September 4, 2017
This week was quite eventful. On Monday night we watched Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration with an investigator named Bill Stacey (that's my great-grandpa's name ️). He seemed to enjoy it and believes Joseph Smith is a prophet but doesn't have motivation to change. It was cool to feel the power of the Spirit in the movie and the testimony of the members who came with us. After that we taught a recent convert whose name is also Bill. He's really cool!
On Tuesday we had district meeting and then taught an investigator named Dustin. He is 18 years old and has been reading a verse of the Book of Mormon almost every day for awhile and was strongly committed to come to church - his stepdad even said he would drive him - but he ended up having to work. He seems willing to learn but he is also comfortable where he is at and doesn't feel the need to change. We taught him on Thursday too and he seemed a little confused about the three kingdoms of glory.
That night after dinner we switched companions because Sister Barkdull and Sister Graham had a meeting to go to the next day in Tampa. Sister Frye, Sister Robertson, and I went to an appointment with a young man named Isaac that Sister Barkdull had met a couple weeks ago. We called him right before to confirm and he gave us his address and said a woman would be there. When we got there, his parents answered and said he doesn't live there and hasn't for several months. It sounds like there was some kind of falling out between him and his dad. They were concerned about him but hopeful that he had reached out to us. They had been praying for someone to help their son. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they said they would like to read it. We gave them a copy and went to leave, when Isaac's brother comes inside and says that Isaac is sitting outside waiting for us. Long story short, we go and talk to Isaac for awhile and he is very open to learning and wants to strengthen his relationship with God. We taught him the Restoration and he seemed to understand it well. When we gave him a Book of Mormon, he started reading it right away. We ended up having the elders teach him but it sounds like he is doing well!
On Thursday night, we finally found Kiki! She is really cool and she has family who are also interested in learning: a 16-year old aunt named Tiffna, an 8-year old aunt named Falda, and an 11-year old brother named Junie. We met them and set an appointment for the next day. Kiki has good memories of the church from before she moved and said her favorite thing that she learned was about Joseph Smith. The even bigger miracle is...they came to church!!! Kiki, her little aunt Falda, and stepsister Arianna were late but seemed to have a really good time. Kiki is planning on coming to the youth activity on a Wednesday. We are excited to see what happens as we continue to teach them!
Other than that, not a whole lot happened. Sister Frye was sick for most of Friday and Saturday so we were in the apartment a lot. But we went to 2infinity today, an indoor trampoline park that is owned by some members of the ward. It was pretty fun! Pictures to follow
Something I have loved this week is the miracles we have been able to see, and the fact that they don't happen by our efforts but by Heavenly Father's power. We are "instruments in the hands of God" (Alma 26:3) and sometimes I feel like we just get to sit back and watch the miracles happen. Of course, we do need to act in faith and follow the promptings of the Spirit. But we can do everything in our power and nothing will happen without the hand of God. I know He loves His children so much! Have a wonderful week!
1. This picture actually describes our relationship pretty well...
2. My companions are silly. They took this while I was in the bathroom.
3. Sister Frye at 2infinity
4. Sister Barkdull at 2infinity
5. Me at 2infinity
6. Emailing at the church