Semana De Pie (Pie=foot, not food)
Well as the title of the email says, that about sums it up we did a ton of walking this week. This week was basically dedicated to finding. We work in an area called the "triangle" it is three big streets that intersect with a bunch of Hispanics and other people packed inside, it's a pretty big area! So we ended up doing a lot of door knocking this week, and found some really cool people. This week we should be able to go back to a lot of those houses and see some of the people. We have some appointments set up, so we are looking forward to those! Even though there wasn't a ton of immediate success this week, we know it's all part of the process and we're grateful for the great people that we did find!
One funny story from this week was we were walking down the street and decided to knock on a house that was Hispanic looking. We walk up to the front door and there were a bunch of chairs blocking the door so we walked down to the driveway to knock the side door. There was a window from the kitchen to the driveway and a Hispanic lady was looking out it. We say hi to her in Spanish and she respond "No Hablo espanol"(I don't speak Spanish) in perfect Spanish and she was clearly Hispanic. So we were like "de veras?" (really?) and she said "si." ha!ha! it's always funny to see what people will do to avoid talking with missionaries!
Oh and another story from the week. This is a great example of how the Lord will always provide, Even if it's not the way you are expecting! On Saturday Me and Elder Fortie had been walking for about 4 hours or so, and we were getting really hungry. We didn't really have anywhere to eat. We were hoping we could get in with the East Elders on their dinner at that time but it didn't work out. We were just walking and went to sit on a bench for a quick rest, and then I saw a can of peaches under the bench and jokingly said "hey we could eat those for dinner". Not knowing they were sealed or anything. But the can was perfectly sealed so we decided to try and open them on the fence post. After a few minutes of Elder Fortie prying it open on the fence post, then we enjoyed some nice canned peaches!
As for the work we have been working with a less active family the Hudspeth's. Most the time we just talk to the husband, and he is super cool and had been having a strong desire to come back to church. A few weeks ago he came to church for the first time, I think it had been a while since he had come. And then this week he came again and brought his 2 kids as well! So that was super cool, and always great to see a less active come back and start receiving the blessings of attending church again. The wife has told us she will come, but she hasn't made it yet. So hopefully we can get her to come soon, and then the whole family will come together! Also we saw a less active Jose a few weeks back who used to be super active before I came. We talked to him, and he just needed a ride and wanted to come back to church again. So we found him a ride who is actually an investigator of the East Elders, who is super awesome. He is basically a member, but just needs to get married. But we hadn't plan to see Jose Gonzales that night, but it just worked out that way and he has been active every since! But other than that all is well over here in Memphis!
Thank you so much for the email and for all of your updates! I love you lots and I hope you have a great week!