Monday, October 1, 2012

Service 10/01/2012

Hello Everyone,

We had quite a busy week last week.  It started off a little slow as far as meeting with our investigators, but we made up for it by doing a bunch of service and street contacting.  We spent a lot of time moving people in to houses and doing some service projects in peoples yards, which was pretty nice.  I have come to really enjoy doing outdoor work when people ask us for their help.  We met a few really great potentials, but they all lived outside of our area, so other missionaries get to meet with them instead.  

We did find a new guy this last week while we were looking through the ward roster for a less active lady.  The woman just married her husband about a month ago I think it was and he is a wicken minister (I don't know if thats how you spell it).  When we got over there, he was telling us how he had missionaries come over in the past, but they never came back after a couple of visits.  He expressed interest in having all of the discussions and learning about the church, so we set up a time to see him and his wife this week.  He made it pretty clear he didn't want to join the church, just wants to learn about the church.  He was really nice though and he's got some potential.  

As far as our investigators are concerned, Forest is awesome and is so excited for his baptism on the 13th.  He got up in priesthood and was talking about how much  he has loved his experience in the church and how friendly and welcoming the ward has been to him.  Every time he reads from the Book of Mormon, and every time he prays he feels the spirit and he knows that this is right for him.  His decision is softening the hearts of his family as well and he will be a great influence to his whole family.  

Hernan and Amada both work now and it has been difficult to catch both of them home at the same time, but they love coming to church and when they can't come themselves, they arrange with the members to have their children go.  You can tell that they know going to church is important to them, and they love the spirit there.  I am sure that they will eventually be baptized as a family, so we continue to work with them and answer the questions that they have. 

Hailey is such a great person to teach.  She is the teenager who wants to get baptized, so her dad made a deal that if she will read the Book of Mormon and Bible and convince him it's a good idea to get baptized, he will let her do it.  We had a lesson with her yesterday at the Cranstons (her member friends) and it was a really great lesson.  She has such a strong and pure desire to follow Christ and be baptized.  We talked about family and how the gospel is meant to bless our families as a whole and invited her to talk to her parents about taking the missionary discussions, which she seemed pretty excited about.  I have never found a greater example of someone who was "kept from the truth only because they knew not where to find it."  Now that she has found the truth, she will grab hold of it, and she, just like Forest, could be crucial in helping her family come to the gospel.  

We are seeing great miracles in Moses Lake and are loving every moment we have to find and to teach people the gospel of Jesus Christ.  My testimony grows stronger and stronger every day as we study the scriptures and go out with diligence to find and teach these people.  I am looking forward to a great week and hope you have a great week as well.  Love you all. =)

Elder Stacey

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