The weather in New York is not too hot, usually it’s between 45-80 the past two weeks but it always feels hotter because it’s so humid. Sometimes the weather is bipolar like Utah, but I think Utah still wins!
On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning…
We had another Sister with us. On Tuesday we all met at the Lake Placid meeting house (Us, the Plattsburgh Sisters and the Norwood Sisters, all the sister in our zone) to start our exchange. Well the Norwood Sisters were really fascinated about our church building, because it is so small. As they discovered it they found the font, well they wanted to see the font so we opened it up for them to see, and we found 13 spiders crawling around. It was gross! So obviously, we took pictures. Then an Elder came to the rescue and smashed all of them. I’m glad we found it then and not later.
Nothing to exciting happened. We had a few lessons, we did service, and we went tracting. It was really fun because it was like having a sleepover.
One day we were outside, my companion was writing in her Book of Mormon so we could give it to someone. As we were waiting for my companion to finish, we saw a guy fall down. There were a lot of trees in between us and the guy who fell down, and he was quite a bit away from us so we couldn’t run down to help him. He got up pretty fast and went on his way. The exchange Sister was concerned for him so she shouted down to the man and asked if he was okay. He said he was, but now he’s embarrassed because we saw him fall.
Also when we went to one of the soup kitchens we go to, my companion was serving some soup and a little girl came up and asked what it was. She told her what it was and said “It’s good I think,” And the little girl responded and said, “Don’t trust people that say I think,” I thought it was funny!
During our exchange we have been trying to use The Book of Mormon more and share the importance of it. We’ve challenged a few people to read it. I hope they do!
We had ZTM (Zone Training Meeting). It was about teaching skills and how we teach better. I learned a lot from the meeting and I feel like I have already been able to use what I learned from ZTM. I am very grateful for it. I also gave the opening prayer, and I spoke loud and confidently. My companion even noticed!
AT ZTM we did a fun role play:
Two companionships got together. Two missionaries were the missionaries, one was the investigator and one was the observer. We were given a paper that told us what our investigator’s name was, and a little bit about him and that we were going to teach the Law of Chastity. So we started teaching. It was a little awkward at first because we were teaching the Law of Chastity, however, the investigator totally changed what we were talking about. I have to admit, I was a little frustrated because he was changing the lesson. Little did we know, the objective of the investigator was completely different for that lesson we were teaching. The investigator wanted to know why there were so many different churches. We did the role play a second time. This time my perspective was a little different, I wasn’t focused on teaching just the Law of Chastity, I was focused on the needs of the investigator, because of this the spirit was able to be present during the lesson. We were willing to change directed if the spirit directed us to. It was a great exercise!
This week we ran into two people (random people that I don’t even know) who have asked me why I don’t say much. So I guess I need to talk more when we meet random people. Sometimes it hard because I just don’t have anything to say. So I guess I need to find something to say. 🙂
We taught Gospel Principles. I can definitely see a different in our teaching skill since ZTM on Friday. We were able to be more balanced. It wasn’t just my companion giving the lesson, it was both of us.
This week, we picked up a new investigator! She was taught by the missionaries before. She lives up the street from us and we saw her out cleaning her windows so we talked with her. We stressed the importance of praying and reading The Book of Mormon. She is very sweet and she likes to write poetry too.