Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Week 44: A Roller Coaster Week

Hey Everyone!

Well honestly, it's been a pretty crazy week here in Jupiter South (which actually covers Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, North Palm Beach and Juno Beach...yup big area). Lots of stuff has gone down. But before anything I have to share this super awesome miracle that happened Saturday night! We pretty much witnessed a modern day Good Samaritan miracle.

So my bike is definitely starting to see some wear and tear from riding it around 10-15 miles a day. Well Saturday night I got a flat tire that was not patcheable because the valve/stem ripped right off of the bike tube. This was a huge problem because we had planned to go to an area very far away and most of the bike shops would be closed by the time that we could walk to them. Plus it had already been a bit of a stressful day, and so I was about ready to throw in the towel for the night as we were sitting on the sidewalk trying to figure out what to do.

Well next thing we know, this woman Mary pulls up next to us and offers her patch kit. I politely declined explaining that the tube wasn't repairable. Well then she asked if she could take us to K Mart to buy what we needed which we politely declined given that we can't be alone anywhere with someone of the opposite sex. So she ended up continuing on her way, and we continued to try to figure out what we were going to do.

Five minutes later she pulled up again and insisted on helping us. So she let me borrow her husband's bike for the night and told me to leave my bike at her house and that her husband would fix it--just out of the blue to complete strangers. Can you believe that? I sure can't. We thanked her as much as we could and she said not to worry about it adding, "You have a mission to accomplish."  I have no doubt was a reminder from Heavenly Father to never give up because "I have a mission to accomplish."

Then the next day we went back to swap out the bikes with a thank you card in hand, and they had purchased a new bike tube and put it in for me. Just the nicest people I've ever met. We, of course, brought the church into the conversation, and she told us that she's a very devout Catholic but that she respects what we do and that she knew we needed help and have a mission to accomplish. So that was very cool, a very real modern day miracle as far as I'm concerned!

That was definitely the highlight of the week, but there were also some other cool things that happened this week. We are getting the beginnings of a teaching pool with a family that I think I mentioned last week. Shannon is doing alright, given her Jehovah's Witness background; she has LOTS of questions! But we're doing our best to answer them and she has committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, so hopefully the Spirit can answer her questions a lot better than we can:) The only bad thing is that she didn't make it church because she was hungover... We even called her Saturday night to make sure everything was good to go. But hey, we haven't taught her the Word of Wisdom yet, so we'll bring that up and make sure that it doesn't happen again next week! She does seem like she has the sincere desire to find truth though so we'll see what happens moving forward.

We also have this super interesting member referral from two converts in Park City. They were baptized 3 years ago and have been working with their father that lives on Singer Island here to meet with the missionaries. Well he (John) finally agreed and so after a lot of craziness this week, we were finally able to go over and see him. He's got quite the story to say the least; he had a neck surgery go bad and so he is very disabled in a lot of ways. But he's willing to meet with the missionaries and the daughters think that if we take things slow and just love him and teach simply that he'll make the decision to join the church. He tried to tell us otherwise in the first visit, but they have hopes and given his situation, President Richardson has asked us to keep him updated, so with his counsel I think things will go the way they're supposed to!

Then we also had a late night Father's Day miracle. Elder Clark and I went to go follow up with Shannon which was a pretty long visit, and then after that we had planned to go knock some doors in an area where we found Suzanne and Darrell. Well, right as we were about to begin they were out on their porch again! So we went up and talked to them, and it turns out they had been talking about our invitation to baptism and the church and different things. Not only that, they fed us a wonderful meal and invited us to come back over when the kids will be there. This after we had lost any sort of contact with them. Pretty crazy right? It's still early, but I think this might be their time and I'm super excited!

Anyways that's all for this week. It was a difficult week but good things seem to be happening anyways so that's good! Have a great week everyone!

Love,
Elder Butterfield
e'rytime



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