Wednesday, November 18, 2015

58 - Moving On

We have SO little time today. 

Only thirty minutes. 

Sad face. 


Because today has been crazy.

We moved everything to the Motel apartment! 

It's very homey now.

The members that manage the hotel (I will now call them Brother and Sister Manage) live in the door on the right and we live in the door on the left. 

That's the window by my study desk!

It's weird to think that on the other side of our beds is the big lettering of the name of the Motel. But hey, it's home 'suites' home.  ;-)

As far as the other apartment, we got all the stuff out of it, but we still need to clean it, which the relief society is helping us do at 2:00 today, which is why we have so little time.

The elders came and got all the furniture out and took it for themselves. 

Goodbye Handicap Accessible Bathroom
This house that they are/were living in is really run down. 

They are looking for other housing.

They left a big junk pile. 

We threw it all away. 

Except for me of course. 


Bismarck Ward List--For my Keepsakes
Exchanges with the Minot sisters were this week. 

It's cool because Sister Cleg came here to Williston, and she's served here before, so that was super cool for her, 

AND she just served in Bismarck in my same ward! 

So I had her bring me the ward list because I forgot to grab a copy of it before I left Bismarck. Yay tender mercies!

And at our dinner appointment they had a violin, and Sister Cleg just happens to know how to play the violin, even though the E string broke, 


But one of the crowning events of this week.
We've been teaching Goldin (intentional spelling), and she's just as excited about the gospel as always. Her not-even-husband though (she's not married to him but working on it) is not. He is Pentacostal. He is off Sundays, and he hasn't let her come to church. We stopped by before church and he said she was sleeping. We told him that it was a promise that she made to God to come to church and asked if he would help her keep that promise and just shake her awake to let her know. He wouldn't do it. He gave us her number for us to call and set up an appointment.

We called as soon as we got out of there. He answered. He said she wasn't up yet. How silly. Why did you answer the phone!? I will call him Sylver. She didn't come to church. But we had already set up a week before that we would drop by after church this week.
We came with our ward mission leader and his wife. Goldin was there. She let us in. Sylver walked past us in the hall. Goldin told us she didn't come to church because Sylver was very upset about it. She was sad and troubled.

"I'm Christian. I'm not baptized I know. But I know that I am Christian. And that is enough..."
See was so sad. Sylver called her. We asked if we could still meet with her.
"I don't know..."

After a bit we all knew that we wouldn't be able to see her again. ...I asked for a picture.

A picture truly does say a thousand words. She is so sad and tired. She was wiping away tears after the picture. Her kids have classic expressions that are so 'them." The four year old's name is a combination of her and Sylver's name and the two year old is named after her sister who died in her 30's in Africa. 

This picture was taken on the couch. She had just gotten a couch from her friend. She didn't have a couch until today. She always apologized for us having to sit on the floor. She always apologized for not having a couch...
We got to sit on it once at least.
We are praying for a miracle to happen with Sylver. A miracle similar to Alma the younger's experience perhaps.

"And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard‍ the prayers of his people, and also the prayers‍ of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed‍ with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge‍ of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince‍ thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers‍ of his servants might be answered according to their faith," (Mosiah 27:14).

...But the work goes on. We will continue to pray for her. The work is still great here in Williston.

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