"Are we dating the Book of Mormon or are we hanging out with it?"
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Sunday - We had our correlation meeting in the morning. Then we came home for a quick bite to eat, then church! We had Stephanie there for Sacrament Meeting, she really really liked it! Elders Quorum, we talked about the Book of Mormon, but as to be expected in the YSA ward, it kept jumping to a discussion of dating. The teacher last week said, "Are we dating the Book of Mormon or are we hanging out with it?" Hahaha it was funny. After church we had a lesson with Therese, and we taught her the Doctrine of Family History, did our little scripture chase with her, it was as always killer! Then we came home and ate some dinner, and finished our sabbath with a delightful weekly planning session!
Monday - Here is something crazy for you before I start telling about the day.. so at the compound we have only wood floors all throughout the place, so first off man I miss some good old carpet, so I have been here for a year and I have worn calluses (don't know how to spell that?) on my knees from praying so much, how cool is that am I right? :) So we taught Jackie our Family History investigator in the morning, and the internet at the church was down so we had a lesson with her instead we taught her the Doctrine of Family History work, so spirit world and temples.. and then connected it into the restoration and Book of Mormon. Then we had a good lesson with Dusty. After that we had a lesson with a girl named Yarelis, we met her on campus a few days back. We went into it thinking that we needed to teach the Plan of Salvation, so we started... and it wasn't it, but we didn't know what was it.. so we continued on, and I was just praying and praying to try and figure out what she needed, turns out we just talked to her about God loving her and we watched the mormon message The Hope of God's Light, which was it! It was on the money and it helped her a lot. Came home for a bite of lunch, and then we took some time to call our potential investigators, followed by some great contacting time. Which led up to a lesson that we had with Emilee McGee, she was the girl that we helped to move out of her apartment twice, Alex Hauter came to the lesson with us, and we taught her the Restoration, she has been all over the world, so she knows all about other religions. So it was actually super cool and she took the lesson and understood it way more than most, and so she was excited about it and the Book of Mormon! Had a brief bit of contacting before FHE, we stayed just for the spiritual thought and not the activity, then we dipped home for some dinner.
Tuesday - District Meeting in the morning, went well! We learned a bit about charity and did some good old role plays with the Pamphlets. After the meeting we headed home for a change and a lunch, then booked it back to the institute for a lesson with Jamael. We taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ, he is loving the Book of Mormon and loved the lesson. Afterwards we hit the contacting, had a really good time, met some great people. Carlile and I taught a girl named Brittani on the spot on campus, while Otu just OYMed.. we taught her the Restoration.. she was easily the most solid and knowlegeable person in terms of Gospel things. So it was lovely, we agreed on so many things.. but she didn't believe us when we talked about Joseph Smith and the First Vision.. but we gave he a Book of Mormon, so that should settle that! Then we had a lesson with Therese! Spirit was way strong, we talked about Forgiveness and Charity, read D&C 59:21, one of my favorites! Following we had a lesson with Stephanie with Therese there, she didn't have much time.. so we read 2 Nephi 31 with her, but basically just taught baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost + Endure.. and we invited her to be baptized as well, she said she had already been baptized, so we expained authority! And then she said if she gains a testimony, she will.. so things are going awesome with her, she is reading and she loved church. Following her lesson, we hit the campus for some contacting for about 2 hours, and then came back to the institute at 8:30 to enjoy the dinner that is provided, very delicious meal! We also heard from Alexander Farabee today. He is awesome. He has read all the way to Jacob.. and he jumped to Alma because it was calling his name, plus he was texting Therese a bunch about all of his readings. So then we heard from him the next day (Wednesday), and he said, I can't wait for our next meeting!!! And I can't stop reading.. so the Spirit's got him! He's cool!!!!
Wednesday - Today was sooo awesome, well ya.. it was sooo hottt today, and we had very few lessons, so we were on campus all day contacting! So I went through 2 white shirts today. But it really was an amazing day, we walked so much, and so now as we are about to go to bed, we are exhausted, sleep is best when it is earned! So in the morning we had a member lesson with Quinn B, and then following we hit campus! I will tell you, it is hard to contact.. because we have literally talked to so many people, or other missionaries have, it is wild how many people we have been able to hit on this campus.. sometimes I contact people and they will say, Dude you just talked to me 2 days ago. And so then I have to make them laugh or something, or just apologize, ya know make the best of the situation! :) So we did that for about 2 hours, came in for lunch, had to dry off and change the clothes. Then we headed out for another run at some contacting. Which led up to our lesson we had with Therese and we just did some family history work! After that we had a member lesson with Kelli Longfellow. And then dinner, and then to end the evening we hit it again with some contacting on campus.
Thursday - oh guys... what a day! Ah tough one! But a good one, ya know, one that puts hair on your chest! So it was another scorcher of a day today, and we taught one lesson, hahaha so everything else was spent out in the sun contacting all day! And get this all day and I didn't even get one phone number from anybody, I think Carlile and Otu got 2 combined, so it was one of those days. I met sooo many rude people today, so I just kill them with kindness!!! :) So we started out in the morning contacting for a bit, and we had a lesson with this super awesome dude named Bernard, and he texted us and told us he was on his way.. and he never showed up and we couldn't get a hold of him after that hahaha, so he pulled a fast one on us, but we will forgive him for he knows not what he does! :) So we headed back for lunch and then more contacting... made a few phone calls. And then we had a member lesson with Claudia, and she is the bomb, we really, really like Claudia! I gave her, her baptismal interview back in January when she was baptized! So we did some contacting before and after dinner, but dinner was the highlight! Therese's mom told her to take her friends out to dinner, so she took us out to Longhorn's Steakhouse, and we told her she had to bring a friend so we could share the Gospel over dinner, and she did her name is Jen, and we now have an appointment with her for Tuesday, so we are super pumped about that! We are on a tradeoff with Elder Jorgenson plus Elder Otu, so should be a good day tomorrow, excited!
Friday - Today was a good fun day! It was fun being with Jorgenson today, love him a lot. Plus the weather today was quite delightful, not near as hot as it has been which is a nice relief for once. Our day started out in the morning we taught this new girl named Farrah on campus, she is super cool, didn't really get a chance to teach her anything as far as lesson, but she had a ton of questions and we just did some HTBT. She is super cool, she has a lot of good questions! I learned a lot today that it is so hard to explain to someone about faith, who literally has no faith, it is like describing to them the taste of salt, had a bunch of experiences with it today. So after her, we scooted on over to the institute for a lesson with Alexander Farabee, with Therese, he is so awesome! So he has read up to Jacob, and then skipped up to Alma in the Book of Mormon, he knows that it is true he told us, he has been praying about it! And he said it became real for him when he read about the Liahona, he loved that. :) So we taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and it was really good! So then we cooked us up some delicious lunch, and we did a little comp study, Jorgenson had never heard of the doctrine of family history scriptures, so we role played that, I taught him that. Then we headed out and we had a long session of contacting on campus, we had some fairly good success, we found some potential investigators! It is crazy the amount of disbelief and just negativity we have faced lately... been crazy! People swearing at us and yelling things at us from cars, and then just the overall rejection and disbelief in God, its been heavy lately! But ya know we are still just trucking right along! There was this one dude today on campus with a camera and I talked to him and he said he is interviewing people, so I was like dude sign me up... thought it would be pretty cool, so all 3 of us together, and then he just asked us questions and we got to share in the camera, it was good and bad, we were bearing some serious serious testimony and the spirit was real! But at the same time, he was just trying to catch us with our words, he was like, "for the sake of this video, and for a non believer like myself, could you just have God drop down an apple from the sky right now for us." Dumb, just like Korihor from the Book of Mormon, and we all know he had a sad ending. :) Nice guy though, we left him with a Book of Mormon! Then we had a lesson with Therese. After the lesson we had dinner with Carson Draney, she fed/made us dinner at the institute, super good and nice little meal! And then we headed back for a few more minutes of contacting on campus, and then we headed home to do our exchange report. Kind of funny, exactly one year ago, Elder Jorgenson and I were in exact opposite positions.. hahaha he was on Campus and I was in 1st Ward, now we have switched up roles! It's funny Elder Otu and I do this thing where when one finishes praying we'll say something like, "Hey how is He?" Talking about Heavenly Father, and I asked him that tonight and he said, "He's good.. He's thinking of us and He's mindful of us, He knows our faith has been tested." and I said, "I know He is, I'm going to thank Him." Otu, "Tell Him I said thanks again." Just funny, make me laugh, but I know above all that, that is true! He's watching over us and He knows every single person that we talk to each day! He is mindful of us and HIs work! :)
Saturday - It's my Birthday! It has been a great day so far, had some nice festivities this morning at the compound.. thank you for everything!!!! We enjoyed all of the party supplies and the pinata, very fun!!! The Knudsen's also Happy Birthdayed our front door, and then Therese baked a cake for us and brought it... she also gave me a $50 iTunes gift card, so stinking nice of her! So we hit the campus this morning to do some contacting and it was absolutely dead.. so an oppurtunity arose to go visit a recent convert named Erin Lustria in the hospital! I think we will be headed to the mall soon or something for P-Day. And Brother and Sister Knudsen offered to take us out to eat tonight for my birthday, so we will be headed out with them!!!
Love you all very very very much!!!!!