Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year's Eve, gratitude yoga, Finn and Daya, tracting for the first time

January in Moscow, Idaho

Happy New Year :)

It was another good week! 


New Year's Eve
On New Year's Eve, we practically invited ourselves over to our Bishop's house. Everyone told us he has an awesome house with a touch screen that dims the lights so we were curious to see it! We were allowed to watch a movie, so we needed to find a member's house to go to anyway, so it worked out perfectly. We showed up and his wife answered the door and told us it was actually his birthday. We felt so bad! But we had a great time eating lots of delicious food and talking and watching "17 Miracles".

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Dancing on New Year's Eve. Just kidding.
We were asleep by 10:15 pm :
Gratitude Yoga
On New Year's day one of our investigators invited us to a gratitude yoga class, so we thought it would be nice to go and support her. She and her boyfriend (Finn & Daya) have been meeting with the missionaries since August and they both work at a yoga studio. We were told it would be 45 minutes...or an hour at the most. 

I loved hearing her thoughts and learning about the type of philosophy she has her training in. It made me happy because there were definitely religious undertones and she was basically bearing testimony to her entire yoga class! 

But after that we had some nice stretching time and did several poses and then came the last part of the class--the relaxation part. This is has always been my favorite, when they dim the lights and you get to lie down on the mat bundled in a blanket in what I call "corpse pose" aka everyone falls asleep to the soothing yoga instructor's voice. Daya then started describing each body part. Literally every body part! "Picture the big toe. Now think of the bone. Think of the tendon. Picture the nail perfectly comfortable in the nail bed..." Then she moved to the next toe. Then she repeated each toe on the left foot! 

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I imagine she then moved to the ankle, the calf, the quad, the elbow, the wrist, the arms, stomach, heart, head, face, shoulders, etc. but I wouldn't know. My companions and I didn't even make it to the end of the toes on the right foot. But by the time we woke up and class was over, we walked out and realized we had been in there for 2 1/2 hours. That was a fun start to the new year!

Finn and Daya
Daya was out of town, so we were able to just teach Finn one day last week. We had the lesson at the Gillette's home which was the perfect setting. Finn can connect with Brother Gillette a lot and it is so helpful to have a member also bear testimony and share personal experiences of the things we are teaching about. 

Daya has been ready to be baptized for months now, but Finn has still been skeptical for a long time. He has trouble understanding the nature of God and feeling like he has a relationship with Him. But this lesson was incredible! It's amazing how strong the Spirit was even though there were loud babies running around everywhere. 

Finn actually started crying at the end of the lesson and I know he's grown so much in the last few months. He's now such a loving and accepting person and they're an incredible couple! They're not yet married, but we heard that Finn was ring shopping earlier this month, so hopefully they will get married soon and then be baptized! He still has not agreed to be baptized but he said he would start praying about whether he should pray for a date, so I'll just be happy with that for now! 

Tracting for the first time
I went tracting for the first time! This is when you go door to door and have Gospel conversations with people to see if they're interested in learning more. It was surprisingly fun! I thought people might be rude and that it would be scary, but everyone was friendly and willing to talk to us. Nobody let us in to hear more, but they each talked to us for at least 20 minutes on their door step about their beliefs and it was a really interesting experience. 

Hope everyone had a great week! Love you all!

Sister Hancock


1 comment:

  1. Good work Sister Hancock~I'm glad your first tracting experience was a positive one. Stay warm:)