Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grateful For the Knowledge of Jesus Christ 12/10/2012

  Hello everybody hows it going?  This week has been another great week for us.  It sounds like Utah's weather is changing and it's the same in Moses Lake.  For about 2 weeks, we were sitting at about 50 degrees in the daytime, but it has gotten a lot colder these last few nights.  We'll see if it stays cold this time.  

First of all, an awkward experience we had this week.  We were tracting this week and knocked on a door, a lady answered and after we asked how she was doing, mentioned to us that she was not doing well because she just decided she was getting a divorce.  She was not interested in talking at the time, and it was a little awkward for us.  The very next door we knock on, a lady answers and we ask how she is doing, to which she replied that she was not doing well because she just got off the phone and found out her sister had cancer.  She had to make some calls and wasn't really interested in talking to us either, and once again, a little awkward for us.  

This last week we were able to take Forests grandson, Jacob on a church tour and it was an incredible tour.  He is 17 and like I said, hasn't grown up too much with religion in general.  As we went through the tour, you could feel the spirit very strongly, and as we sat down to talk to him a little more, you could tell he was feeling it too.  He told us that everything we were telling him made sense and began trying to explain his emotions, but couldn't quite find words for it.  He wants to be baptized and when we teach him this week, we are going to work on setting a date with him.  

Marcus and Melissa are doing awesome.  Last week we taught them the Word of Wisdom and they are both committed to quit smoking.  We were able to talk to them about their experience at church last Sunday, and they both said that they were very comfortable and felt very welcomed.  Marcus came to church again yesterday and loved it. Melissa was sick, so we gave her a blessing after church.  

It's kind of interesting that when I get into a new situation with an investigator or someone else, it seems to be a repeated situation for the day or week, if that makes sense.  Here's an example.  I haven't had to deal with this situation my whole mission, but three days in a row last week, we were teaching people who have a problem accepting Jesus Christ as a savior.  He can be a prophet and an inspired man, but definitely not a messiah.  It has been a little difficult for me to teach those people with a mentality like that.  I just don't get it.  I don't know how someone could read any writing on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and come to that conclusion.  I completely agree with C.S. Lewis when he said that it is a foolish notion to think of Jesus as a great moral teacher and not to be what he said he was, namely, the son of God.  Anyway, I don't know if that made sense, but it has really made me grateful to have the knowledge I do about Jesus Christ, and especially for this Christmas season and what it means.  I love the Christmas season.  I really think it brings out the best in many people and it is just a great time to be a missionary.  I hope you all are having a great Christmas season and a great Christmas.  Love you all.  

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