Happy St. Patrick's Day! And yes, I am wearing my green tie, and for proof I'm sending a picture of me wearing it that I took while writing this!
This last week was pretty good. It all started off with meeting the new Elders and Sisters in the zone, which is always nice as it helps build friendships with the other missionaries.
Spent much of the week trying a different approach to finding new investigators, over the past couple weeks we have been trying by our many potential investigators, but this week we decided to try something different. Less active members. So far it hasn't really been all too successful, but you never know what will happen!
I got to go on exchanges with the other set of Elders in my ward here (I'm not sure if I ever said but there are four Elders serving in my ward). Which was a really good experience. I got to spend Sunday in the other half of the ward, but Elder Rupper actually did the math, and other than sleeping time, there was only about 5 hours that him and I were actually separated because of church, other meetings, and dinner. But it was still a good experience.
And now for the really exciting thing! This last Sunday I...drum-roll please...gave my first talk in Sacrament meeting as a missionary! This last Wednesday Elder Rupper and I got asked to speak in church. Him speaking about tithes and offerings and I was to speak on faith. I thought my talk went really well, and there were a few people who actually commented on how good it was, or how they took notes from my talk, so that made me feel really good. Some of the things I liked best as I prepared for my talk were: a proverb President Uchtdorf quoted in his First Presidency message in the January Ensign, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now." I compared this to the "seed/tree of faith" in Alma 32; a story in the January Ensign entitled "Can He See Me?" that dealt with a 5 year old boy named Daniel and was a great story about childlike faith; and a dictionary definition that really defines faith simply, "Complete Confidence."
To end, I just want to share one of my favorite verses from Alma's metaphor of the seed of faith, 32:41, "But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life." I love this verse because it really emphasizes how important it is to continually work at growing faith, because faith is not a passive word, but an action word.
Well, that's all for this week! Thank you for all the support!