Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Busy Families 5/20/2013

This week has been a beautiful week.  Wonderful sunny weather, with a little rain, has been frequent throughout the week.  Also the beautiful green that is finalizing too.  I love nature.  It is also a great time to be a missionary.  One great problem we have had these past two weeks are busy families.  Extra-curricular activities, end-of-school stuff, that will all end in just a couple weeks=)  I have to admit, being so long as a missionary, it can sometimes be hard to remember that people have lives outside of us teaching them.
     Anyway, like I said, it was a good week.  We had zone conference this last week which was good.  One thing that was emphasized quite heavily this conference was obedience.  It was an answer to my prayers actually because that is something that has been on my mind a lot recently.  Many people we talk to, especially recently, have had real issues with being obedient; either just not wanting to be obedient to commandments, or for some people, the principle of the need to be obedient to commandments to receive blessings(I hope that made sense).  But either way, the training was great and it really helped.
     We had a baptism this weekend, and it was a great one.  I don't know if I ever actually told you about Ty.  The Escalanti's are active members of the church, and Ty is their youngest son.  They wanted to wait for him to be a bit older to be baptized, and they wanted him to have the missionary discussions, so he turned 9 a few weeks ago, as we were teaching him, and he was baptized this weekend.
     Heather and her family came to church this week, but we are kind of worried about them.  We really think she is just putting baptism off now.  We will be teaching her tomorrow, and we pray that we can help resolve some more of her concerns.
     Many of our investigators are not really progressing, so after talking it over and praying about it, Elder Cisternas and I felt that the best course to help these people in the future would be to drop them and focus on finding people who are prepared right now.  Dropping an investigator is probably one of the hardest things to do as a missionary, but I've realized that sometimes that's the only thing you can do at that point.
     We have found at least one guy to is really promising, who I may have talked about a couple weeks ago.  His name is Phil and we tracted into him.  We were able to teach him the Restoration on his doorstep and commit him to read the Book of Mormon.  He was going into surgery later that week, so we were not able to meet with him after that for a week.  We contacted him yesterday though and he still wants to meet with us, so we are going to teach him this week.
     That's about it from me this week.  Love you all and hope you have a great week. 
p.s.  Congratulations to Richard for his graduation=), and to Michelle and Mike for a new kiddo=).

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