Okay this last week was awesome! I will start from the beginning:
When I got to this sector, we had 2 families progressing. The mission standard of excellence is 10.
Our 2 families were progressing really well, but they were all that we had and we didn't have a very long list of other people we could visit. It was a bit of a hard transfer, walking around in circles and knocking the same doors over and over again that never opened, and by the end we only had 3 families progressing. Better, but we were still short.
The next transfer I got a new comp and we decided to break the bad habits of the previous sisters and start knocking doors in other neighborhoods. We knocked quite a bit for the first few weeks, but without a lot of success. We felt that no one was ever going to let us in the door, so slowly we went back to knocking the same doors as before that still never opened.
I knew there were people in our sector that were prepared, there always are, but we weren't finding them. I decided that we weren't finding them, because they weren't in the places where we were looking. We needed to look a little harder, walk a little farther, be brave and talk to more people, and knock the giant houses that everyone has always been afraid to knock. We needed to do something different. So we did! I took my little trainee and told her we were going to find the people that the Lord has prepared, but that it was going to be hard. Our feet were gonna hurt, and our boots were going to get dirty. We fasted, we prayed, we walked, we knocked, we contacted, and I am happy to say that we ended this transfer with 6 new families and we met the standard of excellence of 10 families progressing.
This week was especially awesome. We found a neighborhood that I have never knocked before and we knocked every single door. It took about 2 hours, but we found 10 other families that were receptive and said that we could come back another day! A few days after that we went to another neighborhood that I haven't knocked much and found 4 other receptive families. I seriously have no idea where these people came from, or where they have been the last 4 months, but I am so happy that we found them!
I knew they were out there, we were just in the wrong places, or we weren't willing to go the extra mile, (literally because all of these people live super far away). But it was worth it! And it is going to be worth it because I know that at least one of these families will be baptized soon.
Many have said to me that this is one of those miracles that happens when someone is in the process of training and then after that the big miracles go away, and maybe that is part of it, but I don't think that its true. Any missionary who is willing to work hard and go the extra mile, to knock the doors that no one wants to knock, or contact people in the street even though they don't like to (like me...) is worthy of the same miracles as any other missionary whether they be in training, are leaders, or missionaries that have been out in the mission field for more than a year. Success is not limited, success is not conditional.
I am so excited for the work that we have ahead of us! It is going to be tough, but I know the Lord is right here along with us! This next transfer is going to be awesome and we are going to have a baptism!
Heres to the last 4 transfers of the mission! Lets go!