Monday, May 2, 2016
#whendoorknocking, "we also help people learn about their ancestors..." "I DON'T HAVE ANY!!!!! get off my door!!!"
You know what I wasn't even mad, I was just impressed that she had no ancestors!!! How were you born?!?!! I have been trying to wrap my mind around it all week =p.
I got so sick of my hair being long and not having a member or a missionary wanting to cut it so I got my buzzer that I stole from the Alpena apartment when I went back there on a trade off and I cut my hair my self! HOLY!!! I look DANG GOOD! Infact I think I like it better than many of my hair cuts I have had on my mission. All I had was two mirrors to reflect off of each other, it took a while but it looks great!
This week I saw the most Gander thing In the World! We were driving and a man rode past us on his rusty lawn mower on the side walk. He was shirtless, large belly, loads of grey hair, wrinkly, bald, missing teeth, a beer in his cup holder, holding a cigarette and obviously riding a lawn mower on the wrong side of the road asking for a bicycle and him to crash as he ascended up the hill and around a corner where the bike would have been blind to it. My Eyes have seen the glory!!!! =p
We taught a less active this week who we have never met before. I sat there and hit him with multiple questions listening very intently to know when I should ask another one and on what topic. I Hit the gold and he spitted out his concerns. Turns out he has schizophrenia and one time at church the voices in his head started kicking up and they were much louder than usual and they told him that "the church is going to Bomb your (his) home!". I was not equipped with a scripture adequate enough to resolve that concern. In fact was rather shocked and did not know what to do or say for multiple minutes.....
We have had loads of success this week! Since the last time I talked to you we have picked up 6 new investigators, and currently have 5 on date to be baptized now. Our investigator pool now totals 19! One of our secrets of success for this week was we were able to contact Investigators who we have been able to seen in a while. We did that by buying a Box of Brownie mix from Walmart (the type mommy usually gets) and we made plates of brownies to deliver to less actives and our investigators.
They Worked great magic! Every person we went to contact answered the door but one. We had several lessons and return appointments because of it. They worked great magic, so good one might say these were special brownies. =p They were top die for by how perfectly they came out of the oven, every one raved about them when we saw them again.
Miya, TEACHING IS SOOOOO FUN!!!
One of the investigators we picked up this week was pretty cool. She was catholic and she started off by going "I am catholic, I was born catholic, I don't understand anything but catholic!!!! and I am not looking to be baptized or to convert!". We did awesome How to begin teaching and we really instilled in her what we expected out of her by us teaching her.
Before we started the lesson I got her to open up and she told me about the death of 2 of her sons and how
she was so devastated that she prayed to know her son was ok. She then told me about a vision she had of her sons, And then expressed the peace that dwelt in her heart for weeks because of it. I taught her that that was the spirit and the purpose of the spirit testifying of truth. There was a few crazy kids running around and a loud TV going to distract them so their mother could listen. eventually the mom snapped and made all of her kids go to their room to play and shut off the TV.
The stage was set.
We taught and it was a great environment for us to teach, I went hard on the great apostasy and made sure there was a need to be able to know truth. I then passed to Elder Q where he taught about Joseph Smith and then started the first vision. When E.Q. hit the end of the second sentence the crazies of her crazies had a tonka truck and came drifting out of his bed room and around our table and was screaming and making truck noises.
His mother got ticked! And yelled for her brother who she was living with to take the kid into the room and close the door. E.Q. then finished and paused. She then turned and told us. " I am so mad that my kid came out right then! because right before he came out I got the Chills! and my heart started burning and I felt that peace that I told you about earlier. But when he came out I got distracted and it all went away." she told us that it was the spirit and that she knew that what we told her was true.
I invited her to be baptized right then and there and she accepted and set a specific date and then set up 2 more lessons for next week. She then asked Elder Q to say the first vision again. I prayed so hard that she would feel it again. she picked up her crazy son before he said it though to hold him still. He said it and she felt it even stronger. She then told us she prayed that her son would be able to relax and be able to be calm so she could listen and understand and he didn't move a muscle the whole time and didn't speak for a first since we got there. She told us she knew that the first vision really happened and she couldn't deny it....Catholics =p
I will skype call this week, i don't know any info about it, expect another email sometime this week.
Bye i love you have a good day
prepare things that you wanna talk about for our skype call
- Elder Truman Rex Crockett