Monday, July 27, 2015
Happy! How's everyone doing today? I miss you all. Everything is going well here. Had a pretty good productive week, and having lots of fun as always. I appreciate all the emails I get. I hope everyone is doing well. I guess I'll jump into my week.
Warren and got to teach the restoration like 4 times. We taught one of our potentials Tyler but turns out he is shipping out for basic the next day. It's lame because he was really open to it and interested. We thought we could totally pick him up as an investigator. But we gave him our number and told him to call us in a couple months when he could and we would get the missionaries in that area to teach him. He said he would, so hopefully. Another cool thing that happened that day was Elder Johnson didn't really want to go try to see one potential lady we had there because she had kinda blown us off a couple times and he wanted to wait longer, but I felt like we should. We went and ended up being able to teach her the restoration. It was a good lesson. It was cool because we almost didn't go see her. Later we went and had dinner with Russ, he's hilarious but a character haha. He's less active and struggles with some aspects of the church but he's super nice. I think I emailed about the time we pulled up in his driveway and he pulled a gun on us. Haha. He has a fireworks business and does displays and he shot off some sweet M80s for us while we were there. He gives us a lot of crap but you just have to give it back to him and he'll like you. He said he really appreciates us coming. We taught Book of Mormon class. Then our nonmember friend Sathesh asked us to give him a ride to Hannafords to get groceries because he only has a bike and it was pouring out. Well that's against mission rules so we couldn't. But we went and got his groceries for him because he didn't have any food and some other things. He might let us start teaching him mini-lessons so we can be around more. He just wants to hang out and doesn't get that we don't really have free time. But if we can teach him anyway we can that's cool. Grandpa Tony emailed me and said I got a jury summons, that's pretty funny. I don't think I'll make it back to CA for the trial.was good. We went back out to
The entire thing is:
Our purpose, is to invite others to come unto Christ, by helping them receive the restored gospel, through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
Doctrine and covenants section 4:
1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.
After that I had to talk about part of it that I like. So I talked about "Ask and he shall receive". It's such a common theme throughout the scriptures. James 1:5-6, 3 Nephi 18-20, and a ton more repeat that same idea. Ask God, and he shall giveth liberally. It's a simple, yet powerful promise. He has that support for us in everything we do especially when it is aligned with his course. I have a huge testimony of that since I've been on my mission. The Lord has been there with me constantly. It's like he promised in D&C 84:88 "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." Pretty powerful stuff. Later after zone conference we were invited to make an appearance at the relief society pool party, mostly to eat food. Haha so we went there. All of the sisters decided to rush us and attack us with water balloons. Elder Johnson scrambled and was gone. I just stood there and took it like a man. Haha, tons hit me but every single one bounced off without breaking. I joked about us missionaries being protected by the armor of God. Elder Johnson and I had a 2 man mini water balloon fight with 3 a piece. He missed with all his, I nailed him good right in the neck with my last one. Afterwards we went and taught Sathesh the 5 minute restoration, that's all we had because he timed us. :P. He gave us 6 minutes to teach. In return we had to help him work on his accent. We were supposed to get the area book planner app for our iPads after zone conference but it didn't happen. Supposedly we'll get it this upcoming week.
Anyways. Keep up the emails, and for those of you who haven't, you should! :) I miss you all.