Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Eventful Week 11/05/2012

Dear Everyone,

We had a great week this week.  It was pretty eventful.  Elder Isaacson crashed his bike and banged himself up pretty good.  Nothing serious, but he's been in pain ever since.  We moved out of the Hunsakers house and into Bishop Tucker's.  We had a good day on Halloween.  We invited all our investigators to the wards trunk or treat and most of them came.  We were getting sick of peoples comments about our  "great costumes" (we are missionaries) so we decided for Halloween I would dress up as Elder Isaacson, and he dressed up as Elder Stacey, and surprisingly, we got a lot of comments on it.  

Amy, one of our investigators from a couple months back, who is the mother of the girl who got baptized a month ago, came to church yesterday.  I'm sure it was a great experience for her because pretty much all of the testimonies talked about things that she needed to hear and understand.  We are hoping that we may start to be able to teach her again.  We have been thinking of sisters in the ward who might be able to fellowship her and be a friend to her as well.  

Hernan and Amada didn't come to church again this week.  They keep promising us that they will come to church and every week they end up not coming.  We have talked with them about pretty much every reason to come to church and in many different ways ranging from teaching them why we go to church to showing them all of the great things that come from coming to church and keeping the Sabbath day holy.  I really think they want to come but right now, when Sunday comes, they find other things that they feel are more pressing to their needs.  We have not really known what to do for them, so this fast Sunday we decided to fast for them and to find a way to help them progress.  I feel our prayers were answered as we went to church and talked with some of their friends in the ward about what to do.  

This week I've been thinking a lot about how the Holy Ghost works in little ways, such as the testimony of another to help answer questions people have and help them to understand the gospel.  I've seen it happen so many times, especially when it comes to church, when a talk or a Sunday school class has talked directly towards a concern one of our investigators had.  For example, about 4 months ago, while Forest was still apprehensive about tithing, our Sunday school class talked about the commandments and the importance of keeping the commandments.  One member of the class was sharing an experience of how keeping a commandment (tithing in this case as well) blessed her and her family even though it was difficult at the time.  It was a simple, yet powerful testimony that addressed Forests concern in every way.  It is a testimony builder to me to know that where we don't, and can't know everything that our investigators are feeling and going through, the Holy Ghost does, and will touch their hearts in different ways to testify to them that the gospel is true.  

That's about it from us this week.  I love things here and we are working hard.  Thats it from me this week.  Love you all.

Elder Stacey

By the way, I don't know if I've talked about Forest since he went into surgery.  He is doing good.  They think that they were able to get the tumor out before it spread, and his spirits are high.  He is going to invite his son and family to take the discussions pretty soon as well.  He is awesome.  Thank you for putting his name in the temple.  I know those prayers were answered.  Love you

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