Hello family!!! This week has been a crazy week!! I have loved it so much!!! First, I'll explain the rabies part of the subject. We were tracting this past week and there was a couple walking their dogs. Since I love animals, I ALWAYS talk to people with animals because it is a great way to start a conversation. So, we stopped to talk to this couple and I asked them if I could pet their dogs. They said, "Oh yeah! Sure!" So I bent down to pet the dog and the dog sniffed my hand and wagged his tail a little bit. So I figured it was okay to pet him. No. It most definitely was not. The darn dog BIT ME!!! and then the guy says, "Oh sorry. He's a bit testy." I'm sorry. You couldn't have told me that BEFORE I pet him? Or BEFORE he bit me? Haha. The saddest part of the story is that they walked away before we could even talk to them about the gospel. I told Sister Carlin that if I started foaming at the mouth that she knew why. I guess you can't come home from a mission without being bit by a dog. haha. :)Now on to faith. We had a HUGE test of our faith this week. Last week, we stopped by to see one of our investigators (who is 27 by the way) and her father opened the door and very boldly told us that they were a Christian home and they didn't believe in anything "us Mormons" did and to NEVER come back again. that was a HUGE bummer. I for sure felt a little bit of Godly sorrow that night. Anyway, last Thursday we had an appointment with her and we couldn't get a hold of her. And we didn't feel that we should go see our back-up, and we were fresh OUT of miles. We were kind of lost. So we prayed. And as we prayed I got the feeling that we needed to do what we had planned. Sister Carlin got up and started walking to the car because she was going nuts because we had been inside for like 30 minutes. When we got to the car I told her what I had felt. She looked at me and said, "Are you sure?" I said yes and we went on our way. Shaking the entire car ride there. How were we going to knock on the door when he CLEARLY didn't want anything to do with us, ever? When we got there we prayed and sat scared in the car for like 5 minutes. Finally, we got out of the car, walked up to the door, took a deep breath, and knocked. It was probably the longest 15 seconds of my life. Guess what? NO ONE WAS HOME. But now we were determined to find the person on that street that we were sent there for. We knocked every house on that street and the last house on the street was who we were sent there for. A lady about 90 years old opened the door and I think she had Johnny Cash BLASTING in the background. We could barely hear what she was saying because the music was so loud. She invited us right in and started talking to us. We found out that she served in the Navy and did lots of other cool things. However, She had fallen a few months ago and hit her head on one of those parking curb things and had something like short-term memory loss. It was really sad. She kept thinking that we were boy scouts collecting clothes because it was Christmas time. But she was our miracle that day. I learned so much from that. I didn't realize how much faith I actually had until the Lord asked me to do something that I knew I couldn't do by myself. That is why our faith is tried sometimes, so that we can realize how much we actually trust in the Lord. It was an amazing experience!
I love you all and hope that you have a great week!