Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scottish Highlanders!

Mom and Dad,
This week was great!! I got the last package with the contacts!! Thanks for the two ties by the way!! I love them!! This week was sweet!! While there are challenges to being a missionary, you always see miracles and get to see the work of the lord move forward unhindered. This week we had a sweet lesson with one of our more solid investigators, mike. He's the one from sri lanka. We were able to visit with him twice this week. The first time we just read the book of mormon with him, and the second we talked about the first half of the plan of salvation. The plan of salvation lesson was awesome! We took one of the new members, Sunny Palia with us. Sunny is from India, and he and Mike connected right away! It was really sweet. He even talked about how if he came to church, they would sit together and their families would talk together. Sunny also has a daughter the same age as Mike's little girl, so that was really sweet. Members are so sweet here, and missionary work goes so much better as the members and full-time missionaries work together. We also had dinner with the Palia's this week as well. Sunny is sweet. Like I said he is from India and used to belong to the sikh religion. He even showed us a painting of his dad with a beard and turban, and said he used to look the same. He also offered to make us authentic Indian curry the next time he feeds us, so I'm really excited for that. He's sweet! We also were able to pick up two new investigators this week, David and Yoloda. They are the nicest old couple you could ever meet. But they were kind of hard to teach. He's one of those people who doesn't run out of things to say. But he made us laugh! He said some pretty darn funny things, like "in every religion, there's people who are super devoted, who kind of believe, and who believe as much as the dog believes." Haha. He also said "Moses, Muhammed, and Joshua were all sent from God. Moses got punished though since he didn't get to go to the holy land, he went to heaven instead, so I guess it wasn't that bad of a punishment." He's a riot. We also picked up Lori as an investigator! She's really nice. She has read the book of mormon before, and she's open to talking about beliefs. But she doesn't like all the people who go to church sunday and then don't live like they should be living. She also doesn't believe in absolute truth, which is actually a very common problem here in Upstate new york. But when we invited her to be baptized she said maybe. We are going to go over the book of mormon with her this week. And that's the key. If she reads the book of mormon, she will progress, no question. The book of mormon is so important! I was able to see another miracle this week with one of the less-actives we have been working with. She said the first time we met with her that she didn't think she needed to come to church, but would let us come over and visit with her. Since then we have taught her and her less-active brother that lives with her the restoration cornerstone, the book of mormon cornerstone, and the first part of the plan of salvation. She has been reading the book of mormon, and has started reading it with her non-member nephew and niece that come over quite often. They were present in our most recent lesson on the plan of salvation, and both want their own copy of the book of mormon. She also asked what time church starts. So there is progress there. Seeing people accept the gospel is so awesome. I can't wait for all of the siblings that go on missions to experience the joy that comes from being an instrument in the lord's hands and being a part of his work, and seeing him work miracles in saving souls. We also had a lesson with the bruno children, recent converts this week. They are awesome. Logan Bruno is a little energetic 8 year old. We never get out of a lesson laughing. We were teaching them about physical and emotional health in from the strength of youth pamphlet. Sister Knudsen explained why satan became the devil and how he tempts us to do things to put our health and bodies at risk. Logan then said "and that's why Satan has horns." Haha. It was really funny. Elder Ricks and I got a great laugh about that. We also met Jeff Harvey this week, another less-active who's super busy and said we could certainly visit him, but good luck catching him when he's not working on his farm. But we did get to see his donkeys and Scottish Highlanders and get pictures with them. We also had another nerf gun war here at the church where we split into teams and play capture the flag. If you get shot, you have to go back to your base. And you try to find the other teams flag and bring it over to your side of the building. It was way fun!  I hope Sarah is doing well. By the way, the new mission president was announced. His name is Jeffery Rogers and he is from St. George! Crazy!! And President Wirthlin was at our last district meeting. Love you all and have a great week!!

Me and Elder Ricks with
Scottish Highlanders!!!

And More Nerf!!!!

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