Great news! We are moving into our area in two weeks. We don't have to drive 25 minutes to get to Fleming Island anymore. This is the best thing ever!
Oh the joys of the bike adventures we have had so far this week! I never thought that I would ever ride a bike in a skirt, but it's not that different! I bought a green beach cruiser and Sister Call got an orange beach cruiser. They are the cutest bikes and definitely stand out when they are together. I will have to attach a picture for you all to see next week. I am thrilled to be riding a bike because not only have I missed it, but there are so many more people we are talking to because of how active the community is. Especially during the summer. For example: we were riding our bikes to a member's home and on the way we see this man walking his dog. He moved off the sidewalk because he saw we were coming and when we biked to where he was, he was taken by surprise because we stopped next to him. By the end of our conversation, he had a Book of Mormon to take home with him. Miracles happen when you talk to everyone. As missionaries, when you don't talk to everyone, it's like we're not giving them the opportunity to accept a wonderful message.
Riding bikes has definitely been a learning experience for sure. In the aspect of knowing how long it takes to bike somewhere, biking in the rain, as well as putting bike chains back on their tracks-that was a fun experience. We have been drenched two of the days this week. Sometimes you look at the sky and think, 'oh it's not going to rain'. Then two hours later you start ringing the water out of your clothes. Then the sun comes out and all of a sudden, you're dry. Little did we know that one of the days where the thunderstorm was heavy, we were in the lightening magnet neighborhood of Fleming Island. While standing under a member's garage during this storm, she was explaining that almost every single one of her neighbors homes across the street or right next to her have been struck by lightning. Metal bikes + lightening = no good. The lightening is beautiful though. I never thought there was such thing as bright pink lightening until I came to Florida.
Miracle of the week:
We have a visiting teaching route. It's basically a list of sisters in the ward that we are able to visit with at least once a month. It is the best! We were trying to visit a sister, but she must have not been home so we were about to get in the car to go to a dinner appointment. But that just didn't feel right to me. We looked around at the homes and saw this home with the garage open along with a car with its' doors open. We said let's try that home and two more right beside it. So we go up to this home and this cute mom comes out. We went up to her to see if she needed any help with anything and she started crying. I gave her a hug. She said that her husband is in England until they move out there, she has no friends or family around to talk to, her son just threw up all over the car, and her 9 month old was still strapped in his car seat. She said that she had been needing someone to talk to all day and then the two of us Sister Missionaries showed up in front of her driveway here to talk with her. She allowed us to help carry in her groceries into her house and she started asking questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are meeting with her on Wednesday. Please pray for her! Her name is Kara.
I have been thinking about this scripture in the Book of Mormon lately as I have been studying. "And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness." 2 Nephi 5:27 I love this scripture. True happiness comes when we are trying to do our best; and trying to live more like the Savior. When we try our best sincerely, we are always blessed.
I must mention something about family history because of how neat it is. Don't forget to join in on the 'Worldwide Indexing Event' happening on July 20-21. Don't miss out! You are all invited!
If you ever see Missionaries on their bikes or walking, make sure you wave to them! It will make their day.
Love, Sister McCook