Thursday, March 8, 2012
A run down of just about everything.
Dearest Family and Friends,
Thank you for the pictures! My companions and I loved them. Congrats on your performance in the race, Michael! I can't believe how talented you are in everything that you do.
Well, I can hardly pick out what to tell you from the week. How about I give you a run down of just about everything?
On Monday, we had family home evening with the youth in the building. One of our investigators played the flute for a musical number! It was great. On Tuesday, we all felt inspired to go visit a recent convert who had gone completely innactive, and was avoiding our phone calls. The idea just kind of fell onto our planners the night before - someone suggested the idea, and within one second, we all said, "Yes, that is what we need to do," and we wrote it down. We had tried visiting her before, but weren't ever able to get into the building. We prayed our hearts out the next morning, and when we went, a very nice lady let us in, and we were able to knock her door and find her actually home. It was truly a miracle. We established contact with her again, and we're praying she will return to the right path, for her own sake, and for the sake of her young daughter. That night we taught English and had a ball! I LOVE our English class. They are the cutest thing. We also had a beautiful lesson with our young, miracle investigator girl, and taught her about enduring to the end by reading daily, praying often, and taking the sacrament each Sunday. On Wednesday, we had a lesson with an innactive youth - it was quite sad; rather, she was quite sad. She hasn't been doing those things - reading daily, praying often, and going to church weekly. Thus, though she couldn't ask for anything more in life regarding work, school, or living situation, she is not happy, and a tired expression has overcome her once happy and loving one. We also taught one of our newer investigators, who has an extreme problem with smoking. He had on his new teeth today, and was looking extra excited about learning about the gospel. We invited him to be baptized in a little over a month, and he said he would have to think a little more about it, before he could commit. We also picked up a former investigator - a young girl who is quite bright and good friends with the youth in the branch. She is slowly rediscovering the faith she once gained when she used to be an investigator. Sister Izatt and I went on splits and left Sister Smith to teach another lesson with our senior sister missionary, while we helped the elders teach the young man who is deaf in one ear that I mentioned a few months ago. He's still investigating! We ended up giving him to the elders, as we thought they would be a better match for him. We've loved watching him grow, though. Get this: He's already read the Book of Mormon 3 times! He loves it! He has come so far from when Sister Izatt and I were teaching him. He didn't even believe in God, and had never prayed, but now he is well-versed, and well-spoken as he talks about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and what it means in his life. When we asked him what his favorite story was in the Book of Mormon, he immediately flipped open to verse Mosiah 18:8, and said he just really liked that verse, so much so that he had memorized it. He then also flipped open to Alma 30:44, and said "That's a good one too." I was astounded. He still hasn't been baptized, as his church attendance is a little complicated with the fact that he goes home to a different city each week, and is quite far from a branch. Pray that something will work out! We finished Wednesday night by going out to some members' apartment, hoping to ask for refferals, when instead we just ended up teaching an off-the-cuff lesson to their roommates, sitting in their little kitchen. Whoo! Having a tag is the greatest. On Thursday, we picked up this beautiful new investigator! He was taught a couple times about 3 years ago, so we called him up and met with him again. He is a young, 23-year-old man who is one of the most thoughtful, kind young men I've ever met. My favorite part about his lesson was when I asked him what it would mean to him if Joseph Smith really was called as a prophet, and we still have a living prophet today. He said it would be very important for him. It would mean that we're not forgotten. God is still looking over us.
Well, about twice as much as that happened during the last half of the week, but I'm out of time! Just know that we're seeing miracles every day here! I absolutely LOVE this work. I can't imagine doing anything else but this. I love my Savior. I know he lives.