Great week this week! Sadly I don't have time to tell you much about it! But suffice it to say that things are starting to pick up here in Bristol. :)
I've got time for one story really quick. We went to contact an old potential investigator (he filled out a survey at a fair way back in like 2014) named Dusty. We talked to him once before but we had to cancel our return appointment because of snow. When we got there he was out on his porch, and we started talking. He was asking us questions about what we believe and what makes us different. Then like 5 minutes later his wife Amber pulled up with their 5 year old son, and out of the blue he asked us if we wanted to go out for dinner. So they took us out to Mellow Mushroom! Turns out they are both super awesome and are sincerely interested. He asked us if it would be okay if they came to church soon, and if the Book of Mormon was available online for him to read (I'm sure we looked like a couple of puppy dogs after the doorbell rings, we were so excited). It was awesome. :) We're gonna be seeing them again hopefully this week, and we're hoping we might even be able to teach them in a member's home!
That was easily the highlight of the week. And we had some other adventures, including a referral named Earl. First thing he told us was that he referred himself just to prove to his mom that we aren't the Jehovah's Witnesses. Another star moment was when he asked us if we knew about a website called "MormonBoyz." We told him we didn't. He told us it's a pornography website... And the best part? He told us Elder Lambert looks just like one of the guys on there (and he even pinched his cheek when he told him)... Yikes. Hahaha right about then I spoke up and told him we actually had to go. Like, right now. We hightailed it to the car, and once we got over the creepiness of the whole thing we about died laughing. Hoo boy. Missions are great. :)
But really. This week was great. I wish I had more time to tell you all about it.
Another quick message this week.
Something that really struck me at church this week was that the Savior really can heal anything in our lives - and that sometimes the adversity and trials and weaknesses and struggles we face ARE part of the cure. Some things can only be healed through the furnace of affliction. The beauty of it all is that even when He does not always take away our burdens from us when we ask, He doesn't ask us to bear them alone. He bears them with us, if we will let Him.
If you get time, look up the Mormon Message called Bearing Our Burdens With Hope. It's about how our burdens can actually enable us to get through things sometimes. It's a great one. :)
I gotta run. The Gospel's true! I love you all! Make yourselves a great week!
Elder Alex Swindler
There's this giant countdown clock in downtown Bristol for this huuuge College Football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway. People here are crazy about football.