I am really looking forward to Conference! But anyways, that is next week. Now on to this week!
This week was a pretty good week. And we had some really fun stuff, and a few really cool things happen. One of those cool things was talking to a less active lady in our ward. Elder Ball and I have tried to stop by less active members a lot in the recent weeks in hopes that we'll be able to find someone to teach through them. And we have gotten very used to doors opening, a quick, "We're not interested," and the doors closing again. But this time! The door opened, and the lady was really nice to us, and when we asked if there was any service we could do for her, she actually said yes! But she didn't want us doing anything in our shirts and ties, so we scheduled to come back the next day in regular clothes.
The next day, we came back and helped her out, and over the course of the conversation she told us that her husband wasn't a member, but she thought he would be willing to listen to the lessons if we could fit it into his really busy schedule. She also was very appreciative of our help, and even though she said that she had gotten baptized, but then started going to another Christian church because it was more entertaining, she said that she would be more than happy to have us come by and talk to her about religion. And she also mentioned that when she did get baptized, she had felt extremely happy for a while afterwards (can anyone say Holy Ghost?).
Also this week we had a cool lesson with a part member family in the ward. they are the home teaching family of one of our ward missionaries, and so he invited us to come along with him to his home teaching lesson, and it was really good. The wife is the member, and her husband is not, but her husband comes to church with her frequently, and even came once by himself! So sometime this week we plan on going by and inviting him to officially take the missionary lessons, and hopefully he will decide to get baptized!
Another fun thing this week was we got to go to the baptism of an 8 year old girl in our ward. It was really good, especially because a year and a half ago their family was pretty much completely inactive, but have since become active again. The reason why we went is because recently they have started wanting the missionaries to teach a short Restoration lesson (usually, unless the family requests something else) while the people get changed after the actual ordinance. But I really enjoyed being able to go to the baptism, and I always love the feeling of the Spirit at them.
My spiritual thought this week is based off of a quote from our ward mission leaders lesson this last Sunday, and a spiritual thought I gave in our District Meeting last week. The quote from the ward mission leader is, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing" which he applied to keeping our main thing following Jesus Christ, and to tie into that my spiritual thought was about the missionary purpose, "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." Which is how we as missionaries, or members of the Church in general, can help others find the main thing so that they can keep the main thing the main thing. It's our duty, and should be our desire, to help others come to know of the truthfulness of the Gospel that we have in our lives.
That's pretty much all for this week. I'm really looking forward to next week and the chance we'll have to hear from living prophets and apostles of the Lord!
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