Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 71 - I know this work is real

Hey everyone! We've been picking things up this week for sure!! Firstly, (is that a word)​ our car was towed out of the hole Thursday morning. After five days of being car-less we finally got it back! The road was too narrow so they actually had to bring a tiny tractor to come pull it out. Pretty embarrassing... but things are all okay now! :) Woohoo!!

Not a ton happened on New Years. We had dinner with a family but didn't stay super late or anything. We were pretty tired so we just went to bed at the usual time. It was a good day though!

This week we've been able to find a couple new people to teach! One of them is named Shirley, and she is actually the grandma of someone we've been teaching for a while now-- Kennedy! Kennedy lives in her house, and we just never got around to talking to her until this week. She is pretty cool and thinks very highly of us. She thinks it's awesome that we are willing to give up our time to do this. She is also going to start reading the Book of Mormon with Kennedy which will be awesome for their relationship. They don't always get along,  but this should really help them :)

The other people we found are Ben and Dana. They are a super nice Pentecostal couple! They are really active in their church but are still willing to have us over and to read! We will see if anything comes of it. They have their 10-year-old son enrolled in this program called Bible Quizzing, which Pentecostals apparently really like doing. It involves different competitions and by the end of the program, they basically know the Bible incredibly well. We asked him if he knew what James 1:5 said and he quoted it back to us perfectly... pretty impressive! Anyway they're super cool and we're excited to see what they think of the Book of Mormon :)

It's been a cool week! We are glad we finally have a car again. I can't believe it's 2016 already. 2015 was an awesome year and I have a feeling 2016 is going to be just as great :) I'm so excited for the future!! I know this work is real and that we really do have a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for us.

In about a week Elder Christiansen will most likely be taking off. I've enjoyed working with him and am excited to find out who I'll be getting next!!

Love ya!!

Love, Elder Hayes

Photo: the weekend we got stuck the amount of rain was apparently record-breaking for illinois. this isn't the road we got stuck on! and we also didn't drive across it, don't worry lol

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