Sister Emily DeFord

Called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Colorado Fort Collins mission.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Week 19: 12/23/13

December 23, 2013
Longmont, CO

A funny thing about Mormons.  They all assume that the missionaries know exactly who they are and where they live.  Occasionally we will tract into members who invite us in, because we are the missionaries, but they don't know why we are there and we don't know why we are there and it is a great chance for us all to get to know each other!  Then there are the members who haven't been to church in a while (like years, they really think it isn't their thing anymore) and sometimes we tract into them and have experiences like the other day:

knock on door, man answers door, makes a motion to close it, we assume he is going to say he's not interested/has another church/etc but surprises us by "Wait, what are you doing here?!"

"um...We're missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints..."

"Yeah.  You didn't know I was a member?"

"Well, nope, just wanted to invite you to come unto Christ"

Or something like that.  Anyway, Sister Carbno and I laughed all the way to our car and still laugh whenever we think of that experience.

Speaking of Sister Carbno!  She is my new companion, fresh from the MTC and awesomely ready to go!  She is from Illinois and has 9 siblings!  Oh man, both number of siblings and size of scriptures has increased from Sister Z, I didn't think it was possible.  We have been having a great time and some cool experiences already, though I believe every set appointment has canceled on us, never fear!  We have had some really promising interactions with people who seem interested in learning and coming unto Christ, despite the Christmas season.

Not that there is anything wrong with Christmas, I really love Christmas actually and Christmas music is my favorite genre of all!  And Christmas stories (thanks mom!) and snow and service and everything about it!  The only trouble is that people go out of town or are busy, but really that just helps us as we can go directly to the people who are prepared! (Meaning Heavenly Father will arrange things so the people we need to talk to we will be able to talk to.)

So mostly it has been a questionably awesome week!  (Phrase invented by Sister Carbno for the express purpose of describing this week and in particular a certain experience we had last night.)  Walking back to the car, about to go home and we see a lady standing outside her house.  We introduce ourselves and she seems to recognize the name of the church.  So we ask her about that and she says yeah, just from people coming to the door.

"So you know about the restoration then?"

"Yeah, I think it's great"

"Oh, so did they tell you about the Book of Mormon"


"Oh.  Cool.  Have you read it?"

"Yeah, I've read some of it."

"Oh....what did you think about it then?"

"I think it is great."

"..." what?

Luckily my companion had the presence of mind to set up a return appointment since we did need to get home.  I just didn't know what to say to that.  Some of you may be surprised to find out that I can think of 2 times on my mission when I have been rendered speechless.  Missions are incredible things.  It occurred to me later that the next question should have been "So...have you been baptized?  Would you be willing to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God?"  We will try that next time :)

Merry Christmas to everyone! 

love, Sister Emily DeFord

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