Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best Week So Far!

Hey y'all non-southerners! This week has been the best one so far on my mission! We set really good goals, and planned out very well how we would reach them. Goal setting, and planning for your set goals and then working super hard to achieve them are so important for life in general. Elder M. Russell Ballard has stated, " I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life." This is so true! if we do not have vision on who we want to become, and what we want to do, then we will not accomplish anything of eternal value in our lives.

With that being said, this week I have found out what I really want to become as a missionary. I have been working on being bold and I will continue to do so. I want to be like one of our ward members (in terms of a missionary) Brother Bates. He went to three lessons with us this week and I have learned so much what I need to improve on in my teaching skills. He is super bold, but loving, and he asks such great questions. That is what I need to work on, question asking! Questions help the investigator learn so much better! good questions allow them to find out answers for themselves, and to really think hard about whatever topic. The right question at the right time will help us as missionaries gauge where their understanding is at, and questions also will draw out the investigators concerns. Elder Bednar (member of the quorum of the twelve apostles) is one of the best examples of teaching through asking questions. Asking questions also shows that you are paying attention, and that you genuinely care for other opinion or way of thinking. I have to learn not to be afraid of silence either. silence after a question is your friend! When in doubt, ask a question.. now this doesn't have to apply to missionary work either.

So this week he hit all of our goals.. .except for the big one- church attendance (and progressing investigator since both have to correlate). We did all we could to get our investigators to church, but at the end of the day agency was what happened. That is okay though! We taught a little over 30 people this week, which is pretty good for us down here (I don't know how good that is compared to out of country?) anyway, it felt good. We planned super well and we went out and worked our butts off to hit our goals. Our area has not been what it has potential to be. last Friday the 15th, we decided to turn our area around, and we were sooo focused! It's not that we have not been focused or obedient, because we definitely are, it's just that we haven't worked until we drop because of exhaustion. working our heads off just feels sooo good! #NoRegrets. We have committed to be missionaries like Alma and Amulek... I call being Alma haha.

Our member present lessons this week were so stellar. Brother Bates has been back from his mission for 5 years and still can teach so well. Most of our previous member present lessons were normal, like just ask the members to share a certain part of the lesson and their testimony. These ones this week (we had 3 with Brother Bates, 2 with two others) were like we had a third companion. He knows his stuff and all three of us worked with such great unity!! The spirit was so strong in all three of those lessons. At a few points in the lessons, Brother Bates asked some pretty good inspired questions that the answer that the investigators gave tied in perfectly with what I felt to say.

Brother Bates went with us to a lesson with Marcelo Garcia! I talked about him last week in the letter. He is on date to be baptized for May 28th!! He is super solid. The lesson was jam packed with the spirit and he really understood. He has been investigating many churches lately. We asked him what he would be willing yo do if he found out for himself that these things we were teaching were true, and he said be baptized. It was so great.

This week we lost our gas card, our car registration and got a flat tire on the way to a member present lesson (yes it fell through). that's life though. Never have changed a tire before, but now I have! woohoo! So two valuable lessons so far learned on my mission: How to mount a television and how to change a tire. So here's the back story. We were driving to visit real quick an investigator on our way to a member present lesson. These investigators are Chris and Maria. Every time we have pulled up in front of their trailer, We run over a toy or something. last time we ran over a dollhouse! woops! I made a joke right as we pulled up that we were going to hit something invisible again.... and then we heard a pop! We hit this tool and it has like dozens of metal spikes...looked more like a weapon haha.

We did have many of our less actives at church on Sunday! It was sick! We also will be singing in sacrament meeting with a less active named Maria Perez in two weeks! First time for everything right? And I suck at singing too! Whatever it takes to get people to church!

This week 'bout to be gooood!

Our table at the flea market. We had our iPads going with slideshows of temples and of Christ
Brady, Shaw, Seamans, Maxwell, Douglas, Me, Daynes (last AP), Volmar (insta friends & DL), Blackham, Astorga

beautiful road
lots of moss hanging from the trees here...
balling in the morning- got some sick Celtic socks at the flea market. 
soccer goal... pretty sweet haha
What we ran over...
Member's sick garden thingy

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