-----Preaching the Gospel in the New York New York South Mission-----
Monday, August 4, 2014
Slumber Party & Cookie Dough
Hi fam! (And anyone else who reads this) This is long by the way..... There's just so much to tell!
Shout out to my cousin Megee for getting a call to BUDAPEST. what the flip. I look at my email on Wednesday and see an email that says "IM GOING TO BUDAPEST HUNGARY." Lol I didn't even know Megee was expecting her call..... But I'm so stoked to have another Sister Layton joining Molli and I in the field! (And yes we are allowed to open our emails everyday with our iPads.)
Pops, to answer the questions you emailed me.... -working with the zone --Ok, so I see everyone in my zone at least once a day if not more. Whether it be passing on the street, in zone finding activities, at the church, or on the bus. There are 14 missionaries in the zone and we all cover the same area. The area isn't too big, it's pretty small, and since we are all walking, it's not uncommon to see fellow missionaries across the street. It's awesomeeeeee. We call ourselves #zone4everchanged. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday we meet at the church for what we call an elliptical. An elliptical is a finding activity where we set out to talk to as many people as we can and get as many contacts as possible in 1-2 hours. Each companionship takes a turn planning the activity. --Examples of ellipticals: singing hymns at the metro stop, lemonade stands, trash pick-up, shoe shine(which we do every friday,) Book of Mormon placing, chalking the plan of salvation at the park, family history stands, walking around holding signs with gospel related questions on them, etc. At the end of the elliptical we meet back at the church, share experiences, and exchange contact info. So if the elders find an interested female, they will give us her name/number/address... Or if we find someone who doesn't speak much English we will give them to the the Spanish missionaries... The same goes with YSA. We rarely get to keep the people we find. Of the 8 investigators we have right now, 4 of them came from other missionaries! --Oh we also do service as a zone every Saturday with a man named Dave. It's pretty cool I guess. He takes a lot of pictures and puts them on Facebook, so I'm sure you'll see them if we're friends. OH YEAH IM ON FB NOW IN CASE NOBODY NOTICED.
-how many formal sit down lessons are we teaching each day or week? --we honestly don't have a lot of formal sit down lessons. PEOPLE ARE SO BUSY. IDK WHY. that's what you get in New York I guess. We try and try and try but they are busy busy busy. This week we only had 3 lessons with investigators, but there was more than one investigator at each lesson. 3 is a pretty good number for us :)))) I was happy. New York is hard hahaha.
-do we have any serious investigators approaching baptism? --We have a few investigators who we can see getting baptized in September, but we haven't extended the baptismal invitation yet... I'm kinda scared because last time we invited someone to be baptized she gladly accepted, the spirit was soooo strong, and then 2 days later she fell off the face of the earth and blocked our calls. Bummer.
Other things of interest: On Friday we had a slumber partyyyyyy! I'm so stupid and locked us out of our pad. I didn't realize it until right when we were getting home at 9:30pm. By then it was too late to call our landlord because he lives far far away. So, after spending time climbing up and trying to open the window and asking our neighbors to help us pick the lock, our district leader told us to sleep with the YSA sisters. It was totally awesome. I love sleepovers. No worries, we were in bed by 10:30.
Lately we've been working with Nyomi and her daughters. Sister Board and I really struggle when it comes to teaching kids. I love children, but when it comes to teaching, it's so hard! Like hello, they did nottttt train us to teach families in the MTC. Anywho, we decided to make a system and chose to try object lessons! We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ through making cookie dough! It was so sweet, and they actually understood it. #success Teaching simply is the key! We decided we need more practice teaching families/children, so every Monday we are going to host FHE at a members home! It should be fab practice, we will be pro in no time.
This week my testimony of service has strengthened. About a month and a half ago we saw a man(Harry) and his daughter(Olivia) struggling to move furniture our of their car and into their apartment. We had plans, but felt promoted to stop and ask if we could help. They gladly accepted and we called the elders over because let's be honest, us sisters aren't that strong. As we waited for the elders we talked to Harry and Olivia for about 30 minutes and got to know them. Olivia was soooo sweet. After we helped Harry we kept randomly running into him, always having small talk and inviting him to learn more about our church. He always said "yeah, maybe," with no specific date. About 3 weeks later he called us and asked if we could help them move some more furniture, so we hurried over. Finally, this week Harry contacted us and said he wanted us to come teach him and his wife on Sunday. WHAT! Yayyyyy. As we talked on Sunday they told us that their daughter, Olivia, has been falling down a dark path and making bad choices. Harry told us that as we talked to Olivia last month she transformed.... The good came out of her, he saw light in her again. He saw the Olivia he used to know. He knew that we had something special about us. The spirit was so strong as we talked on Sunday. THEYRE SO PREPARED. I love it. Anywho. If we had never stopped to offer them help even though we were in a hurry, Harry never would have recognized us as servants of god, and we wouldn't be teaching them now! Sister Board and I pray every day that God will open our eyes to see unplanned service opportunities. I know our eyes really have opened. There are opportunities everywhere! Service softens hearts! Always be looking for those opportunities to serve!!!
We went to Brooklyn today, it was pretty sweeeeeet. I'm in love with New York and this beautiful work! Peacin out, -sister layton Pics: sis board and I teaching the children, and Brooklyn bridge! Sorry they're crappy quality. I don't have a cord to send the pics from my camera to my iPad.