Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Warm Week!

With Jesse Calvi
We have been busy this week!
Last week Monday we had a zone activity where we played games at a park and had some BBQ! It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of food! 

We met two teenagers last week and were able to set up an appointment with them for this past Tuesday.  Zack, who we initially talked to first was there like he said and his friend Chris, who lives there, let us in. We talked about the Restoration of the Church, it went well and we gave them a few copies of the Book of Mormon. We plan on visiting with them again soon!
Elder Willis
With Steph Shaw and family
We also had an Exchange on Tuesday to Wednesday. Elder Willis came over to work with me and we had a lot of fun! All day we tried to talk to as many people as we could! We talked to 21 people that day and it was so hot! We saw a man working in his garage and so we pulled over to see if we could help. He knew who we were and he even said that he had talked to missionaries before! He said that we could stop by any weekend! Sounds good to me! 

On this note, yesterday we went to visit a potential investigator and on the way we went the the opposite direction on the street (same street just numbers were going the wrong way) so we decided to use the court to make a easy U-turn, as we were doing that we saw a man in his garden and so I pulled over and my companion talked about what we do. He then said, "I love Mormons... I will be out here each Sunday drinking my beer!" haha. 

On Thursday we had service set up but we couldn't find it. Because our backup plans fell through we decided to visit Holland, our investigator. He was in and so we were able to teach him about Prophets! I know that God loves us, His children, because of the love I am able to feel for the people who I am able to teach. Teaching lessons is a privilege and the spirit can be there. I have also come to notice that the spirit may also be absent from a lesson especially when the investigator think they are teaching you.

We were able to meet with James again and the member who we brought was able to keep it on topic and simple. James also came to church! It was nice because many of the members know him, one member even set up a dinner appointment with us all!
Tilling the ground
We did some service because we are trying to serve up to 10 hours a week. We tilled a lot of ground at a non-member's home with Elder Fonua and Elder Clarin.

On Fridays we plan for the coming week, and the planning we did for this coming week took us over three days (about 9 hours of planning when it should have taken 3 hours)!  Elder Rowley (My companion) and I decided to visit as many potential investigators as we can this next week and so we went through the many names written in our records that still needed to be followed up on. (This information was written by many other missionaries who met people who have potential to learn more about the gospel and this information is kept in a book called an Area book) 

We also helped with a youth activity called the Amazing race!  The youth (Teenagers) were in 7 groups and they had to start at one point and at each station or point they would have to complete an activity in order to get their next clue! We were at Cold Stone and the youth had to write letters to missionaries serving from the ward. It was fun to see everyone sprint out of the car to us! We then helped with a few other stations which was fun! We then also got a call from Brother Little offering us dinner! We decided to meet with him instead at his house after the activity since we had just finished. 

Brenden Phung had helped us set up an online dinner calendar and so we showed sister Livermoore, who is in charge of the dinner calendar (paper calendar which is passed around during class at church) how to use the online one. We showed her the new responsibilities and even showed her a Facebook page we had created for us. (We are not permitted to use Facebook so a member set it up for us) The idea is for members to get a weekly reminder to sign up online. I am excited to see how this turns out.

We found all these pants in the apartments. An investigator gave them to the other missionaries just before us who lived here and also 2 belts. The are HUGE on me. They cost over 100$ each!

Thank you for sending me news - like email! Everyone is welcome to send me emails, except if you are female and live near or in this mission boundary. As Proverbs 25: 25 says, "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." :-)

I know this Gospel is true, and I know that God loves us all even when we think otherwise. I love being a missionary! 

I hope you will all have a great week!