This last week was our attempt. We gave ourselves a good week and half/two weeks of prep time and also fasted the week before. We fasted that we would reach 21 lessons with the purpose of bringing His children closer to Him. We intended to count all types of lessons including member lessons, other lessons with investigators, less actives, new converts...etc.)
We made a ZILLION calls to everyone we were working with and past investigators. Our motto, ''NOW is the Time'' gave us motivation to work every minute we had. Our fast proved miraculous and so were the blessings that poured down from heaven. Almost every call we made turned into an appointment! Our week was full. We were pumped!
What we thought would be 21 lessons, turned into an adventure that we weren't quite expecting. We calculated that we needed three lessons a day to reach our goal. Some days had two some had four etc. It was going well until rolled around. Three of our four appointments that same day fell out. It was crazy. Baffled, we worked on our backup plans which were full as well and kept busy. , a new investigator who was excited and eager to learn more about the gospel having already heard the 2nd lesson got cold feet and dropped us when we invited her to be baptized. It was crazy and we were devastated, but not hopeless. So is the work sometimes, right? Then, to our continued surprise, the same thing that happened happened on Saturday: three out of four, gone the same day.
Sister Hemmi and I reviewed the week. We had obviously prayed and fasted for these lessons. We'd felt inspired to work towards this goal. We saw miracles in setting up every last appointment we strived to keep. What was the Lord teaching us?
We came up with a few crucial points that we took note of. 1. Although we were busy and filled our week with appointments, our studies suffered because of the amount of travel. We always got Personal Study, but Companionship, Language, and Training were the intended ''back up'' plan more than once. It was clear evidence to me how sacred ALL of our studies are. Not just Personal or even Personal and Companionship, but all are important. 2. Weekly planning didn't receive all the attention it deserved as well. Weeks don't go well period if that doesn't go well.
But we did see some good points. Lessons learned. 1. God answers prayers especially when we've fasted for them and we feel it was for a good purpose. 2. God blesses His children with miracles. You know what? We may not have seen 21 lessons play out, but we planned and had planned 21 lessons. We'd done it! We'd planned, called, prayed, worked, reaped! It is possible! 3. Having a full week feels good. It felt good to just work and people were found along the way.
We still believe that 21 lessons while completing our studies and obeying all the rules is possible. We're planning our second attempt with renewed goals and expectations. We learned some valuable lessons.