Well, this last week we had a really cool thing happen here in the ward. A giant party that was planned solely so the members could invite their non-member friends. It was held at a member's property....and it's a BIG property. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of it during the missionary activity, but I have a couple from a zone activity we had there a couple months ago, so I'll attach those so you can see how large it is. One thing that made me a bit sad was the fact that the main attraction there was the giant (and by giant I mean lake-sized by legal standards) pool. The only reason why I was sad about it was that missionaries aren't allowed to swim.
Anyways, back to what the party was about...the goal was to have the members invite their friends so that their friends could see that us Mormons do in fact have a normal social life. Elder Wongsuwan and Elder Daley, along with Elder Bird and myself, are really hoping that these people will want to now learn more about what their friends believe. And I've heard that at the party itself some of the non-members were asking their member friends to tell them more about their beliefs. So that is a good sign! We really think that we will be able to visit and teach a lot of these people due to this very well done activity.
One of the coolest parts of the activity was that instead of just going around talking to people all night, they actually had us four Elders serve the food. What this means is that everyone at the activity, member or more importantly non-member, interacted with the missionaries in some way. So that was really cool to be a part of that!
The rest of the week was a bit less exciting than the missionary activity. Though it was still good. We have a lot of potential investigators that we're hoping to contact during this next week, and we are really hoping to contact our investigator that we do have. Other than that we had some really good lessons with a couple less active families and with some member families. But yeah, the rest of the week was not as exciting as last Saturday.
So, this last week I have been reading in the war chapters in the Book of Alma, but there was one thing that I saw that really has stuck out to me. In Alma 50, there is a verse that I found really interesting. It goes, "But behold there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni, yea, even at this time, in the twenty and first year of the reign of the judges." What I found interesting was that even though they are in times of war, the people were still incredibly happy. And if we look back at when Nephi was alive, it says that they "lived after the manner of happiness" by living the commandments of God. So what I take this to mean is that whether it be in times of peace or turmoil, those that live by the commandments will always be happy because of the blessings that God provides.
Well, that's what I have for this week. Thanks for all the support!