Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lobster and Filet Mignon!

Hey everyone!

Man another great week in the mission field is done. I love being a missionary and being able to see miracles everyday! One thing I have been seeing a lot in this area is picking up investigators, having really spiritual experiences with them and they pray and we set them with a baptismal date, and then we show up for our return appointment and they aren't there. As Elder Bailey and I have talked about it, we have realized that it is simply them not using their agency correctly, or not totally understanding why the gospel is so important. But If nothing else happens, we planted the seed that will be harvested later. So our investigators are doing alright. But yeah, we didn't see Jessica or Nakia this week, but we are hoping to either get in contact with them this week or we will probably end up dropping them. We did find a family recently though, and they are doing super well. There is the grandma and her grandkids. Sharleen is the grandma, and Ashley, Alyssa, and Mackenzie are the grandkids. They are all progressing really well! They have a baptismal date for October 31st. Which is awesome. They really like meeting with us. We have met with them everyday for the past 5 days. Sharleen says she understands the book of Mormon a lot better than the bible. Mackenzie has gone through so much in her life recently. She was atheist a year ago, and Sharleen said she never thought she would be baptized. So that's a huge miracle we have seen. We took ben gates teaching with us, and he related really well to them. It was another reminder of how powerful members are and how helpful they can be as we involve them in the teaching process. Our other investigators are doing ok. Scott didn't come to church again. And he really said he would be there. He knows that it is true, but he has a hard time keeping commitments. Hopefully we will be able to help him realize he needs to start keeping commitments if he wants to make his baptismal date of October 24th. We saw Yarilys and Jayleen Baker again. We dropped Yarilys's date for now. We are pretty sure she was antied. But her and her mom want to keep meeting with us and learning about the church. We feel that they need to come to church first before we will be able to set a date with them. So hopefully we will get them to church pretty soon here. Brother Sedlak, our ward mission leader came with us to that appointment. He's so sweet. He's really bold and doesn't beat around the bush at all, and we were able to find out where Yarilys and Jayleen's feelings were towards meeting with us. Which was good, and another example of how important members are in missionary work. We did teach ty again, although it was a week in between teaching visits. He says he still wants to meet with us, and we talked about meeting frequently with him, and he agreed to a return appointment but then got called into work and had to cancel. So hopefully he will start making more of an effort to visit with us. We did give him a book of Mormon though. Sister Bailey wasn't able to come to church because she was in too much pain on sunday morning. But we visited her a few times this week. Talked about repentance and accessing the atonement to help her understand she needs to act to be cleansed of her sins. It was a really powerful lesson. She said "I never thought of it like that." She has started reading the book of Mormon, so she is making progress. Emma was baptized last Saturday. And Bridget and Emma made it to sacrament meeting this week. Which was awesome. We are now focusing on helping bridget get to the temple. Man the Gates family are a party. You can't teach them all at the same time, they just point fingers at each other whenever something we are teaching is something one of the siblings isn't doing. We tried to teach chastity to bridget with all of them there, that was epic. Elder Bailey and I were appalled. We also picked up Ileene as an investigator. She doesn't seem to really care though, so we will probably have to drop her soon. Brittany and George are sweet. They are the Brewers cousins. But their mom isn't fond of the church, and the brewers were thinking of us teaching them at their place without the mom knowing... Yeah that's not going to work out. Haha. But yeah the work is still going good. We had zone conference and return and report this week, so that was more meetings than I originally like. But zone conference was sweet. We learned about what it really means to repent and be cleansed from our sins. We also had dinner with brother goette, which was sweet. Brother Goette is awesome! We went to outback. He's pretty well off and told us to get whatever we want, so after he ordered his two lobster tails, I ordered my filet mignon with mushrooms and cheese on top. It was really good! He was on a diet so he split one of the lobster tails between me and elder bailey. We all split a slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce for dessert. He joked and poked fun of elder bailey for getting a burger, which was pretty funny! Anyways, I love this work! Love you all and have a great week!

Elder Richins

Emma's Baptism


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