Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nov. 24, 2014 in Huntersville, NC

So we got transfer calls on Saturday, and 3 out of the 4 of us will be leaving! But guess who's staying? I am! I'm going to miss these guys but I will get a new companion who will also be the district leader for Huntersville Elders, Lake Norman Elders and Sisters, and Mountain Island Elders and Sisters. There will only be one companionship in Huntersville now.

Probably one of the greatest miracle contacts on my mission so far was this last Saturday. Elder S and I were riding through a neighborhood and we saw a dad and his 9 year old daughter out bagging leaves. Elder S called out and asked if we could help and the man just looked up at us and then looked back down. This is a common rejection we get so we were about to ride off, but I had ridden past our turn over by them and so I called again to ask if we could help them. This time he looked up and said, "Sure, if you aren't worried about your clothes." I told him we were dressed casually today, we didn't even have suits on! We believe he just hadn't heard Elder S before. Anyways, we hopped off our bikes and started helping them bag the leaves. As we worked, the man told us his name was T and his daughter was H. He asked us about our missions and he seemed to know a bit about the church, but not tons. We talked with him all about missionary service and then he started "quizzing" his daughter on us in a kind of educational way. He asked her "H, do you know what is different about their beliefs and ours?" She didn't know so he asked us to tell them about the Book of Mormon. Then he asked how they could get a copy of one!! T told us he and H read lots of books together and that they would like to read it and see what it's like. We were able to give them a Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet and we will be visiting them to follow up and teach them more about the Restoration. 

We are super excited to teach them and we are praying that they will be open and accepting. Miracles do come as we get out and do our best to love and serve people. As 1 Corinthians 13:13 says: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Or, in other words, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care"

G hasn't come to church yet so we will keep working with him. He did give us a super nice calendar made of pictures from the horse rescue though! We did some service for him at the rescue.

A good General Conference talk I studied this week is "Which Way do You Face?" By Lynn G Robbins. He says:
"When people try to save face with men, they can unwittingly lose face with God. Thinking one can please God and at the same time condone the disobedience of men isn’t neutrality but duplicity, or being two-faced or trying to “serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24; 3 Nephi 13:24).
While it certainly takes courage to face perils, the true badge of courage is overcoming the fear of men."
He also shares 4th Nephi 1:27. The world today tries to change Gods standards but his standards never change. So yeah, it's just a fantastic talk, so take a look!   ;)

Hanks for all yuns do! (yuns is like yall I found out. There is also yins, younguns, Dear, honey, baby, and "Normans"  haha, all good nicknames) :)

Elder Branch

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