Another week has come and gone and I'm still pressing forward. It's a little harder now with only the one ward especially because it had less investigators than the other ward. Anyway, it's a nicer area of town so people aren't so keen to listen (or be outside for that matter). The key for this ward is going to be the members but the members haven't completely grasped that yet. We're still nudging them along though and eventually they will see how important they are and things will pick up.
As for events of this week, we will start on Monday, just after we emailed. We had a member take us to Costco, and we were very excited. That is, until I realized it was the end of the month, and I had not but $17. That does not afford many purchases in a Costco. We went about, and I selected essentials that I needed. Realizing I had roughly $12 left to spend I was excited upon finding a box with a cost of $11 which contained 66 beef taquitos. This of course would have lasted me over a month. I was content with this choice until I made a new discovery a few minutes later; a 5 lb. tub of Tollhouse Cookie dough (for $3 less). A great battle ensued within my heart and mind as is to be expected.
And I've had fresh baked cookies every night since.
On a similar note, Elder Harris had to buy milk, but they only came in packs of 2 gallons. He alone was to drink this milk. And it is no more. Two gallons were consumed in under one week. That's just impressive. (This isn't the only reason for the title of this week’s email)
We brought a member with us to a lesson for the first time. It was with a man that had decided to be baptized on August 17th (he since has decided not to, and I'll let you know how that pans out over the future weeks). We knocked on the door and his 4 year old daughter answered. She proceeded to tell us that her dad wasn't there and neither was her mom, and she wouldn't tell them we had dropped by or ask them to call us suffixing (that's probably not a word) every answer with "you doofs". She then goes inside telling us to leave. Before I could shut the door all the way, she returned with a plastic mixing spoon with which she began to beat at my legs. This kind of behavior from her is expected from past experience but the specifics of her actions are always surprising. (Examples of past encounters: screamed at, called garbage, legs clawed at, punched in crotch, kicked, etc.) As we began to leave she called out that she would go get her dad because he was actually there "you doofs". Later, while we were inside, she was drinking milk out of an animal shaped cup with a straw. She filled her mouth with milk and walked menacingly towards me. By my actions, I somehow convinced her to pass by like the destroying angel, as did my companion. However, the actions taken by the member were not as convincing. and she spat the milk all over his suit pants...and casually strolled off. I don't think that member will be coming to a lesson with us any time soon...
As for good occurrences, we were taking a different member to a lesson with us. On the way, we were telling him who the person was and all the rest. Turns out, he knows the girl. She and his daughter had been best friends in the past. She was very excited to see him again and the lesson went really well.
I hope you all are doing well and I look forward to talking again.