This week has been the best one yet. Me and Elder Bass are starting to see the fruits of our labors and are getting used to the area. We have been working hard and we have gotten to meet lots of great people. Elder Bass and I were on bikes (from Japan that our ward mission leader gave us to use) Tuesday. We rode our bikes a few miles to South Lansing (the northern part of our area) in the rain. We spent several hours knocking doors on a street in that area with it raining on and off. I think that several people felt bad for us and we talked to more people on that street than usual. We had several people that we had good conversations with and accepted return appointments. Me and Elder Bass have fun while we are working and really enjoyed that the bikes had bells that we rang the whole time as we were riding. Wednesday was filled with us having district meeting, eating at Steak-N-Shake, getting the car from the Sisters and going to the appointments we had that day. We had appointments all day Wednesday and Thursday but none of them worked out. All either cancelled or weren't home. Thursday is really when the work started to pick up. We met several great people and were able to have great appointments with new investigators that we had and less actives that we had been working with. On our way to one of our appointments I saw a sign (I included a picture of it) that pretty much describes South Lansing where we spent a lot of time knocking doors this past week. Its ghetto.. We ended up with 6 new investigators to teach and have been working with several less active members and they were great lessons. 2 of the investigators are 11 year old and 9 year old girls that are of members that are less active members but have a desire to be baptized. It was a learning experience to teach them a lesson and teach it on a simpler level. It really helped me realize just how simple the gospel of Jesus Christ is and how we sometimes make it more difficult then it needs to be. We also got to teach a homeless man who was hanging out on his sisters porch. At first I was hesitant to want to continue to meet with him since we didn't know how dependable he would be but I figured that Jesus was homeless so I ought to at least give him a chance. He accepted a baptismal invitation and agreed to come to church yesterday. We had a member of the ward drop by to pick him up and his nephew came out with his shirt off and said "He isn't here, you might find him sleeping in the woods somewhere."
Finding miracle of the week: After one of our appointments canceled we were walking back to our car and met a 21 year old girl that was walking home and invited her to meet with us. She said that she was looking to get closer to God and would love to meet with us. We met with her and her mom Friday and Saturday evening and they agreed to come to church. The mother is crazy... She asked questions about anything and everything and seems to have a hard time focusing. Example: We were talking about how God will always bless us if we trust him and read the verse about the fowls in the air not worrying about what they will eat. She then asked us what the purpose of birds were and something about how there was water in the sky that she wondered if they drank. I'm not completely sure she understands what we are talking about but it makes it fun. Her daughter gets mad at her when she asks random questions. Anyways, the daughter is SOLID! She eats up everything we talk about and was excited when we talked about baptism! It was awesome. I got to be the one to extend the baptismal invitation and before I could even finish asking her she said "yes!" It really has been awesome. They over slept and didn't make it to church but we met with them last night about obedience and the importance of church, prayer, and scripture study and I think they are really going to do great! The daughter is especially excited and has been willing to read the chapters we have left for her to read in the Book of Mormon. I cant wait to see what happens with her!
I love the work here. The Lord is defiantly starting to hasten his work! I cant wait to see what happens in the lives of the people we are teaching. There is still SOO much that we need to do but the little bit of success that we have seen is what makes it worth it. I know that this gospel is worth it and I know that the Lord will continue to do miracles in my life! It's great being able to do the Lord's work. I know that The Lord lives and that his love for us is without end. I have been able to see that love as I have met with so many of Heavenly Father's children!! I'm thankful for all of the love and support y'all have given me! It is defiantly showing!
The Church is true,