Monday, January 26, 2015

This has been another great week out here in Wheeling!! The snow is coming down like crazy! I don't even know if we will be able to get any pie today... Mortality is so hard sometimes...haha. 
So I got a call from President Johnson yesterday and he said that I will be training and that I am going to be District Leader. I am pretty excited! I am so excited to be able to go out and work our hardest every single day and to wait and see the miracles that can and will happen as we do so!
On Tuesday we decided to see a lady named Lequetta. We had tried her a bunch of different times and nothing ever worked. So we decided that this would be our last time trying. We knocked on the door and she said that right now wasn't a very good time. But then she paused and said that it was never a good time so that she might as well let us in! It was super cool to see! I think that the Holy Ghost was working on her and helped her decide to let us in. She didn't have much time so we taught her a little about the Book of Mormon. She said that she was really excited to read it. She said her Brother is a member and that he was really happy and she noticed that in him. It is amazing to see how the last time we were going to try her  was the time that she let us in. I know that isn't a coincidence. 
We were also able to teach Thomas this week. We were asking him how smoking was going and then he pulled a pack of cigarettes out of his pocket. Then Elder Watts held out his hand and was like "Give them to me." Thomas was really torn for a second, but then he gave them to Elder Watts. It was funny how fast Elder Watts took those things. It definitely looked like he had done that before.
Today I will be helping Elder Watts pack. I'll be getting rid of my third companion this transfer. I am excited that next transfer will be less crazy and that we will be able to really focus on the work and give the Lord everything that we have. I know that Christ lives and that he loves us. I have seen his hand guiding us so many times out here and I am so grateful for that. I know that if we give everything to the Lord, he can make us into what he wants us to be, and that is way better then we could ever do on our own. 

Elder May
Elder May and Elder Belk

Elder May and Elder Taylor
This has been a great week! We took Elder Belk to the Airport on Wednesday! That was pretty weird taking him to the airport ourselves. Now it is just Elder Watts and I... Until next week at least until I get a new companion. This transfer has been so weird. I hope that things will start to be a little more normal once I get my new companion!
On Wednesday we had a Zone Training on Finding. Afterwards Elder Watts and I decided to go visit some Former investigators to try and find new people to teach. We saw one name in our area book that really stuck out to us and we decided to go visit him. When we put it in our GPS we realized that it was a pretty long dricve away so we decided to do it another day. But we kept feeling like we really needed to go visit him so we decided that we were just going to do it. When we got there we knocked on the door and answered the door. We asked if his name was Chris and he just stared at us with a weird look on his face and he invited us inside. 
Once we got inside he looked at us and said that missionaries always seem to show up in his life when he needs it the most. He said he could make a book of all the times that he was praying for help and the missionaries always showed up. I was so pumped when he said that! God was directly answering his prayers everytime by sending missionaries and I think that he is starting to realize that now. His wife came into the room to and she stayed for the lesson. They said how they wanted to do things together and they said that they were going to start reading the Book of Mormon together. I was so excited!!! I have the strongest testimony of the Holy Ghost and that Heavenly Father has prepared people for us to teach. It is so cool to me that we were prompted to see someone and when we did, it was exactly what he needed at that time!
We also taught Thomas Sayers. He is an investigator and he hasn't really been progressig lately. But this lesson we read 2 Nephi 31 with him and he started to just talk about his life and how hard it was growing up and all the trial that he went through. It really meant a lot to me that he told us the things that he did and the things that he is stuggling with. Elder Watts gave him a blessing and we told him that if he ever needed anything to give us a call. That night we got a call from him saying that he had thrown away all of his cigarettes and his Cigars! That was a huge miracle!!
On Saturday we taught Paloma our Spanish Investigator. Unfortunately I think my spanish got worse since our last visit so I didn't understand anything... But towards the end of the lesson, a member that was there with us to help us teach, turned to me and said that Paloma wanted to hear my testimony. So I bore my testimony to hear in English. I tried my best to express to her my love for this church and especially Jesus Christ. After she said something to Sister Murphey and she said that Paloma said thank you for my testimony. She said that it really meant a lot to her and she could tell that I was sincere about it. I thought that was really cool. I don't know how much she understood of what I said, but the Spirit was able to touch her as I was bearing my testimony. I am so grateful to be a missionary. i wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
Elder May 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Man this has been the weirdest week on my mission for sure! It was so weird to be inside cleaning all day instead of being outside working! As much as I love cleaning, it was hard doing that all day long. But when we finally got out after scrubbing toilets all day, it felt that much better to be doing missionary work. And despite the limited time we did have to work, we were able to teach a pretty good amount of lessons which was a huge blessing! 

So while we were cleaning on Tuesday, I got a call from my mission president. He called me and told me where I am going! So I will be serving in Wheeling, West Virginia! I will be going there tonight! So I am leaving the good old state of PA. I am really going to miss being in Pittsburgh, it is such a beautiful place. Every time I pas Heinz Field, I think of Jeff and how jealous he would be. And that was always nice haha. But I am excited for my new area. It will be an opportunity for me to learn and grow and rely on the savior more then I ever have. 

I will actually be serving in a trio when I get there. I will be serving with Elder Watts and Elder Belk. Elder Belk will be going home 1 week from today so I wont be with him for too long. And then Elder Watts is going to be going home at the end of the Transfer in 3 weeks! So In 3 weeks I will need to learn the whole area and be able to help my new companion out when he gets there. It will be really tough but I know that heavenly Father will strengthen me. Even though I wouldn't be able to do it on my own, I know that I can with his help.

On Saturday ward members came and helped us move all of the furniture out and helped us deep clean the place. I didn't know that there were so many things to clean. And just so you know, if you ever have to clean an oven, it is not as fun as you would think. I am sooo grateful that Elder Taylor was kind enough to let me do that haha. But by about 2:00 we had nothing left in our apartment. So we have been sleeping and eating and studying on the floor. I feel like a little homeless guy! No bed, no tables, no couches, no car.... Haha I cannot describe how happy I will be to be able to ride in a car again! I have had to resist stealing this little kids scooter on multiple occasions.

Sunday was the best/hardest day for sure. We went and said goodbye to all of the members and all of our awesome investigators. I never thought it could possibly be this hard to leave the people I have met. But I love them so much! We said goodbye to the Clark family and before we left, we had a little testimony meeting. The spirit was so strong and before we left they kept saying how much they loved Elder Taylor and I and how grateful they were to have met us. And I feel exaclty the same way. I know that the Lord has prepared them and I just hope that I can go back for their baptisms.

After that we had dinner with the Kronk family. That was probably the hardest goodbye. They have honestly been my family out here. They are so funny and such great examples to me. They were definitely the hardest to say good bye to. Mom and Dad, when I come home we have to come back so I can show you and have you meet everyone. 

I know that this church is true and I am grateful for every experience I have had out here. My testimony has grown so much and I am so grateful for that. Wish me luck out in West Virginia! 

Elder May
Our sleeping arrangements

Bro. Rossignoli and Elder May