I don't have a whole lot of time to email this week, so I'll keep it to a bare bones minimum. Elder Petrucka and I saw a lot of success this week as we continued to follow up on people from the Book of Mormon Blitz. There was a lot of people who told us to come back in an hour or so, and when we did they had cleared out completely. By this point in my mission this doesn't even faze me, but Elder Petrucka, being fairly new, still didn't appreciate being stood up by so many people. It's a sad reality of missionary work that some people will appreciate what we do and others will do their best not to speak with us, whether they hide underneath their car, pretend to be busy on the phone, literally run into their homes in fear, or jump in their car and peel out (all of which I've seen on my mission). However, the people that listen to what we say and consider the doctrine taught by the restored church truly make it worth it, because we are able to see the joy of the gospel enter into their lives.
We did get a chance to see Ingrid and Ryan this week again. We probably won't ever see Stephany again, since she's moving to Houston, but we're confident that if she's able to find the LDS missionaries down there that she'll listen to them. Ingrid had been reading more in the Book of Mormon, and she's truly feeling the truth of it impressed upon her soul. When we spoke with them this week, she opened up to a verse that had particularly impacted her: Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. (Alma 40:11). It's incredible to see how just a simple verse testifying of the resurrection, life after death, and the premortal life can have such a huge impact on people. The Book of Mormon really was correct when it said that by small and simple things are great things come to pass.
Hope y'all have a great week!
P.S. Here's a picture of our mission at the worldwide missionary broadcast a few weeks ago