Yup. The weather got to 89 degrees this week. That means, BIKING! We biked all over the place! My legs are getting stronger and stronger! Which is great because they were getting pretty weak ha-ha. Although the weather has cooled off a bit, it's still pretty warm and the flowers are already starting to blossom :) Spring in Maryland is GREAT! This week we found a new investigator named Lynda while biking :) We stopped to talk to her and she seemed really sad. As we talked, we learned that she had been going to a Catholic church for years; she was raised in that church, but 12 years ago she had three family members die from cancer within 5 months of each other, and she never found answers to her questions in church, so she stopped going. Her faith dwindled and she now struggles to believe that there even is a God. As we talked, we told her we had answers, that, though we're young, we have truth and we wanted to share that with her. She said, "why not?" and invited us back. As we taught her, she asked questions all the time and you could see the Spirit testifying to her heart that this is true. She wants to believe it! And she's willing to change her life around so she can be happy. And it's her willing heart that is going to change her life! I can't wait to see how she progresses!
This week we had a quick party after District meeting, which included pizza, root beer floats, and games. I love parties with missionaries :) I also hit my 9 month mark this week. Some missionaries do weird things like burn clothing... instead I took a picture of myself with a pregnant belly for my 9 month... either way, missionaries are weird.
We saw many miracles trying to get in contact with some less-actives this week and we have many appointments set up to teach this next week! I'm excited about those :)
Sister Larsen's Dad was in D.C. for a business trip and we got permission to go to dinner with him! That made Sister Larsen pretty happy! (Don't get any ideas, Mom). We were treated to Panera's, our favorite :) He's a cool guy :) And while we were there, two people sitting across from us kept looking over at us and commenting about the light that they saw in us. As we were walking out, they stopped and talked to us. People notice our light! It's not just something missionaries have. Everyone who lives the gospel has it! They noticed, a young boy noticed (children notice it a lot; I love it!), some less-actives noticed it, and an older man on the street stopped to ask us why we were always so happy. Whether you think so or not, you are being noticed. Think about the image you send to people. Do they see light? Can they see Christ in your countenance? If they can, that's how you can share the gospel. Think about that.
Funny quote of the week: "I know I have a bible around here somewhere... I'm not always a sinner..." ha-ha, I love these people out here!
Oh, and guess who came to visit me in Odenton this week! The Haddoxes! Oh how I love them. If you see me tagged in a video eating Octopus on Facebook, ignore it. Nobody needs to see that. ha-ha, I love them. And Brother Haddox helped me realize that I actually like eel now; my Dad would be so proud (but I'll stay away from the Octopus from now on...).
So, this week the church came out with a new Easter video!! Go see it right now! followhim.mormon.org It's amazing! And Share it on social media! Share it like crazy! People need the message we have! Do it :) You'll love it :) Christ rose again the third day. He literally broke the bands of death. Because of Him, death has no sting. We have hope. He will be your Mediator to the Father. He is your partner. And with Him, you will never lose. The church is so true! Don't ever take for granted the knowledge you have. I love you all so much and I'm so grateful to be here right now. Thank you for your examples and your prayers and your love. I feel them. I wouldn't be able to do this work without Divine help, so thank you.
Scripture of the Week: 2 Nephi 31:20
Quote of the Week: "I have discovered that the Lord's 'no's' are merely prelude to an even greater 'yes'" - Patricia Holland