Monday, September 15, 2014

Killer Week!


Mom,
This week has been fantastic. Full of miracles. Elder Jepsen and I had a killer week this week. Elder Jepsen and I got to go on exchange with the traveling elders in our mission. The traveling elders are Elders Watkins and Klima, and they go around the mission and split up and work with companionships. Elder Watkins went and worked with the Greenville elders, and Elder Klima came and worked with elder Jepsen and I. I learned so much on the exchange. I learned how important attitude is and how it is related to faith. My vision of missionary work and what I can truly accomplish has been changed. Elder Klima came and told us how if we simply have faith, the expectation that something is going to happen, and are positive about the work, miracles happen. And they did. And it was simply a change of attitude  and expecting we could truly accomplish more. I've taught more this week than I ever have in my mission. We tripled the amount of lessons per week we have been averaging, and we still had appointments cancel. We picked up 11 new investigators, and started teaching some sweet less-active and part-member families. Where to begin. First we picked up two sweet new investigators through member referrals. One of them is named Tom, who hasn't ever really had a religious background, but is dating the less-active daughter of the Scott family who referred us to him. It was a sweet lesson. We taught the restoration and are going back to teach him about the Book of Mormon tonight. He's a really good guy, and I can't wait to keep working with him. We also taught David, another member referral who doesn't believe in God, but after we taught him the restoration, he said the whole time we were teaching him, he felt this "spiritual high" throughout the entire lesson. He asked us to teach his 10 year old son, who believes in God and keeps asking him questions, and said we would be perfect to teach him. David himself said when I asked him that he would love to believe our message. He just needs to accept the reality of God and he will be there. He agreed to come with his son to church next Sunday, and the member who referred us to him is holding a family home evening tonight that we will attend with him and a few other people we are teaching. He wants to give up smoking and alcohol as well. He is so prepared. Him and his son will definitely be baptized soon. We also started teaching the Karg and Hellstrom families. Both of them are less-active and part-member families. Brother Hellstrom and Sister Karg are less-active members, and both of their spouses are non-members. Both families love the missionaries. Now with the new teaching method and short, frequent lessons, we will be able to visit with them more often and help them progress in the gospel as well. Also a less-active member named Bill Sherling Jr, who has been inactive for years, came to sacrament meeting yesterday, even though we hadn't even invited him. He doesn't seem to know too much about the gospel, but both times we have taught him he has loved it. We have taught him about the Book of Mormon and the restoration. He just showed up to church. Another guy named Bill (not Bill S.) who we haven't even taught yet also came to church, and we will start teaching him Tuesday. We were able to meet and teach a lot of members this week, including the two most recent converts in the ward, Lexi and Victor, and Victor brought his girlfriend to church. The work is truly hastening. And fall is in the air. The leaves are starting to change color. I love it out here in farm country!!! Fresh produce for days!! But there were so many miracles and it is so cool to see how if we just have faith and a positive attitude the Lord will work miracles in our lives. Haha. And Elder Klima is such a stud!! He loved it here in Schoharie. Elder Jepsen and I are convinced we are his favorite exchange. Elder Jepsen and I have a lot of fun. We work hard, but you have to enjoy yourself while doing it. And that is so cool to hear that you and the family are continuing to learn things from PMG. I love the introduction to the BOM, as well as the testimony of the witnesses.  I love you so much mom. Have a fantastic week.

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