From: Joseph Weiss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: November 16, 2014 at 6:54:33 PM MST
This cuban guy just came into the library and blasted me with Spanish... blasted is a nice way of putting it. More like obliterated. Gwiz I'm trying but it's difficult keeping up Spanish when there's no one to talk to. I'll have to play soccer with some Mexicans when I get home and learn all the bad words. Mexican lingo is very dirty, I found out from Elder Urbina. All those words I heard every day at soccer practice... turns out they are really bad.
This week we fell short of the standard of excellence. We have no baptisms lined up and we found 2 new investigators (not 3) but we are still moving forward. We have found 5 new investigators in the two weeks I've been here. I think this area really needs it. "As the good book says" "How long can rolling waters remain impure?”. If we are finding new investigators all the time our teaching pool won't be filled up with investigators that aren't ready. As we find we harvest and plant seeds and BOTH are essential.
This week we went to follow up on a new investigator that dodged our first appointment. Nobody was home so as we walked back to the car we saw a man sitting outside with his kids watching them play while he was drinking a beer. For some reason I had this fear that he would be really nasty to us but I knew that I "should" talk to him. We decided to knock the neighbor who ended up rejecting us before we could even say a word. Then we went and talked to the man and he was nice as! We spoke for half an hour. He said that he's never really had that "BANG" experience when he knew God was true or which path to follow. So I said to him... "BANG!" He laughed and we set up a return appointment for the following Saturday.
Friday we stopped by Brother Berze's house to ask about a referral he gave to missionaries a long time ago that we found in our area book. He actually was very sick and so we gave him a blessing. We set up dinner for Sunday so we could come back and meet the whole family. As we were walking out we saw this young women across the street standing in her driveway waiting for someone. We went a spoke to her about her beliefs in God. We asked if she'd like to meet with us at her neighbors house sometime and she said she'd be open to that. So Saturday night we talk to sister Berze and ask her if she can invite the neighbor girl Melissa over for dinner and a lesson. Sister Berze pulled through and did it. DING! New investigator through a member!
Members have neighbors like this that are just waiting to be invited. Have you done what's necessary to save the souls of your neighbors? It is necessary that we live in the world so that we can help our neighbors hear the message of the Gospel. If that wasn't necessary we could just lock ourselves into isolation like The Brethren #nowindows #googleit. MEMBERS ARE FULL TIME FINDERS! What are you doing to find the elect? You first need to strengthen your faith that God is preparing people that you can help. Study the doctrines of missionary work regularly and then GO FIND THE MIRACLES!!
Love you heaps!