This has been one of the coolest, fastest, and funniest weeks of my mission. We were able to find some new hispanics to teach and had some great lessons with less active members of the branch. Here are some of the stories from this week:
We visited some of our investigators out in Fort Hall. We were going home when we decided to stop at a former investigators house. We start to walk into their yard, and they are smoking outside… classic. Anyway, we were walking up to the yard, and there was a little mean devil of a dog (I’ve told y’all a little about the creatures that are in Fort Hall LOL) just a little bigger than a chihuahua growling, barking and snarling at me. I bent down to try to calm it down but apparently that just made it even more mad. I backed up. As this was happening, Elder Smith was unaware of the dog’s anger, started walking into the yard through the fence. The dog started hissing and growling at him. Just as it went to bite Elder Smith, he kicked it right in the face! It freaked out and ran away. The investigator cussed him out and told us to leave. I was really sad and super mad at such a stupid move to kick like a 15 pound dog, but eventually I just got over it and started to laugh about it. We will go back and see them another day haha!
At zone conference with Elder Anderson of the Seventy. We had a really cool training and then a Q&A sort of thing. Some missionary asked how we are supposed to leave home and forget our families. The crowd went silent. He answered with the most spiritual power I have ever felt. He read the first 5 verses of D&C 31* If you are not familiar with the story, I would read it. I looked around and everyone was feeling the exact same thing, even one of my buddies who is going home to see his family in 2 weeks, felt the exact same significance. It was really cool.
This was an awesome week and I hope you all had the same!
1 Thomas, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.
2 Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.
3 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.
4 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.
5 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.