Monday, August 11, 2014
Another week has come and gone in the blink of an eye. And here is what happened!
Spent a lot of time this week with our investigators that are moving. And it is really sad that they are leaving! But that's the way life goes sometimes. Anyways, we have been trying to help them out a lot this week with finishing packing and cleaning stuff up. It has been really good, they have expressed multiple times how grateful they are that we have been there to help, and those are the moments that really make being a missionary worth it in my opinion, knowing that you have been able to help someone out and make their life a little bit better.
I'm going to be sad when they move, but we have already talked to them about having the missionaries come to their new place, and they fully want to continue meeting with the missionaries, so I think that everything will end up for the best.
One fun thing that happened this week was that we had zone conference! Which was really good! I always love the chance to hear from President and Sister Kendrick! A lot of really awesome stuff was shared at this conference, with a lot of emphasis on working with members and staying accountable for our work.
And then something else really awesome. One of our investigators came to church! He is a 9-year old boy that we have been teaching, along with his mother who is a less-active member, and we went by this week and taught the Plan of Salvation (which he said he already knows it is true, which is awesome!). And then yesterday, we weren't really expecting them to be there, but a few minutes before Sacrament meeting they came in and sat down on the row of chairs in front of us! It was awesome!
On that note...Sacrament meeting itself was really cool. Remember how last week I said that a lot of missionaries have been coming home here recently. Well, yesterday two of them gave their homecoming addresses! It was so full! And they both gave really good talks!
Spiritual thought...I have been reading in the early chapters of the Book of Alma this week, and in the 1st chapter there is the story of Nehor. And in the story, Nehor starts to teach false doctrines, and leads many people away from the Church. Over the course of events, he encounters Gideon, a faithful member, and eventually Nehor kills him. Nehor is punished for his crimes, but the point I want to make is in the next few chapters, and really throughout the rest of the Book of Mormon, there are many references of dissenters and Anti-Christs being followers of the teachings of Nehor. And so we can really see the negative effects that one man can have on a civilzation. On the flip side, Abinidi has a major positive effect on the people of the Book of Mormon, specifically in this part through Alma, the son of Alma, Abinidi's only convert. Alma gives up the judgement seat to go and preach the gospel, and many are converted and are blessed. So what I am really trying to say, but probably not very well, is that we never know the impact that we will have on people, so let's let our lights shine forth and have a good impact on others.
Thank you for all of your support!