Well howdy! Fancy meeting you all here on the interwebz!
So Haley and Spencer got married and then half of the family went on a cruise? You guys are really making it difficult to find joy in tracting three hours in the blazing California sun, you know. (I kid. Mostly :D)
I am glad you are all still alive after Hurricane Matthew went and mucked up the whole East Coast! That's the number one question people ask me when I say I'm from NC now. I'm always like, "Yes, they're all fine. It's surprisingly hard to keep my family down, you know?". And they don't, but I'm okay with that :)
So you guys know how last week I told you we had to drop our only investigators and it was super sad? WELL GUESS WHAT. We've got a new (Probably) investigator!!! I will tell you the story in great detail, as it is a humorous story, and one that gains great benefits from a cup of coco and some scones, as a proper Brit would do.
So Elder Croft and I were hunting for a LA that was on the ward roster but we'd never seen in church or heard of before. They lived in a complex that was really difficult to get into, except any time you don't actually need to go in. So! We knock on the door and ask for Sister Montalvo, but the guy says that she's not here and we need to come back at four. So we do! And at four the door is opened by a young woman in her 20's who we ASSUME is Sister Montalvo.
Plot twist! It wasn't. Another plot twist! Sister Montalvo had passed away two years prior. We were currently taking to her niece.
Elder Croft and I were both like, "Dang, oh well..." and we gave the whole shpeel asking if there was anyone she knew that would like to hear our message and such, knowing full well that no one in California EVER knows their neighbors, but it's a district goal, so we made an effort to ask anyways. She told us that her neighbors might be interested, (Surprising) and then! At the very end, as we prepared to walk away, she added, "And I'd like to hear something about God, too!" (VERY surprising)
Kids, no one ever says that. EVER.
Needless to say, we were very shocked. Thank goodness I still remembered the Restoration, because we got to teach the whole lesson on the doorstep! We left her with a Book of Mormon, Resto pamphlet, and a pass-along-card with our number on it. Who knows where it will go now, but hopefully up!
Don't give up :) That's the lesson I learned! God doesn't give up on us, so why should we give up on Him?
This email is getting long and borderline delirious, so I will sign out now ;)
I love you all as much as a blind man loves getting healed by Jesus and then soundly THRASHING the Pharisees in a debate about it! Please don't go skydiving unless you have at least two parachutes! Also regular diving, make sure you bring your parachutes regular diving! Actually, why don't you guys just wear parachutes everywhere, just to be totally safe. YOU NEVER KNOW.
Okay, until next Valentines Day!
See you all in the clouds!
Elder Brooksby the III
This is what California looks like, by the way :) We cover both sides of the tracks, so we for sure have the wrong one!
Did you know guava grows here, and you can easily steal them off trees? I didn't!