November 11th, 2013
Monday we didn't do a whole lot except we had a really fun P-Day where we played pool in our apartment office and played Monopoly deal and wrote letters, ate candy, etc. Our district is pretty sweet.
Tuesday was a great day. We had a lesson with a cool guy me and Elder V met awhile back that we haven't been able to make contact with, and I felt like we should go by and he was home and we taught him the Plan of Salvation. He is semi-interested and had some good questions. He didn't come to church and we weren't able to set-up a return appointment so hopefully we see him this week. We taught a lady named N and really tried emphasizing how church, praying, and reading the Book of Mormon will bless her family because she has had tons of missionaries teach her and she always says she is semi-interested but will never go to church and doesn't really progress. Sure enough she didn't come to church again. We had a lesson with J and it went well. A got after him I guess and told him he was doing things the wrong way and needed to forget everything else and focus only on the Book of Mormon and whether it's true or not. He says that has gone well so far which is sweet to hear.
Wednesday we had Zone Meeting and it was awesome. Our Zone Leaders are really sweet and gave great training. The sisters from R (sis. J from my MTC district) gave an awesome training on charity and missionary work. It was inspiring and the Zone is sweet. It was cool to talk with Elder S, Elder V, and Elder D again, my former companions. Other than that we just stopped by a lot of former investigators and less actives. We have almost completely knocked-out the names from the area book, so we are having to come up with other things to do.
Thursday we had another lesson with M and she is awesome. She read a little bit from the Book of Mormon. She continues to want to learn and we are going to try and get her husband more involved too. We taught about the first half of the Plan of Salvation and she was eager to learn about the rest of it. She couldn't come to church because of her husband doesn't want her to but she is really cool. We had weekly planning and our Bible Study which was still a poor showing of only two members. It's too bad because the lessons are usually really powerful and awesome and if we could get nonmembers there it would be great. That night we started our double header of exchanges. I took Elder L to our area and Elder T went to Round Rock. Elder L is the one from Saratoga Springs and has been out for 2 transfers. we had a fun day and it was a great experience to lead the area for the day too.
Friday we had a lesson with M and we brought Sister W She was super awesome and even brought jam for Marilyn. We resolved every concern she had but in the end she wasn't willing to commit. We set up a bunch of lessons with less-active and part member families that the ward council gave to us so we have a pretty stacked week so far. We had dinner with the S and again I can't emphasize enough how awesome they are. I straight up told them that they are an amazing example to the ward and their families and all they are going through and a great example to me of faith and obedience, because really they do so much for us. We also had a lesson with a member family on member-missionary work. We exchanged back and hustled to get to our next exchange. I thought I was spending the day in the Spanish branch, but Elder G our Zone Leader just came here.
Saturday was filled with appointments that fell through which was too bad for the exchange. We helped V move out which was a little sad to see since I consider her like basically one of my baptisms since she moved in the week after she was baptized and I've done the teaching since then, but she is in a better situation now. She is so cool and nice and hopefully the ward treats her well. We also talked to some great people and set up a few lessons for this week. Elder G is a super good missionary and is really bold. Overall it was a fun exchange and I learned a lot. Also, we had dinner with the K family who moved here from Cedar Hills a few months ago. Weird huh?! They only lived there for two months and they were in the other stake. Sister K actually grew up in Cedar Hills back when it was a rock field so she didn't know anyone that we know.
Sunday was sweet! It was the Primary Program featuring the children of Brushy Creek. They did awesome! It was all focused on being a child of God and the restoration which was sweet! One girl I don't know very well got up and talked about how she gave a Book of Mormon to her teacher and talked with them about it and now is going to invite her to be taught by missionaries. We had no idea and it was awesome! Oh, we also had to sing a reverence hymn before church so we sang "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" with a few men in the ward. I sang the baritone part which was easy. Elder T was a little nervous since there were like 300 people there and he has no choir experience, but we did well. It was combined with the Spanish branch, tons of people invited friends, and it was a Linger Longer. We met a bunch of nonmembers and unfortunately no lessons set up yet, but several ward members are going to work with those they brought to have a FHE or something with us. Bro F and the youngest four came, so E was there and they liked church and the Linger Longer. The F really love us, we just need to get the older sisters interested and the mom active again. Elder's Quorum was really fun because we played Jeopardy and my team picked me to be the spokesperson and it was a fun environment. The men were joking with each other and me and they seem to really like us missionaries which is a cool feeling. Especially Bro A, Bro S, and Bro B (C3PO). Overall it was a fun day.
Well I'm learning so much and trying to get better everyday. The Book of Mormon is so awesome and I am getting so much out of it. I also started reading it again in a small copy and marking everytime it testifies of Christ and I can firmly say that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. It explains better than any other book why He did what He did and why it was needed. It was written for our day and contains the fulness of the gospel. The Book of Mormon along with the restored church has everything we need to know. I've gained a greater awareness of why we need to share the gospel. People are missing 531 pages of scripture that draw us closer to God than any other book, testifies of Christ, was written for our day, is the convincing evidence that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that this is Christ's church on the earth, and that the priesthood has been restored to the earth, and that is just a portion of its divine origin and purpose. It means so much to me and my testimony of this church. I know it is true. Thanks for all the love and support!
p.s. Here is a sweet quote about the Book of Mormon:
"Few men on earth, either in or out of the Church, have caught the vision of what the Book of Mormon is all about. Few are they among men who know the part it has played and will yet play in preparing the way for the coming of Him of whom it is a new witness.... The Book of Mormon shall so affect men that the whole earth and all its people will have been influenced and governed by it.... There is no greater issue ever to confront mankind in modern times than this: Is the Book of Mormon the mind and will and voice of God to all men?" -Bruce R. McConkie
November 18th, 2013