Last week we had a really bad run-in with a Marshallese bible-basher. It was a really terrible experience for me. All I knew was that this guy who is a pastor for another church (I shoulda known) "Wanted to learn more with the missionaries." So we went over with our member, Sister Emos. She's a recent convert of 2 years. He invited us in nicely and Sister Emos and Sister Konou started explaining the book of mormon. He seemed to be talking a LOT and I thought he was asking questions so I thought the lesson was going well, until his voice got louder and louder and I felt the spirit leave. He began arguing with our member and the poor dear kept looking at me and asking me questions in English of where she could find certain scriptures to support our religion. He was FULL of anti-Mormon information and we couldnt satisfy anything he asked us. The only thing I understood from the lesson was when he looked at me and said in English, "YOU need to repent!!" I repent every day, thank you. I told Sister Konou we needed to leave several times because I was at boiling point. I could feel my face get hot and even though I cant speak the language, I knew my beliefs were being mocked. I knew my Savior was being mocked. He understood some English, so I said "if you don't want this book, we can take it back and I'll give it to someone who does." And he gave it back to me. This man was so hard-hearted he wasn't worth our precious time as missionaries. Our member kept arguing with him, and we struggled to get her to stop. Finally, I turned to Sister Konou and said "We need to leave. I am going to walk out in about 10 seconds." and we left. Bible bashing isnt worth it. I am reminded again why its discouraged.
It was 90 minutes without the spirit, and it was the worst 90 minutes Ive ever had my mission.
Its been raining quite a bit here and contacting people with puddles in my shoes has been fun. We had an ASL conference with President Lewis and the 4 ASL sisters that was really good last week. We explained some of the struggles we have and why Deaf work is a little bit slower. President basically understood that we need to be companions with other ASL sisters so we will see what my future holds. I really really miss that Deaf work.
I'm doing well, family and loved ones! Miss you all! Once again, ANYbody can send me emails, I just cant write you back if you arent family!