Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rain, Rain, and what was that?? Oh ya - MORE RAIN!!!

How are y'all doing?? It's been SO great getting letters and e-mails from those of you who have written me in the past week or two! So thank you SO much for that! It really DOES mean THE WORLD to me to hear from you all!!! :-)
This past week has been a bit of a roller-coaster with investigators, but overall, it's been SO good! Mondaywe were supposed to see Reacha, but she cancelled on us, yet again. Later in the week we saw her niece, Sabrina, who told us that she wants to start meeting with us again, so we made an appointment with her forSunday at 2:00 pm. We went there and she wasn't there. However, Reacha was there, but they were busy getting ready for a birthday party for Reacha's grand-daughter... I'm starting to feel like Reacha and Sabrina are just playing us and they don't really wanna see us, so we might need to stop visiting them - at least until they finally make up their minds. However, on the bright side, we have a new investigator as of Friday! Her name's Stephanie and she's SUPER funny and awesome! We met her street contacting a couple of weeks before and I really do feel like she's been made SO prepared to hear the gospel now! She accepted the soft baptism invite and we have a return appointment with her!
Tuesday we had District Meeting, then later we saw our Athiest friend, Nan, for a little bit.
Wednesday we had dinner with a sweet member of our ward named Amanda, and the food was really good! However, even more memorable than the food was this guy who we met right before we went into Amanda's apartment complex! We talked to him and he was really nice and seemed genuinely interested in learning more about the gospel and we gave him our card and a Book of Mormon and got a return appointment with him forTHIS THURSDAY!!! Now I'm just praying that it doesn't fall through and we actually meet with him!
Thursday was an interesting day! First we went to the Potomac (the local nursing home) and read in the Book of Mormon with one of our recent converts in our ward named Alma. She's a super spunky, funny elderly black woman. Although she can be pretty bossy, she is hilarious and really a sweet heart and I love her! :-) Anyways, later Thursday night when we were getting ready for bed, one of our former investigators named Huget drunk-dialed us. It was pretty funny, actually. She was going on and on about how much she loves Sister Woodbury! ...As for Sister Orrock, I got nothin' but a "Sister Orrock! So nice to hear your voice! I've missed you!" And that's nice, too. But she just kept on saying things like, "Sister Woodbury! I've missed you, baby! I love you!" ...I wonder if she misses us enough to obey the word of wisdom and listen to our message? Haha. But seriously, though. She's a nice lady, but I never knew how much she loved us until that moment. It could just be the alcohol talking, but I'll take it as she meant it. :-)
Friday we had another lesson with Wu Biao and he is doing AMAZING, as usual! He's keeping all of the committments we give him and he's still on date to be baptized on June 22!!! YAY!!! Friday was also the day that we had our lesson with Stephanie, which I already kinda told you about. But really though, I LOVE HER!!! She's probably in her mid-forties and she is SO crazy and spunky and HILARIOUS!!! We just laugh together! Personality-wise, she kinda reminds me of a cross between Tammy Hall and my BFF Heather Lindsay! So, yes. We get along WONDERFULLY!!! :-) It also rained a bit on Friday. I'm pretty sure that it's been raining at least a little bit almost every day this past week. I hear it rains a LOT in June. It must be the humidity or something. But ya. They weren't kidding about the rain here. It was POURING earlier today. But don't worry - about two hours or so later, it was bright and hot and sunny outside.
Saturday I went on a mini exchange for a few hours with Sister Schooley - a BRAND NEW missionary who's only been out about a week and a half, while Sister Woodbury and her old companion, Sister Olson, went to meet with an investigator who was supposedly in our area, but Sister Olson and her companion found him. So anyways, the exchange was really good! I learned A LOT about training and I think I'll be ok if I'm asked to train next transfer! :-)
Sunday (yesterday) was interesting, to say the least. We street contacted most of the night from about 6:00 to 9:00, and we met A LOT of new people, and got a TON of AR's, however, unfortunately most of them ended up being straight up R's. Yep. REJECTED. That's fine. The funny thing - and I guess good thing - is that even though we kept on being rejected, I wasn't sad or mad or even really frustrated. In fact, I was HAPPY. Why was I happy, you may ask? Because I felt GOOD. I felt like I had put forth all of the effort that I possibly could to give them the message of the gospel in the 30 to 60 seconds that I had, and I testified and shared my testimony and put my whole heart and soul into it. So I figured - if I'm just getting rejected tonight, it doesn't really matter cause I felt REALLY good about the effort I had put in. Do your best and God will take care of the rest!
The work is moving forward! I LOVE this gospel and I LOVE LOVE LOVE missionary work and being a missionary!!!
Read D&C 133 - specifically verses 5, 14&15, 37, 52, and 62 are some of my favorites! I love you all! Have a wonderful week! :-)
Love always,
Sister Aubrie Orrock

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