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Monday, March 12, 2018

P, J, & N

Hey everyone, 

This week has been a pretty good one.

We had a good lesson with one of our investigators named P.  We really hit on how important the priesthood is since it is Gods authority given to men, and how important it is to be baptized with the priesthood authority to make sure it is valid in the next life. He understood really well and committed to be baptized on the 15th of April. We hope that he sticks with it and continues to progress. 

We also had a great lesson with J this week where we taught the plan of salvation to him. He loved what we said about the pre-earth life and agreed whole heartedly. But once we got to the point when we talked about the 5 steps we need to follow during our life on earth (faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, gift of the holy ghost, endure to the end) he started to ask us questions about baptism and asked us about people like his mom who died without being baptized with the authority or even knowing about the authority. We then talked to him about the spirit world and how those people who didn’t have the chance to accept the restored gospel of Christ will get their chance there, and mentioned baptisms for the dead. Then even later when we talked about the qualification for going to each of the three kingdoms he came out and asked us straight up if he would go to the terrestrial kingdom if he decided to not get baptized... and after an awkward pause, I felt like we should be straight up with him too and we told him yes, he needs to be baptized with the authority from God to make it to the Celestial kingdom. Surprisingly he really liked that we answered him so straightforwardly without trying to beat around the bush, and said that once he read more of the Book of Mormon he would pray about being baptized, he even made the joke of if he dies before that point and wakes up in spirit prison he will for sure accept a proxy baptism there haha. 

Another great moment this week was during sacrament. While we were singing the sacrament hymn I got a text from our 1 councilor in the bishopric telling us there was a Spanish man in the foyer and that we should go and invite him to come sit down. So Elder Magee and I walked out and introduced ourselves to him and had him come sit with us... well he sat with Elder Magee, I had to go and translate for him, so I was sitting closer to the front of the chapel; which I was super excited to translate again. After the meeting we found out that he was a less active member from Honduras who finally decided to come and start back up with the church again. He is super cool and even went and got an interview with the bishop to get going down the right path again. He is a super cool dude and we are planning on visiting him to get to know him better this week.

Also some other exciting news is that we had 3 investigators at church this Sunday! It has been a while since I had that many show up so that was a great blessing!

Love you all, I hope you have a great week!
Sometimes people aren't home

Exchanges in New Iberia

The monster we found in a parking lot

Monday, March 5, 2018

J, B, Walmart, Book of Mormon Challenge

Hey everyone,

We had another pretty good week here in Lafayette. We had a good lesson with our investigator J this week where we taught him the first half of the plan of salvation. It is super awesome to teach him because all of his own knowledge about the scriptures and all his personal opinions that he has formed through study seem to coincide with what we teach him. It always seems like when we teach him a principle, he will tell us a story or a scripture from the Bible that supports what we say. It is awesome. He has also been reading the Book of Mormon and has enjoyed what he has learned so far.

The sad news from this week is that B moved out of our area and into the Texas mission, we are sending his information over to the Elders serving there, so we hope that he continues to get visits from missionaries, and that he continues to progress. We were really sad to see him go though.

We also had a fun experience with Walmart this week. We were walking through the  parking lot after shopping for a bit, and we have this random red truck honk at us.  We just assumed it was cuz we were in their way; so we moved to the side of the lane and started to put our groceries in the car. Then this lady pulls up next to us and asked us what we do and so we told her we were missionaries. She pretty much asked us to invite her to church and asked for our number so we could send her the address of the church, and maybe come teach her! It was super cool and we are going to for sure try to meet with her this week.

Also in my mission we have been doing a 90 day Book of Mormon challenge where we need to go through the whole book and highlight all the passages that talk about the 5 basic principles in the gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the holy ghost, endure to the end) It has been super awesome! I have been amazed especially with the number of times having faith in Christ is mentioned in that book. It is a really big testimony that the Book of Mormon really is here to help us draw closer to him and know that we really can rely on him in all the hard time of our lives. 

I hope y’all have an awesome week!!
We found this guy while washing the car

Me and Russell

Monday, February 26, 2018

J & J

Hey everyone,

We had another pretty good week this week, it was a little slower than the last two but it was  still good.

We were able to have a good lesson with J this week. We went over and visited him and his wife, and he started talking to us about how he thinks the things we are teaching are true and made the statement, "If I didn’t think what you were teaching was true, I would not be listening to you anymore." After that we started teaching him about the Book of Mormon, and he seems super excited to read it and wanted us to bring him a copy as soon as possible since we didn’t have an English one. We gave it to him on Saturday and so we hope he gets to begin reading and praying about it. 

We also have some exciting news about J (the 12 year old from the last emails) he has chosen March 25th as the day that he wants to be baptized so that is exciting! 

 I hope y’all have an awesome week!
Transferring area book to phones