Monday, February 6, 2017

Wheat & Tares

Hey! This week was a little tough on us. We have a goal to baptize 4 in the month of February, and we have had 5 on date for baptism the last month or so, and this week 3 fell off. This week, we get a phone call from a member named Miguel. He is the husband of Rosa and the dad of Rolando- who were both on date for the 11th. To make a long phone call a short story- We got dropped. Rosa does not want to be baptized again, and they both do not want to be married. They are afraid to commit to each other- which is hard for me to understand because they have ben together for 10 years already. Anyway, they said they would still come to church...but they did not. 

Victor has been to church once, and we have taught him three times, but he does not want to continue on with baptism. He feels like God put him in this certain path and he feels good about it. I told him after we had taught the Plan of Salvation this week that it was no coincidence that God led him here, to this church, to be taught by us. God will use different means, and put people in different paths, that will eventually come to one single path leading to him. There is not one way to be led to the Gospel, but their is only one gospel to lead us to our Heavenly Father.

Martha and her two kids did not come to church again, although they keep promising us they would- since before I even got here. Saturday night we went over to her house, and there was some contention you could feel between her and her daughter…We found out why! Martha crashed her daughter's car into someone else this week, and her daughter was super salty about it. Martha had felt super not happy, and she described "hopeless" and "discouraged" and "depressed." She did not feel like doing anything. We really felt for her, and when we talked to her on sunday, we testified of the atonement, and really helped her realize that by praying, reading the scriptures and coming to church that she wouldn't have to feel that way. I shared what Jacob in the Book of Mormon taught about the word of God: "…the pleasing word of God…health the wounded soul." (Jacob 2:8). We prayed with her and she mentioned how much better she feels when we come over to teach and help her. That is the spirit of God. When we teach somebody, they can feel a portion of that. If they really have a desire to learn, they will want to feel that Spirit more, and that will lead to conversion. 

We were going through some former investigators the other day ,so we decided to visit a former named Moses! He is super cool! He explained what the other missionaries had taught him, and he really wanted us to start up visiting him and his wife! side note- this guy is 60 years old, has 34 grandkids and some great grandkids and looks 35!! We met an 82 yr. old black guy named John on exchanges, and he looked like he was 50!! These guys don't age! It is awesome!!!!!!--Anyway we explained the importance of a temple sealing. Family is huge to them so it seemed natural. We taught that baptism by proper priesthood authority is the first step towards that temple sealing! He was so stoked to talk with us, and said he couldn't wait to talk more about baptism next time! We have a lesson with him this week, so next week I'll let y'all know what went down! 

These last 2 weeks there have been several mornings where we were looking for keys to the car. Every time, we find them in the door still. I KEEP LEAVING THE KEYS IN THE DOOR AT NIGHT! GEE WIZ! glad that nobody has stolen us yet…

Every french fry down south must be cajun seasoned. It is a southern thing, and it is good. all y'all should go get yourselves some cajun fries.

This morning we went ice skating! We went to the ice rink where the Greenville Swamp Rabbits play! They are a farm team for I think the Rangers??? Not sure… anyway- hockey skates are way easier than the other kind, I forget what they are. I fell so many times…it hurts!!! Mad respect for hockey players now. Ice skating at high speeds, while being checked into walls and slashed by other players hockey sticks would be horrifying. 

We had dinner with an investigator Monday night named Chris. It was dang good!! The food, and as he termed it "the fellowship". He is on a paleo way of eating, so we had pork chop, and some dang good other foods which were super healthy… We are trying to eat healthy, but neither of us are cooks! Any tips? haha

On Sunday we had such a good church service. We both bore our testimonies in sacrament meeting and two other member bore theirs about missionary work, and one brother told the whole congregation that if they want to see pros in action, then go out and teach with elder fife and his new companion. I thought that was pretty cool. I really hope that we can make a difference in this ward, and that we can unify it through missionary work. We have great leaders, and our ward mission leader magnifies his calling well. The work is picking up and it is exciting!

Some scriptures that stuck out to me this week in studies:
Alma 37:44 "For behold, it is…easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point you a straight course to eternal bliss"

Helaman 3:29-30-- look it up

Helaman 5:6-7---
 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.
 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.

In this chapter, Nephi and his brother Lehi wo are sons of Helaman are remembering the words that he spake unto them. We see much fatherly counsel in the book of mormon, and I love this counsel he gives.  I love this because our names have so much power. This week a girl asked us we are Christian. She asked if we had ever thought about not being a Christian. Just as in this verse, we have taken a name upon us. the name of Jesus Christ, through baptism. It is so important for us to represent him in all we do. I have received so many blessings, and have had so many spiritual experiences that I cannot deny that God lives. I will always be a Christian. As I was writing this a scripture from the new testament topped in my head: 1 John 2:6 "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked."

Be an example. Don't be a hypocrite. Remember who you represent, whether it be in work or at school, or in church.

AND...Go Pats!! love y'all

how many bikes can you strap to the back of your car???

As Zone Leaders, we attend all the District Meetings. This is the Simpsonville District:
left to right, back to front:
Sisters Wilmott, Janke, Baxter, Elder Wolfley, Black, me, to my right: Elder Ewell, to my left: Elder Wilkes, then Parkinson, Griffiths, then below is Dawbarn who is on top of Elder Smith. Elder Smith is 6'8'' and was state champ in basketball at Bountiful HS.

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