Happy new year! I can't believe it is already 2015 and that I am almost at my half way mark!! Crazy! Well this week was pretty interesting! I am really learning to be patient and not become so frustrated with this weather. It has officially snowed for real this time where the snow actually stays and the wind has started to settle in as well. This last week was probably the hardest time on my mission. The temperature started to drop like crazy and we had no more miles for the month. Those last 3 days of December seemed to drag on forever as we started walking to places and as no one would seem to be home. We prayed A LOT! Sometimes for that the Zone Leaders would call us back from 3 days ago so they could give us a little bit more miles for the last few days, but other times we would just pray that people would let us in so we could be inside somewhere. Most of our progressing investigators were in Lake Geneva and that is about 15 minutes away driving on the freeway. So we accepted the fact that we were stuck in Elkhorn for the next 3 days ( Don't worry, we do live in Elkhorn so we were able to get home safe every night). We decided to start contacting former investigators in Elkhorn since none of the investigators in Elkhorn were available. We called most of them so that we could be inside. A few were pretty receptive and we were able to get return appointments. It didn't help that it was New Years Eve also. But we got through it. I don't know how, but we did! On news years day we got miles again and headed to Lake Geneva. We had an awesome lesson with one of our investigators, Rueban. He and his wife have 5 kids and they all are very nice. I can tell Rueban really wants what is best for his children and he seems pretty interested in this amazing gospel. We taught him the Restoration and invited him to come to church. We also asked him if he were to come to know this church was true would he be baptized and he said yes! We are hoping to continue to work with him and start working with his family as well. There is a small language barrier so we hope we can get through to him even though we both speak poor Spanish. Him and his wife, Jackie, also switch off working so it is hard to teach them when they are both home. Please pray for this awesome family that they will be able to be taught all together and that we can get them all to church! I know they will love it so much. It is just what they need.
On Saturday, we went over to one of my favorite less active's house. Her name is Liz and she lives with her boyfriend, Jason. Her and Jason have a daughter, Emi (2), together and she has a son, Ethan (11), from her previous marriage. Jason is an investigator so we are pretty much working on this whole family. They are awesome though and we love going over there. Liz works at McDonald's and told us about how she stood up for her religion one day at work. We were so proud of her because she has really been progressing since I got here. A few days before, we had shown all of them the full length Restoration movie that is like an hour long and I think it really opened up Liz's eyes about what Mormons have all gone through and I can see her really gaining a testimony about how the church is true. She always will say how if it wasn't true then it would have been destroyed a long time ago. Ya! She is finally getting it and its so awesome to see. Her and Jason do obviously have other things they need to work on as well, but I love to see people really change and become better people!
This week is going to be awesome as well! Sorry for no pictures this time! I promise I do have some, I just forgot the camera cord today so next week. :) I love you all!
Have a great week!
Love Sister Emily Sarah Eaton