Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 19th - Week 30

     I don't know what happened to this week, it went by so fast. It doesn't even seem like last week happened. Tuesday was a good day. In the morning we helped a member who desperately needed our assistance paint the inside of their house white. Their landlord decided he is going to sell the house and stop renting it so the members had to pick up and start moving pretty quickly. In the afternoon we contacted a less active couple who, for some reason or another, loves us and said they're going to try and have us over whenever they get the opportunity to. However, they're always working and never home... But, at least they love us. 

     Tuesday evening we met a cool guy that works with two of our members. He asked us for a copy of the Book of Mormon. He wasn't interested in the church though whatsoever, he was just interested in what the book contains. He wouldn't agree to let us meet with him, but at least he's reading. Tuesday night we had dinner with the Campoverde family. 

     Wednesday was a busy day, we had lessons lined up throughout the entire day. Two of our lessons held but for the other two that didn't we ended up finding someone to teach right after those appointments fell through. One of those lessons was with this Hindu French Canadian guy named Mike. He lives in a less active members old home. We found him as we were knocking on the door and he walked up to us and asked who we were looking for. When we told him who we were he took us inside his apartment and showed us his collection of pass along cards we've been leaving hahaha. He asked us for more, but we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon instead; in English. He said he has a hard time reading English so I asked him if he reads better French. I don't know if he completely understood me or not but he said yes. I think he was just agreeing with whatever I said because when we went back later in the week to drop off a French copy of the Book of Mormon he told us he can't read French but he is fluent in Hindi... So we'll be giving him a Hindu copy this week. 

     Thursday we had district meeting in the morning, had an appointment fall through in the afternoon, then had planning for the rest of the day before we went to a members house to have dinner and help them with a family mission plan. 

     Friday was a slower day. In the afternoon we tried to find people but we had two lessons in the evening. The first lesson was a lost cause, but the second went well. The first lesson we had was with Bryan and we tried everything we could think of to help this kid recognize the spirit.  He was completely oblivious to everything, so that didn't work out so well. Our second lesson we had with DJ and his mom Gloria. He knows more than she does. We were teaching them the Ten Commandments and he just ended up teaching his mom while we observed. We taught them all to him first then he taught them to his mom because she didn't understand when we went through them the first time. It was funny too because as we were teaching these, he already knew most of them but his mom, Gloria, didn't know half of them. For example, when we taught the second commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing in heaven above, or things which are in the earth beneath", We asked him to explain it to us in his own words and he basically said; "only worship God our Heavenly Father and don't worship materialistic things". When his mom heard what he said she was amazed and asked how he learned that (because she didn't know the second commandment) and he rebuked her and told her its because he reads and she doesn't hahahaha. It was really funny. But after we taught the commandments to DJ, he taught them to his mom. 

     Saturday morning the Bishops storehouse was a mad house. It was super busy. In the afternoon we tried to find more people to start teaching. Then Saturday evening we had the first session of stake conference. Best stake conference ever. Elder Lancing from the seventy spoke and gave a great talk and demonstration on family history. For his demonstration at the end of his talk he had a young woman from the congregation come up to the front. Then he had he invite her parents up, and had her pick people from the crowd to be her grandparents and great grandparents. Then elder lancing had president Anderson choose a missionary to be this girls "husband" then had her pick more people from the congregation to be her kids, grand kids and great grand kids. It was really cool and really funny. 

     Sunday morning stake conference was continued. There was a new member meeting in the morning and Elder Lancing talked about the 4 steps to answering people's questions about the church. Step 1, thank them for asking. Step 2, give a short simple answer. Step 3, bear a soft testimony. Step 4, ask them to go to you for any more questions. After the new member meeting there was another two hours of conference and there was a good handful of people that spoke on missionary work. Conference was great. After conference we had lunch at the Greer's home and brother Greer told us he could come out with us for the rest of the day. I felt bad though because we didn't have any lesson planned. We ended up taking him to give an emergency blessing and took him to visit some less active women in the ward. In the evening we had a meeting with our ward mission leader so we dropped him off before we went to that. So that pretty much sums up our week. We get transfer calls this Friday.

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