Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Found a hidden city

This week has been interesting that's for sure! We invited a lot of less actives to all the programs we had! We had a ton of lessons with less actives! I used to be scared of less actives but now I think it's fun :) I always prepare "come back to church lessons!" haha and I'll be honest I'm pretty bold. Normally I say ," So why don't you come to church anymore? Our ward isn't the same without you" And it's pretty great! We have had cool experiences where these nice elderly people open up and tell us!

This week was pretty rough for me! It was filled with so many ups and downs!  Investigators were dropping us like flies.. Or they would cancel right before we would come over because the holiday season is "too busy".  I literally had to get on my knees and pray to be motivated to finish out this week! But, because we were super obedient and kept working as hard as we could, despite all the insulting remarks I got about looking homely... (Sorry i have to go on a tangent... I remember watching pride and prejudice were they are talking about how Elizabeth was more homely than Jane... which in my mind is not a compliment... :( hah! So I'm working hard to not be homely like Elizabeth.. so that the people of California can see me more of a Jane haha!)  ANYWAY! We found some great new investigators! 

One man who we testified of the Book of Mormon to, and he was determined to read it! SO.. we will see this week how that went!  THEN! After a long hard day we had 5 minutes left I'll be honest, I wanted to just go inside, but my companion insisted we stay outside our apartment, because we had to talk to  more people, and yup she was right, we found a lady walking her dog! And now we are teaching her family! So that's exciting!!  

I have found that the people here are pretty strange especially at Christmas time... everyone puts garland on their statues in their front yards haha! Or they put Christmas trees on their roof! Its pretty weird.  And, when investigators don't want you to come back they don't call you or text you or talk to you in person, they tape a paper to their door and explain why they aren't interested and tell us to go away.  NO worries, I always leave a Book of Mormon and a witty response.

ME and my companion nearly DIED!!! We were on this  2 lane highway and we were in the turning lane. Well the oncoming lane was completely clear so we were about to turn, well my companion wouldn't turn forever! It was actually pretty weird! When all of the sudden, a car from our lane going umm really fast went to pass some cars, and didn't see us in the turning lane. So he had to go clear into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass us! If we would have turned, he would have NAILED us! And then he almost hit people in the oncoming lane!  I know we were being watched over.. and my companion didn't turn for a reason.  :)

So we were lost n the hills of California, trying to find a potential investigator, when we ran into this cute town called Kingsgrove! Which wasn't on our map!  So we found... a hidden city! We are excited to knock it :) 

This week was pretty crazy but we saw so many miracles :) I'm excited for this next week and see what we have in store for us! OH! Blake's older brother asked me what I wanted him to get me for Christmas, and I told him to get baptized! So I'll keep you updated on if he fulfills my Christmas wish :) OH and the Zone Leader's want me to sing in the Christmas devotional... HAHAHAHAH!!!!!! Yeah that will be interesting...

 I got your package mom :) I LOVE IT! its such a great way to start off my studies in the morning!! 

Love you all! -Sister Collings

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