This has been one of the more successful weeks of my mission. We committed another person to baptism last night, 5 people attended church, not including less actives. It was awesome! We are meeting with someone tonight and they will most likely set another date tonight. We are really excited.
We had a cool thing happen to us the other night:
We were on exchanges with the assistants the other night (we do weird new exchanges where both the zone leaders come to the assistant’s area for the day). It was a terrible day. We were rejected by antis for literally hours. It wasn’t really discouraging because we see it daily, but it was an abnormal amount of rejection. The last hour of the day, the stars aline and our investigators met together at one house. All four Elders are teaching this family. We taught in surprisingly good unity for four people. We switch the lesson to teach the restoration and it was powerful. It was as if the spirit of God like a fire was burning. One of the more powerful teaching experience of my mission. Then on the second lesson for this family, we committed the four of them to be baptized in 4 weeks! It was very special. They received it all so well, and they know that it is true. Really good way to finish an exchange
I love you all and Im grateful for your support.
This has been one of the best weeks in Pocatello. We have been blessed with success. We had 5 less active families at church yesterday for the first time in years. One of them has kids that are not baptized and now they want to be baptized. They all loved church. We taught the gospel principles class. Several of them were in tears and moved by the spirit. It was a touching experience.
Also, I had an awesome exchange with one of my good friends, Elder Horne. It was great to learn from him and hear about his experience. He returns home in March .
We had a very spiritual experience last night. We were teaching us this less active guy. At a point in the lesson, he shared with us that he wants to take his own life. It was scary. I didn’t know what to say but a overwhelming feeling of love came over us. We invited him to change and draw unto Christ. I know that he felt it too. I’m grateful he accepted the invitation to continue visiting with us. We will do whatever we can for him.
Thank you all for your support and emails.
I love this last week! Elder Boatright and I are working hard together. I really enjoy working with him. It reminds me of working with Elder Ramirez. We met with some new investigators. One of the biggest assets is the wards are cooperating more which helps us immensely. There is a lot more hope for this area. We went to a really good training meeting last week.
I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The enabling power it gives me daily to overcome my shortcomings is so incredible. A lot of people define grace as the power that saves us in our mistakes. But really it is the power that enables us to overcome our mistakes. I use it daily as I strive to be better and become more like Christ.
I hope that all of you are having a good week. Anything that you need, please let me know.
This has been a crazy fast week. We received the transfer calls and I will stay in this area. I am a little sad to report that Elder Moyes will leave on Wednesday. I’m really sad because Elder Moyes and I got along really well. My new companion, Elder Boatright from Mississippi, will be here with me. He is another one of my good friends. I am really pumped to serve with him.
I had a cool experience a couple of weeks ago. I understand what is expected from me and the attributes I need obtain to succeed in the Lord’s work, but I was stumped in finding a solution on developing them. I went into a chapel for a few minutes and prayed with an open notebook. The plan came flowing in. I wrote it down, and received the confirmation of the Spirit that it was divinely designed for me. I can so clearly see when I apply it, I succeed, and when I don’t, I fail. That is my current standard that I hold myself accountable to. Until I have surpassed some of these trials, I will stick to it.
I love you all and hope you can apply the same principle. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. Matthew 7:7 The work is amazing. Its not mine, but the Lord’s. Hopefully I can live up to the person I need to be to help the Lord in His work.