This week has been one to write down in the books. I will start from the beginning. If it doesn’t make sense just know that I at least makes sense in my head. It started off with exchanges. I went with Elder Dobson. We went trying to talk with everyone and find someone to teach in seeing how we didn’t have any lessons that day. We went and talked to this man in his garage named Dale. Dale is an older man 70+, we got talking to him and he said that he was baptized when he was a little but shortly after getting baptized stopped coming to church. He felt that it just wasn’t for him. But he told us that he did have a relationship with Jesus Christ and he could not deny that he died for us so that we can live again. As we talked about the restored gospel his wife recently passing away came up. She had passed away a month ago. It was still a very tender spot in his heart. We shared Alma 40:11 with him. He seemed to be really touched. We asked if we could come back and share a message with him but he declined. We left him a card with Jesus on it and our number on the back asking him to call us if he ever needs anything. We went and knocked on the door a few houses down the road. No one answered the door. As we were walking back to the car he called us back over to his house. With tears in his eyes he showed us where he put the card with our number on it. He put it next to his father name plate commemorating his fathers life. Truly humbling to have seen that.
Then we had a lesson with an investigator named James. She has accepted to be baptized on April 28th. She has met with missionaries for almost 2 years and never has gotten baptized because she doesn’t feel like she knows enough. As we have been working with her for about a month she finally said that she is ready for baptism. She said she had the thought that she will never know enough and it’s finally time to get baptized and receive the blessings that come with being baptized. I am really excited for her to be able to enter the waters of baptism.
Some other investigators named Maka & Filisi will be working towards baptism on May 19th. They are some Tongans that like to eat. Every time that we go over to their home they always have food for us. It truly is the Tongan culture to always do things with food. The lessons that we have with them are so fun! I always leave with a smile on my face.
This week we will be having a mission tour by Elder Patrick Kearon of the presidency of the 70. I am excited for that. It will be way fun to see some old missionaries, but more importantly to be able to receive guidance and counsel from a General Authority. He is a convert from England. I am kind of excited to be able to listen to his cool accent.
Another man was working on his car. His name is Hugo. He called us over because he was curious on what we were doing. As we talked with him he had a lot of questions about how there are so many church’s. That happened to be the message that we were sending that week. So he was in luck. We didn’t have much time to talk but he took a Book of Mormon and said that we could come back sometime. It has been crazy that people have been calling us over recently.
We were also able to give a blessing to a young boy named Colten. He has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. It was super humbling to see a 4 or 5 year boy having to go through the struggles of life. Makes you truly think about what matters in life. Hope that he is able to over come the things that will be thrown his way.
We went and met with a member who moved from Utah. We talked about what he learned from Conference. One thing that stood out to him was how the church is going to be more spiritual and not so much to fulfill the requirement. It was cool especially with the change to ministering. Really cool to think with Conference that they want us to work extra hard to have the spirit in our life.
To finish up I want to share another story about a woman named Silvia. We were walking and she saw us coming so she dipped into her apartment. So we could talk with her. As we finished seeing the people that we needed to see we were headed back and she saw us coming. She tried to hide again but her dog went barking at us so she couldn’t hide. As we talked with her she really to have her heart softened as we talked about it. When we offered her a Book of Mormon. She got a big smile on her face and she said yes. It was really cool to se ether excitement to receive the word of god. I won’t be able to teach her because she is not YSA aged. But she will be a good person for the other elders to teach.
Hope you have the best week ever! Let me know if I can do anything for you.