This week was fabulous! We were blessed with three new investigators! The work is really speeding up in this area!!!
Monday we had dinner at the Doxies. He is a recent convert and she is a
returning less active. They went to the temple last Thursday to do
baptisms for the dead. We showed them a video on the temple (from 'intro
to mormons' on lds.org)
and discussed that, apart from the temple, the home is the second most
sacred place. They are very excited to be able to go to the temple next
November and be sealed!
Tuesday we had a great lesson with Chris. We found him while going
through a 'new member moved in' list. His sister, the member, wasn't
home but he said that we could come back and talk with him. When we
returned he said that he is just looking to turn his life around. He has
started up this new business and he is having great success down on
Fremont Street. He wants to relieve the burdens that he has accumulated
over his past few years and he wants to get married to his girlfriend.
He was also super excited that we have basketball courts in our churches
haha. (we made sure that basketball was not the reason he is meeting
On Wednesday we went on exchanges and I went with Elder Corcoran in his
area. We had a really great day! We almost got in a wreck because this
drunk guy was swerving in front of us... but we made it out alive. We
were also making visits to members that were not assigned home teachers.
We knock on the door and this woman answers. She says 'oh we were just
having a family meeting but you can come in and say hi'. We walk in and
there are at least 12 kids sitting around this huge table and this other
woman waves at us and says hi. It was so hilarious! It might not sound
as funny through email but just pretend that this was the most exciting
thing in your day :)
Thursday it started to rain. So we went tracting! On the first house
that answered this woman lets us in and we ask her the survey questions.
He husband/boyfriend walks down the stairs and he says, 'wow i know a
lot about your church but I've never listened to missionaries before'.
He invites us to sit and we tell him our message. He is very well versed
in religion and he also has some misconceptions due to his ex-wife's
family. He seems pretty open and invited us to come back whenever we
want. His biggest deal will be the afterlife and kingdoms of glory but
he seems open to new ideas!
Friday through Saturday afternoon we were on exchanges with the
assistants. We have been working with the bishop to invite his neighbor
to meet with us. We extended the bishop and his family a commitment and
they accepted. So this Saturday morning we had a lesson with his
neighbor, Dillon. She is a great lady who says that she is more
spiritual than religious. She doesn't believe in one true religion but
she does believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and she is so
grateful that we have a prophet today! She will be great, we just have
to help her connect a few dots that are missing!
Saturday night we had a lesson with Spencer and Savannah. Spencer is a
returning less active and Savannah is his wife. We taught them the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and they seemed to want to take their search for
the truth more seriously. We talked to them at church and they said that
they read like 27 pages of the Book of Mormon after our lesson, which
ended at 9pm. We are so excited and we hope that they continue to make
time for the gospel!
Wow! that's a lot of stuff! We had a great week and I hope that you did too!
Love you all!
"Among so many things deserving of our deepest gratitude in this
season of Thanksgiving is the feasting fullness of the Restoration. It
is like a harvest basket which, to use
Jesus' metaphor, is a "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,
and running over." (Luke 6:38.) This abundant harvest spares us from
hungering because of doctrinal deprivation. The lack of fullness has
real consequences, especially for those who struggle,
for instance, with adversity while trying to believe in a God of loving
purpose. Each of the key doctrines by itself would help us. In
combination, however, these doctrines can produce stronger faith by
providing vital spiritual nourishment. The Restoration
is not only a harvest "running over", but it also brings back vital
"plain and precious things" – the balanced essentials. (1Nephi 13:26.)" -Maxwell