How are you all? It sounds like you're all having a ton of fun! Mom I'm so sorry the doves are back. That is one thing I don't miss about home but there are so many other weird sounds here. I can't believe it's already Monday! This week has been a week of emotions. To start off the week we had interviews with President Cleveland. He is AMAZING! He is so kind and loving. When I walked in he told me that I am the happiest missionary he's ever seen. He says that he's really proud and that he can see how hard Sister Perry and I are working. Later in the day we went tracting like usual and tracted into an anti-mormon polygamist. Interesting...Yeah so we left his house real fast. Weird. I'm telling you there are some very interesting people in Indiana.
A common occurrence that I'm seeing here is hoarders. AAHHH!!! This week I've been in two hoarder's houses. The second one was the worst. She is a less active named Maggie. She came to the relief society activity which was a miracle so we talked to her and asked to see if there was anything she needed or if we could come and visit her family. She said that we could help her clean her kitchen. I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. When we showed up my jaw dropped and I was trying to hold back the tears. The smell was AWFUL and when we went into the kitchen I didn't even know where to start. There were bugs flying around and the dishes were stacked. The food we went through had been expired for years. I can't even do it justice. We could barely stand in the kitchen. After just one hour we took out five bags of trash just from her little kitchen. She then proceeded to tell us she would make us lunch. Oh no. Please no. I was praying so hard I didn't know what to do. I saw her pick up a pan off the floor and a spoon that had food on them. And she just started to cook with them. I almost threw up. So...we texted the elders in our ward and told them to call us. When they called I pretended like we had an appointment we had to get to and we left. I know I'm awful!!! I'm probably going to hell for lying but I could not do it. There is no way! So then my companion and I burned our clothes when we got home. Just kidding but I felt like it.
On a happier note we got an investigator this week whose name is Ben. We taught him yesterday and he agreed to work towards baptism. He also brought up church before we even invited him and how he wanted to go. YAY!!! Please keep him in your prayers because some of our other investigators are not doing so well. We also had an investigator Vivian drop us. It was really hard on me because she was my favorite. We had a lesson with her on Friday and that's when she told us she didn't want to meet anymore. She doesn't understand absolute truth. After that we were in the church so I went into the chapel and cried. She said that she would come to church so that was good to have her there on Sunday but we won't be teaching her anymore. :( No worries though because I know that there are other people out there who God has prepared and are ready to hear our message. I know that God has a plan for me. Missionary work is amazing but it's hard to see someone feel the spirit and then not want to progress. I know that this gospel can change peoples lives. Love you all!
Your hoarder cleaning maniac