On Monday, we went to a place called McCorrmick's Creek. It's a big state park type of place where we hiked. It was pretty great! And there was some good elevation! We walked near (and sometimes in) the creek water. Each companionship except one in our zone came along. There were a lot of little adventures along the way! We stopped at one point for the elders to attempt to catch crawdads. Not terribly successful, and not enough for dinner! We got to the real part of the hike to Wolf Cave which begins from the creek with a HUGE stair case. It took forever to get to the top! Eventually we got to the top and had about a half mile to the cave. It was less than expected when we reached it. So it's this big rock that has been eroded by water. There's enough space to walk through from one side to the other. Of course we went through! It was pretty terrifying. We didn't bring flashlights, so we were completely in the dark... Let me tell ya, this will be one of those experiences I use in talks in the future!!
The biggest miracles of this week are from Naser, our investigator, and Michael, a member we are working with! First of all, we are working with Michael. He is working through a lot of stuff. He trusts us a lot. It's really hard to see those you love suffer. He was able to receive a blessing a few nights ago and I think it touched him. He is so sweet and has a big heart. He can use all the prayers he can get though!
Naser is our neighbor. He stopped us and asked if we were Mormons. We said yes and he said he wants to learn more about our church. A friend of a friend of his referred him to our church. So we got his information and invited him to the institute opening social! We walked with him. I think he had a good time! It was a big group of people but he talked to several people! It was great. Due to questions he asked, we discussed our concept of God and how he is our Father in Heaven. It was a concept he didn't know about prior but said he liked it. We gave him a Restoration pamphlet and set an appointment for the following day. He had read some of it! So we taught him some of it and answered questions he had. We invited him to play volleyball with some members and investigators last night. It was great! We are really excited about him! He is so sincere! Pray for him too!!
I want to say that I have the best companion! I can't imagine being in Bloomington without her. She is so inspired. All the trials we have gone through this transfer are more bearable because she is amazing. She carries the spirit so strongly! I also know that Heavenly Father has been with us through this transfer and every other day. We are so blessed to have a Father who never leaves our side. We can be strengthened and supported by Him. He loves each of us. And his grace is sufficient for every shortcoming which befall us. The popular verse in John 3:16-17 says it all. Christ came for us, for all the little people to gather around him.
God loves you. Christ loves you. And I love you.
1. Me and Porter
2-3. Crawdad catching