Monday, August 17, 2015

When words fail, music speaks! -- Week 17

Hey everyone!!!!

Sorry last week's email was so short! This week was so amazing. :) Sister Anthony is the biggest goofball ever. We have figured out our "groove" and we have so much fun with the work. We were having dinner with this little old lady named Sister S* yesterday and she said "You ladies are so much more fun than the elders! You guys just sing and are so cheerful about everything!" Hahaha I mean the elders are amazing and all....but.......they don't sing.

Speaking of singing, last week in sacrament meeting I gave a talk and accidentally told everyone over the pulpit that I am a music major, not really realizing what that would entail. Needless to say, I was asked to sing in sacrament meeting this week. And of course I did. It felt AMAZING. I got to sing a solo all by myself. A gorgeous hymn called 'Where Can I Turn for Peace' and I loved every second of it. Any excuse I have to practice piano/sing/etc. I take. :) But then the relief society president came up to me at the end and asked me if I would play all of the music for the Christmas program come December. Of course I said yes! But who knows if I will even still be here. Haha but at least it will give me an excuse to start practicing!

Anyhoo, what was I about to say...? I can't remember....

Oh yeah! Okay so Sister Anthony and I have started playing a game when we tract--we wait until we can hear the person coming to the door and then one of us picks a completely random word that the other has to use in the conversation with the person at the door. Haha it is so funny! We try squeezing these random words like carrot, superman, or sprinkling system into these contacts. It makes us laugh so hard and the people at the door are always way more open to hearing what we have to say. I love being a missionary because it has taught me so much about how to talk to people in any situation and how to care about anyone, even from the second I meet them. Plus it teaches you how to get along with anyone and work together. Life is so much easier when you are a team player! But when you are working as a team constantly, you have to be someone that is reliable too. So it teaches you to be a lot more aware of how your decisions effect other people. You learn to be more thoughtful of the other person. In the end, you realize that if the other person is happy, then you'll both be a lot happier so you work your hardest to take the load off the other person's shoulders. It's cool. :) I'm grateful for it.

We found a new investigator named A*. Haaha it was so funny. Usually Sister Anthony and I contact people using the restoration. But we were about to knock on this guys door and she said, "we should try using the word of wisdom" I was like hahaha okay? And he opened the door and sister Anthony just started talking. The whole time she was looking at me like, "what am I saying" but then the guy was just like, "yeah I found god and quit smoking and drinking and it changed my life. that totally makes sense." We were like ja;wrogijwRAG"GRpojrf;aow freaking out. Hahahahahaah so we ended up talking to him for like 45 min right there on his doorstep and made an appointment to go back and share our message with him. We went back last night and oh man, A* is so prepared! He just told story after story about his journey and life. He talked about doctrines that are unique to our church before we have even taught them and says,"he is searching for the truth." Well, A*, you have found it!!!!!

Ummm cool story from this week:

We went over to a members house. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has several little kids and is now undergoing chemo. She has lost all of her hair and so her kids are afraid of her. It's so sad! But anyway, we went over to see her and there was a little girl there and her mom who were hanging out with this lady and her children. It turned out that both of them were members as well but hadn't come to church in quite a while. The little girl was so excited to hear a message about Jesus! Her mom was upstairs sleeping when she opened up one of the pamphlets we have and pointed to a picture at the back. She said, "my mommy and I used to go there (talking about a picture of church). Why don't we go anymore?" At the end, we gave all of the little kids bouncy balls (Sister Anthony and I always carry a ton to give to the kids and to bounce around while we tract) and they just loved them! Anyway, a couple days later at church, the whole family showed up. But guess who else came too?? The little girl and her mom! They hadn't been in such a long time but had finally come again. The little girl had asked her mom if they could come! And there they were.

Well, I love you all!

Special thanks to my roommate Marianne and my brother Caelan this week for making my week. You guys know why. ;)

Also, special thanks to my mom and dad. I love you so much!


Sister Osman

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