This week we helped a less-active member paint a room in her house. That was fun! It is now a beautiful creme puff room, instead of a dark pink dungeon. She is going to take us out to get crepes this week as a thank you.
We also helped another less-active member (who really doesn't want anything to do with the church) move some things around in her house. We had met her about a week before. She made it very apparent she does not like the church and she has her own church now, so we gave her our phone number and told her to call us if she needed any help. She called us a few days later! So, we go over to help her. We weren't really sure what we were going to help her do. We get there and she keeps talking about a "treatment" she is getting done on her home. We were just taking pictures off the walls and curtains down. I was looking around and happened to glance upon a stack of papers titled, "How to get rid of bed bugs." First thought in my head was, "You've got to be kidding me." I showed Sister Peatross and her reaction was the same. I asked the less-active if she had a bed bug problem and she said, "Mhmm. A bad one." Sister Peatross and I looked over to our coats and bags sitting on the couch and cringed. We couldn't just leave, though, so we kept helping... Once we were done we took all our stuff home and put it in big garbage bags in order to suffocate any nasty little bugs that could have latched on to our belongings. Good times! So far we haven't found any, so I think we are good. By the time we left the lady had a much better attitude towards us. Service softens hearts, y'all! ...and occasionally aids in the travel of bed bugs.
Carnel came to church again and is right on schedule to bet baptized in the coming weeks. Just a couple more things left to teach him. He and Ivor (he got baptized in September right before I got here) are friends. It's so neat to see Ivor showing somebody the ropes. He enjoys it, too. He has been asking us how he can be a missionary to his friends. He is a sweet guy. And he passed the sacrament again! :)
I have been working on reading all the conference talks over again and looking for the invitations to act given in them. I was reading Elder Robbins about which way do we face. I found this quote, "The true badge of courage is overcoming the fear of man." It made me think of how often we as individuals do things we may not want in order to please another person. We do things, or don't do things, because we are afraid of what others might think or say. I invite you to ask yourself right now, "Whose approval am I seeking?" If you don't like the answer you find remember that often times all it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage to change any situation we may find ourselves in. I promise as you act on the courage to seek the approval of Heavenly Father you will not be confounded before men.
Peace and Blessings!