What a week this has been! Goodness. Sister MacDuff and I have been able to try and apply the things that we learned from Elder Aidukaitis last week. It's incredible what a difference it made! After many weeks of no new investigators, we found six in this one week! It's been incredible. Two of them are two of K's friends who are both 10 years old. We talked to their parents and they agreed to let us teach their children. It will be really tricky, we have to figure out all the details with Bishop Stewart, so we'll see where that goes. We have a lesson with them tomorrow, and we're really going to emphasize to them and their parents what a commitment it is to get baptized. Hopefully they'll be able to understand that and be willing to work hard to gain testimonies.
E, the guy that we gave the church tour to, is another new investigator! He has so many questions, really really good questions. Actually some questions that are hard for us to answer. But he really wants to know if the Book of Mormon is true! We committed him to read one page every day (he's really busy so that's all he could commit to), and we have a lesson with him Wednesday! He told us that he respects our persistence. He also told us that he wants us to come over every week so he can learn more. We didn't even have to ask! He's probably going to be a tough one to convert, he's weird about prayers and church. So I'll let you know where it goes!
Last, we have the M family. Sister MacDuff tracted into SM months ago, and we've tried her several times since I've been here and she's never been home. Well we finally caught her at home and taught her about temples. She loves the idea that her family can be together forever. Turns out her husband's step-dad is actually a member! Well, after that day, she told her husband and 12 year old step-daughter all about it. We went to visit her the other night, and they were all outside getting ready for their nightly walk. So we set up an appointment for yesterday. Turns out her husband, J, is very into his Bible. He really doesn't think that we need any more than the Bible, but he was very nice about it. Despite his beliefs, he did recognize that he has to read the Book of Mormon to know if it could be the word of God. So we taught him, S, and H about the restoration of Christ's gospel. S is so into it! Every time her husband had some issue and we addressed it, S would look at him and say excitedly, "What do you think about that, honey?" She really really wants to be with her family forever.
We committed them to read the Book of Mormon as a family and to pray to know if it's true. We really emphasized the importance of them, especially J, keeping an open heart, really desiring to know if it is true. They are going to come to Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, and they offered to feed us dinner before our next lesson on Saturday! They're awesome. I'm really excited to see them progress as a family. J actually has been to the LDS church about 15 years ago, so we asked if he would come again, and he said he would come to our church if we went to his. We told him we'd have to get permission... I'm not sure if we're allowed to do that. Anyways, they're awesome!
There is another man, Mr. A, that we met this week, but we haven't been able to set an appointment with him. He's a private investigator, so he's really busy and he doesn't know his schedule for this week yet. But he agrees with everything we have taught him so far! And he was really interested in reading the Book of Mormon. As an investigator, he told us that he analyzed us and could tell that we were honest people, so that's good. He really likes Sister MacDuff. She's so bold with him, it's awesome! We're definitely learning to be more bold with people. Like Elder Holland says, "This is eternal life!" It's a big deal!
But it really was a great week. The Lord has blessed us so much. I can feel my love for others increasing as I learn to see them more as my brothers and sisters. I have a lot of work to do to improve my teaching and other things, but I know that the Lord will help me. Plus, always having things to work on is what keeps us humble. :) Dad, Mom, Summer, Skyler, I love you all so much. I pray for each of you every day. I hope all is well with you! Write to me soon. <3
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