We have some great progress going. As a district, we are really starting to work together well, coordinating well with the ward mission leader, working with the word council, planning activities, sharing references, planning lessons, etc., and it really feels like we have a team effort instead of each companionship working on its own. I love it. We can accomplish so much more this way, and everyone seems to be enjoying the increased success that we are having. This week we have started to find lots of new investigators, as well as to set a lot of baptismal dates. The gospel works. It just works.
We have some new investigators that we are working with and that are progressing great. Exxx is the boyfriend of Gxxx’s sister-in-law (if that makes sense). So what happens is that there is a family. The Axxx family. The father is a member, and he has lots of children. Gxxx, who just got baptized, was cohabiting with one of his sons, but since have split up and she lives with them. Exxx is the boyfriend of another one of the Axxx girls. Basically, Hno Axxx is a rock-solid member, who is incredibly diligent with scripture study and prayer. When we started teaching Exxx, he already had a habit of reading the scriptures everyday and praying, and had already started trying to quit smoking because of the influence of his girlfriend, Mxxx, and Hno Axxx, her dad. It’s awesome. Basically, they’re working on getting an appointment made to get legally married, and then he wants to be baptized! We’re helping him to set goals right now to stop smoking, and he’s progressing a lot. Also, he went with the Axxx family yesterday to visit the Buenos Aires temple. HOW COOL IS THAT? What investigator just randomly spends a month raising money so that they can pay the trip for a 7 hour bus ride to go visit the temple? He is super prepared.
We are also teaching another Gxxx, who is the sister of Dxxx. We keep teaching Mxxx and Dxxx, but they’ve got to get married still. They feed the missionaries, give us references, come to church, but still aren’t ready to get married. Not sure what we can do there. But anyways. Gxxx is really interested in the church, and so we’re teaching her now as well. We’re working on setting a baptismal date for her.
The mission is great. Besides that, not much outside the normal. I love the gospel. I say it so much, but it remains true. The beautiful simplicity and yet profoundness of the doctrine and principles of the gospel leave me in awe. I know that our Savior’s love is powerful, that it is an enabling love, a love that gives us power to change, a real power that moves and motivates us and makes us better. That is the love of Christ. That is charity. And when we have charity, which is a gift from God, we are able to help others to make those same kinds of changes through the power of Christ and His Atonement. Pray for charity every day. It is among the greatest of all spiritual gifts.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
Have a great week!
|Me with the mission sign outside the mission office|
|Some pictures from Elder Maynard's camera from last week|