Hermana Ashley Macfarlane ~ Arkansas Little Rock Mission ~ Spanish Speaking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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We pulled up next to the McDonald's the other day to use wifi and the lady stuck her head out the table and said "y'all lookin' for pokeman??" Haha. Funny.
We had some pretty fun stuff this week. We are currently on the Memphis side of the mission and we have half our clothes and food with us shoved into our carry ons! We visited the cutest sisters in Little Rock zone and also over here on the Memphis side! I'm not really sure what you want to know about my week. We had a good long drive over here and I tried fat Larry's barbecue for the first time. It's a restaurant that a member opened so he lets the missionaries eat free. Picture of ooey gooey BBQ nachos to follow.
I've had a lot of experiences learning to trust the spirit and God's timing. When we were in Otter Creek we went to contact a potential investigator who wasn't home. We are working on "tarrying in the area" or making every area meaningful, so we looked around for people and knocked a few doors. I felt good about leaving, like we had gave it a good effort when I looked down the street and saw a cute middle eastern family standing outside about to leave! We sped walked over to them and introduced them to Mormon missionaries for the first time. It was such a cool experience because I was ready to go but the spirit said no, and then they were like so interested in learning more about what we believe. Super cool.
So usually when we get to an area we kind of establish what the next few days will consist of and we set some goals and get a feel for the area and then we do an iPad audit. That night we have to make plans for two full days so it takes a good minute! We pray over the plans and then go at it the next day. We both split win one companion and then switch the next day and usually on Sundays we kind of rotate around. We talk about how their area is doing and how they are doing and it seems that usually they give the same answers for both. It's really been a neat experience seeing sisters we knew struggled before who are doing so much better now and sisters who were doing fine and now are doing great! Also it's cool to see how missionaries change even over three days. The Atonement covers it all and it doesn't have to take a long time.
I studied some of my Atonement chapters this week in Mosiah and Abinadi is one of my new favorite Book of Mormon heroes. Also president Wakolo is my new Mormon hero. His family has had a lot of losses just in the 2 1/2 years they have been here and they just keep plugging away and understanding the plan of salvation. They are amazing!! Also we met a lady from Iraq this week who speaks five languages and made us dolmas which is like yummy rice stuff wrapped in grape leaf.