Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The time my apartment flooded... (And I'm only slightly exaggerating)

Mom Note:  I have registered my complaint that she did not even refer to her slightly exaggerated flood.  More may be coming. Here is the story:

Oh! Hahahah yeah, I forgot. We were planning and were actually going to finish for the first time in a month when we heard a drippy sound. We got up and ran to the kitchen and a stream of water was coming out of our light fixture and dripping from the corners and the other light and from parts of the ceiling and there was a stream coming from the vent. It was crazy! We got out neighbor and turns out the man upstairs had left his bathtub on and it overflowed but my apartment was soaking wet. So
we didn't finish planning that day. Hahahah it was hilarious but so terrifying. 

Dear beloved family and friends,

This week has been a week of miracles! Once again, I'm so extremely grateful to be serving the Lord. This work is so amazing and I know that every single person has a role to play in strengthening His gospel!

So my Mission President has identified five standards of excellence for the mission, five of the key indicators. They're 2 w/a baptismal date, 2 at sacrament meeting, 5 member present lessons, 5 RCLAs, and 3 new investigators each week. And he wants us to read 60% or 3/5 each week. So last we we had 3 w/a date and the RCLAs. We wanted to read the 60% so badly but it was Saturday and we knew we couldn't get member presents since we only had one and none set up for the next day. So we were thinking about all the people we contacted and said "hey, we kind of taught them, we can call and get a return appointment and they can be new investigators!" But we decided not to because we knew that that would be just for reaching the numbers. We made that decision.

Next morning: two of our investigators called and said they would come to church if we got them a ride. We frantically started calling every person we could think of. No luck. We knelt and prayed and immediately after we finished praying I said "Call sister Brown." We called and
she picked up the girls for church! Standard of excellence met. MIRACLE!

Later in the day: at church a member asked us if she could come out with us for the day. We of course said yes! We ended up teaching four member present lessons in that one day! Standard of excellence met. MIRACLE!

In one of those member present lessons we were teaching the two girls who came to church. Then all of a sudden five family members showed up and wanted to be taught. And since we're in a trio miracle) and had a member(miracle) we were able to split up and teach two lessons at that time and got four new investigators in that house.

We met ALL FIVE of the Standards of a Excellence. And I KNOW that it's because we put needs before numbers. I KNOW that we were only able to get those girls to church because of the power of prayer. I testify that Heavenly Father hears and answers every single prayer. Sometimes the answers don't come right away or when we want them to, but THEY WILL COME.  I KNOW that those new investigators and member present lessons only came because we identified that we were being too focused on numbers. Heavenly Father will bless us and lead us to those who He has prepared when we're doing what we're supposed to be doing.

Also, Sister Ririe and I have had matching outfits for the last four days without trying, so if that's not Comp Unity I don't know what is. This is what happens when you're together for 3 1/2 months!

I love you all!
Sister Petrick

P.S. Enjoy my face.
Sister Rachel Petrick
700 Darby Road #201
Havertown, PA 19083

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