Monday, August 11, 2014

Aug. 11, 2014

This week has been much more calm and I've really been able to focus on the work. We had lots of cancelled appointments by investigators all week but we were able to find back ups to help fill in. Because of all the cancellations, we actually have found about 20 new people so that has been really amazing! We also got the chance to do service for a number of different ward members. We did service for a man who builds semi-pro race cars and that was a blast! (See picture below of Elder Z and Elder B by a race car.)

Elders Z and B are fantastic and I'm so grateful they are my trainers! As we work towards being exactly obedient, and building relationships with members (We went out with 6 different members last week!), we are seeing a number of miracles in our area. My favorite example of that this week is actually a man we met yesterday named M. 
Early in the week we were feeling disappointed that so many appointments were getting canceled, so we decided to have a fast on Tuesday. The fast went well, but we didn't begin to see the blessings until a few days later (namely, M and a few others). We got his address as a media referral from church headquarters and we had dropped by on Wednesday to see if he was there. He wasn't so we left a pass-along card with our names and phone number on it. It kind of faded to the back of our minds until he gave us a call on Saturday and we were able to schedule an appointment for Sunday evening. We brought a member from the ward with us and dropped by his house and he was there waiting for us. As we asked him questions and got to know him, we could tell that he had enormous potential and seemed very elect! He had come in contact with the church through researching some of his favorite YouTube channels, after he found out that a number of them were Mormons. He felt that he should order a Book of Mormon, and he also felt he should call us back when he found the card after praying about it for a day. The lesson went amazing, the Spirit was booming, and it was just wonderful to take part in that experience. We were able to invite him to read the Book of Mormon and pray, and to accept a baptismal date for September 7th!!! It was the best! It really strengthened my testimony that God will lead us as we try our best to serve him. 
We also had the opportunity this week to give 5 different priesthood blessings and I always love the Spirit that is present in those. So all in all, the mission has been fantastic and I'm absolutely loving it! I'm still working on not saying "Cool" or "Awesome" but my companions are helping with that.  

The atonement is the best!! As missionaries, that's the focus of everything we teach.  :)

Thanks so much for the email!!! Love you!!! Church is true ;)

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