guess the lady didn't like her for whatever reason. She started hitting her pretty brutally and then she grabbed her shirt and hair and pulled her. I was sitting on the other side of the room and I couldn't get to her, so I just had to watch. The nurse turned around and yelled "Martha! Let her go!". Martha had a pretty tight grip on her so it took a second to get her off. As she was getting wheeled away in her wheelchair, she pointed her finger really angrily at Sister Winterton. Later when we walked out I saw her and she said "Don't give him anymore" while pointing her angry finger at me. Then on Sunday morning we caught a mouse in one of the sticky traps that a member gave us, and then another Sunday night. That makes 4 total that we have caught in our house since Christmas. We need a cat! I hope we don't have anymore, but I have a feeling we do. We live in a members house and all there is under it is a crawl space. Our house is coordinator is coming over today to check it out, so we might end up moving!

Chris is still MIA. The other Sisters tracted his street and couldn't find him.

One of our investigators ended up in the hospital this week for attempted suicide. She's home now, which probably isn't the best. Her grandma told us to keep going back to help her. She is such a sweet girl with just a skewed thought process. I am praying a lot for her and hope we can help her.

The weather this week was so nice! It's been warmer and we don't have any snow. It's prime missionary work weather! Although I do wish there was some snow... but I hear Utah has a lot! I'm not sure I would want to missionary in that much snow. The past two winters in Ohio have been so mild, I am blessed!

Sure love you all!

Sister Fultz

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My first week in Eastgate

My first week in Eastgate was eventful!

My first full day we got a member referral for a man in the hospital where this member worked. We went and met him, his name is Chris. He took the lessons in California where he almost got baptized, but then he was attacked and stabbed (crazy, right?!). Then he lost contact with the missionaries. He since has moved to Ohio to be near the better hospitals to treat his lupus disease. We taught him the Restoration and gave him a new Book of Mormon. He remembers pretty much everything! It was so amazing to meet him. Since he has been discharged from the hospital, and we kind of lost him. He didn't give us his address, and he doesn't have his own phone. WE HAVE NO WAY OF CONTACTING THIS PREPARED AND ELECT MAN. We literally lost him. Oh my. I don't know what to do! He told us he lives on a street which is actually in Cherry Grove. I told the Sisters they just need to go tract that street so they can find him, haha. Pray that we find Chris!

The rest of the week was pretty slow. We are trying to find new people to teach. A lot of people will listen to us, but it's always a question of who will actually commit and do something about what we teach. Like this one guy, we shared the First Vision, and when we were done he said, "That's cool, can we wrap this up? I gotta go." I laughed right then and just didn't know what to say. Needless to say, we probably won't teach him much more.

We tried tracting this week. One of the doors we knocked on the guy looked at us and knew who we were. Once someone knows who you are, a rejection is coming. But there wasn't one! He wanted some "literature" to read. I guess we were amateurs and didn't have any on us. Awkward. He said he would talk to us more but he was....knitting. Priorities, right? We did manage to go by a few days later and give him a Book of Mormon. We are going to see him this week, so we will see what happens!

Today we went to a Jungle Jims with the Cherry Grove Sisters. It is pretty much the best store ever! They have all kinds of food from different places. It was so fun to just walk around and see the weird things they have.

Sister Fultz

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bye Cherry Grove!

I am getting moved to Eastgate, which is right next to Cherry Grove. I am still going to be in the Cincinnati East Stake, and in the same building :) Also I am not going to be a Sister Training Leader anymore, but Sister Lamb will be mine! I am excited to still be close to her. I am going to be with Sister Winterton who is from Salt Lake! She has been out for about 6 or 7 months now.

We had an interesting week... we were supposed to go and work Wilmington (Sister Malloys area) after district meeting on Wednesday. But... Sister Lamb locked the keys to the car in the trunk. So we were stranded at the church for a few hours. The office elders said they were going to come and give us the spare, then an hour later (when they said they would be there) they called and said we needed to get a member to give us a ride to get the key. So we got a member to give us a ride 45 minutes to Western Hills, and then 45 minutes back. Then after we got into our car we had to drive 45 minutes back to Western Hills to give back the spare and then ANOTHER 45 minutes back to our area. No work happened that day. We did manage to make it out to Wilmington on Friday.

This week we went to the farm and walked ponies! Literal ponies. They were so cute! We walked them in the snow, and so it was pretty freezing. It was fun anyway! The elders were there with us and we had a good photo shoot with them. I would send pictures, but Sister Lamb forgot her camera, haha.

I am about to go into my second to last transfer of my mission! It is crazy how fast time flies by. I am hoping that I can finish my mission in Eastgate, that would be the dream. I am sure I will! Eastgate has a lot of potential, and I am excited to be a tool in the Lord's hands to change the area. I love being the Lord's servant and the chance that I have to be changed by it.

Love you all!

Sister Fultz

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!

This week was rather uneventful. With it being the holidays no one really wanted to talk to us. Oh well!

We were able to meet an amazing part member family. The nonmember is from the Philippines and she has been in the states for a few months now. The member is her husband and they met online. Sister Lamb has been trying to meet them for a long time now, and we finally did! She has been learning a lot from him about the church. Sadly he is hesitant to have us over to teach, but we talked him into letting us come over just once a week. He seems pretty controlling of her, but we can work with it. We had an appointment for yesterday, but with it being New Years day its no surprise that they cancelled.

A couple weeks ago we got a call from the Sister Missionaries in the Colorado mission. They gave us a referral for a members boyfriend that live in our area. We tried calling him and he didn't answer. But the sisters called us again yesterday and said that he is ready for the gospel! We are so excited to try to see him again this week. The Sisters said that he even bought his daughter a dress for church! :)

So this week we get to be in another trio. Sister Malloy is serving in Wilmington and her companion goes home this week. Everyone going home this transfer is going home a week early in the transfer for school. Sister Malloy will get to be with us until transfers and we will be going to Wilmington 2 days this week to work. It's going to be a crazy busy week!

Hope you all had a happy and safe new year!
Love you all!

Sister Fultz