this week. Hope you enjoy this haha.
It all began with our car having to be sent in to a repair shop last P-Day to get completely new parts due to past missionaries not taking it in for their car accidents. Elder Rhoads said it would be done by Thursday, but it's Monday...haha. So bikes became our best friend:) but we had so many lessons that we had to cancel some of them because of travel time. This area is huge! And our baptismal date family lives about 6 miles away haha so you can imagine traveling out there numerous times on our bikes. So with each circumstance, we found something to be grateful for about it. It was the ONLY way that would carry me through this week. For example, traveling to our investigator's home, while choosing to talk to everyone, we met some of the nicest people, more than usual plus we were biking off all of the candy and junk we would be eating
due to Halloween ha. So GRATEFUL.
On Thursday, we were about to do Facebook because we haven't been able to do it in literally a week..so busy!..but I felt like we needed to go to visit another family, instead of Facebook. We met a really nice man, gave him a Book of Mormon, then one of his friends came up to me and asked if I was planning on riding with a flat tire. Confused, I looked down and sure enough, it was unridable. At the moment of hardship, we were three miles from home and no members answering their phones. We decided to walk on with our bikes and continued to talk to everyone. Met a nice man who was willing to pump up the bike tire, and we still made it to the investigator's home and it was an answer to her prayer that we came. Whoa! After meeting with them, we went to another investigator's home who fed us dinner and afterwards, my tire was flat again. We were far from home. The tire tube was punctured that is why it kept going flat. I thought, is this a joke? No car, now no bike, no members answering, and its Thursday. Not even close to P-Day to get a new tire tube. Then I thought, Sister Jeromchek's bike was still at the apartment. She was my previous companion. So GRATEFUL! I have been able to ride her bike. God loves me. This is not the end of the story haha.
On Friday we were suppose to have the tradeoff where both of the Sister Training Leaders come to St. Augustine. So we planned a double day. Literally both companionships had set teaching appointments from 3-9. We just finished weekly planning about to do companionship inventory. An hour before we were suppose to have this tradeoff, the Sisters call us to cancel the tradeoff due to illness. And so this transfer we wouldn't get a tradeoff because it's over. For a moment, I thought are you serious?! Especially since we are on bikes. But, it all worked out, everything was taken care of. It was still going to be the best day ever. We were able to visit all of the people we needed to visit.
cherry on top for this week of adventures. He had just found out that night
that our building will not be opened until September 2015. That is a super long time.
I guess the point to all of this is that with each of these things, there was always a tender mercy granted and a blessing recognized because we made an effort to stay positive when circumstances seemed quite unbearable. It turned out to be probably my favorite week of my mission because of how much fun we had and learning to be grateful in a different degree when
literally every plan we had went down the garbage. It was the best! God has a different way of doing things and 110% of the time, His plan is always better. I was able to learn important lessons than I could not have otherwise learned if all of these things didn't happen. Most of all, to be grateful in ANY circumstance, not just some. There is always something to be grateful for in everything, even if it's a twig of positivity. In every moment, choose to find something to be grateful for, your happiness and joy will be increased. End.