It’s true, sometimes I feel the need to break out in random dance in public, but the missionary guidebook advises against doing that; however, it was a fun week in spite of that!
A former investigator contacted us out of the blue and had us come and visit her, so we were confused but hoping that she was ready to learn. It turned out that she had had a prompting to call us and invite us over, well, so that she could basically advertise a product to us… So we sat through this and she informed us very well on this product, and now we know. I was trying to figure out why in the world she was prompted to do this, but in the end she told us that she wants us to come and teach her more! Trust in the Lord, because he knows what he’s doing, even through people who have no clue what they themselves are doing, like us missionaries. That’s why we have to rely on the Spirit!
Here’s my new sweet insoles (thanks Abuelito)…
We had another former contact us the other day and had us come visit to talk about the movie God is Not Dead or something like that, I’ve never seen it, but through her interest in it we were able to teach her about the Plan of Salvation.
This week, everything has been pointing us to working more with members. This mission is defined as a “finding mission,” and there are usually very few baptism and little involvement from people we find because there are already so many different religious influences here in Michigan, but, it has come to our attention that there is more that we can be doing to help strengthen our individual unit, and work alongside the members of the ward to uplift each other, bring back those who have fallen out of the boat, and find those who are searching for the boat and cannot find it. Yesterday, two more less active people we visited last week came to church for the full three hours and one of them is striving to soon have the Melchizedek Priesthood. I’m learning that although baptizing and confirming people as members of this church, which is the kingdom of God on earth is extremely important to strive for, it is not all that missionary work is. Not even close, although I do hope to have the opportunity to baptize sometime during my mission.
God is allowing us to go through a rough time right now, and I’m grateful for it. We are losing investigators, and are trying hard to find others, but finding rates are extremely low right now, especially with school having started. We will continue to have faith and trust in the Lord and I know he will lift us out of this hole and only time will tell what he has in store for us at the end of all of this.
Lastly, I just had to mention that yesterday I got the chance to play the guitar for the first time while on my mission and it was such a nostalgic feeling! There’s so much more I could share but I do have to go.
I love you all, I really do, and I hope all is well with you. If you ever want to send me a short email letting me know how you are doing I probably won’t have a chance to answer specifically, at least for a while, but I will definitely read it and love it. 🙂
Stay strong my friends, and I suppose I will see you sometime after 690 days from now!