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Well this week was quite a week. I'll hit some highlights for you:
Found a new investigator last night who we challenged to be baptized and he said, "Well, sure if I'm not doing anything." We are working on that.
Had interviews with the mission president. I requested in one of my last letters that we have a training on how to better our weekly planning. He requested that I train my zone on weekly planning. See, it's funny because it's ironic. ha!
Found this former investigator named J. at a Taco Bell. He's so cool! He's investigating again. What a stud! His address pin balled around a bit but it turns out he is on the very edge of our area!
We quite literally crushed evil with the word of wisdom. The Lord's timing is a real thing.
Timing. Let's discuss timing. The Lord's timing. All right, let's start at the beginning. So Halloween. We were trying really hard to plan by the Spirit because I thought "So, since President thinks we can plan, maybe we should prove him right." Which is probably what he was going for. But anyway. It felt like it really was not working out all. And then we got to the house of a less-active member and he opened up and said "Come in, come in" and we did and it turned out he was going to an addiction recovery facility in 15 minutes. We committed him to read the whole Book of Mormon while there and he was in tears talking about his past spiritual experiences and he's totally going to come back and it was PERFECT timing.
That was the BEGINNING. So then we really had to go to the bathroom so we are walking through a McDonalds to get to one and this group of high school students said the word "Mormons" -- so clearly we sat down and started teaching them. For an hour and a half. 9 of them. And one of them was a member and they all listened and participated and 3 were "atheists" and so we talked truth with them and they believe in absolute truth and so I said "So you believe in God!" and it was great. We totally had an impromptu lesson in McDonalds. And they thought it was a Halloween prank for a solid 20 minutes but what else is new? ha!
We also had the most guided lesson of all time the other day. T. is the man. It's like he teaches us the principle through what he's experienced in the past few days and then we slap a name on it and say "Yup, that's called tithing." "Yup, that's called the word of wisdom." "Yup, that's called blessings for reading scriptures daily." He's an absolute all-star. And our lesson was about the plan of salvation and it could have been in "The District" (a missionary training video). It was that cool.
The work is for sure picking up here. There's still much travel time and it's hard and frustrating sometimes but I have come to know that the Spirit really guides you when you let Him.
A word on studies. If we aren't studying every day from the scriptures, we need to go to a quiet place and repent. It's a commandment. And I'm finding the most effective study comes from writing a question at the beginning and searching for an answer. And I PROMISE you that if you sincerely seek an answer, you will get it. You WILL get your answer. And it will build your faith. Everyone wants more faith. I figured out this week as I looked at all my study journals that those were all my revelations on my question and answer sessions with the Spirit. That's what study and that's what church is supposed to be: a revelatory experience. But if you don't go with questions, you will never get the answers you crave or the faith you need.
IMMERSE yourself in the NAME of Christ. Read Mosiah 5 and D&C 130 and figure out the judgement. Study the topics of blood, study knowing, study truth, study, study, study. Don't you realize what you have when you hold the Book of Mormon in your hands? You have the very word of God. Time flows forward with or without us. Let it be with us.
Will you all have a question and answer session with the Spirit this week? In the words of flight attendants gone by, "I need a verbal 'Yes'." ;)
I love you all. I pray for you. I feel your prayers as well. Ask the right questions.