Oh man first things first we went to the Philadelphia Temple open house yesterday! We went with the Burd family, a part member family in the ward. The mom and kids are members, and Brother Burd has been investigating for several years. We were super bummed that Mac ended up not being able to go, but Jason was able to go with the Lancaster elders because he has family in the Lancaster ward. It was such an awesome experience though! The temple is so beautiful and is in the heart of the city. It was so awesome to walk through with the Burds and to feel the peaceful spirit of the temple. Another awesome thing about going is we got to see a bunch of friends from the Pittsburgh mission! Including President and Sister Johnson! It was pretty sweet.
We were not able to see Mac or Jason this week because they were out of town but we were able to see our new investigator Shanica! Brother Potter took us to the lesson and it went so well! We walked in and she had her Book of Mormon on the table all ready and told us she had been reading and loved what she had read! We taught her the restoration and she had a great understanding of everything and some excellent questions. She also told us that the week we knocked on her door a couple weeks ago, a close friend of hers had commit suicide just the week before and she explained to us how grateful she was that we came and that she really thinks that this is want she wants for her life right now. The Lord really does put us in the right places for the right people at the right time.
On Friday night we went to our favorite Amish market, the Green Dragon to see some people that Elder Mink and Elder Posada had met there the week before on exchanges. Their names are Isreal and...we cant remember his friends name unfortunately but they are super in to archeology and sell rocks and things at the Green Dragon. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they were so excited to get one and read! They are both super interested and were gonna be talking to them again this week about going to their home to teach them.
So there's some highlights of this week. it was kind of a tough week in some ways. We have had no area book, no GPS, and no iPads and things have been difficult. And our area is massive now and the mission didn't give us extra miles for our car so we've been pretty screwed lately but its ok because good stuff is still happening!
- Elder Poulsen