Hello family and friends. This week had some highs, 1st time experiences, and some spiritually mind blowing events. So here we go, "let's get down to the nitty gritty."
Let's start at Monday. Last Monday, after P day had ended we went and ate with the Johnson family. They are so nice and really fun. They also have a son in law named Andrew who is not Mormon, who wants to take the lessons from the missionaries, so we were pumped going right into it. So we taught him the restoration and his whole family of like 7 people were there to help him out if he didn't understand something. The lesson was great and each person of the family gave great input. My favorite thing that was said was from Junior (he's 15), he said that the Book of Mormon is like eating cookies, if we read only a little bit of the Book of Mormon it's like we only get 1 cookie, when in reality we want the joy of eating many cookies forever. For that reason is why we read the Book of Mormon every day so we can have that happiness every day of eating a lot of cookies. It was perfect haha. Junior made us all laugh, but he was also spot on. The Book of Mormon DOES give us that peace and happiness that each one of us needs, just like cookies.
On Tuesday we had a lot of things fall through. We still had Jingo though (bible bingo). We play Jingo and Bingo every Tuesday and Wednesday at an old folks home here in the thriving Metropolis of Navasota. It is really fun. Unless the old geezers start fighting, then it gets a little scary, and we have to break it up. Bingo is a serious sport now a days;) After Jingo we tried seeing some Potential investigators, and one of them is a 19 year old girl who is just so nice and happy named Wendy (she acts Mormon, even though she's not Mormon haha). She didn't have a lot of time but her mom said that she talked to us before, and she comes out with a restoration DVD that she received from missionaries at least 10 years ago. Elder Atkinson was like, that video looks really familiar haha. Then her mom said, " Wendy you should watch it, it's really good". I'm pumped to teach Wendy now cause her mom still likes the church and they have a lot of background. So we are really excited! Later during the night we taught an investigator named Amelia. She talks off the wazoo. Every open ended question we gave her, we were just sitting there and listening for at least 10 minutes on things not related to the question. She is nice, but man she knows how to talk. We finished the Restoration with her though and gave her a Book of Mormon and she said that she had one when she was younger but didn't know what it was, and now that she knows what it is, she is excited to read it.
Let's skip to Thursday. We got the chance to eat at the Jarvis' and it was really good. They made us wings and salad. It tasted amazing. I definitely pounded them. It was wonderful. After the Jarvis' we went and picked up a Priest in our branch named Clayton, he was excited to come out with us and help out. We got to go to a potential investigators house and teach them the restoration. It was even more memorable because last week when Clayton and I went finding, Clayton is the one who knocked on the door and talked to these potentials first. So it was great to have him come out with us again to see them. Their names are Bruce and Casandra. We taught them the restoration and it was a really good lesson. They understood everything and by the end they told us that they were really excited to read the Book of Mormon. These types of lessons are the best, when the investigators are involved and want to learn more. It was really funny because they have two little boys who are 5 and 3 who were just all over us. They were so cute and were actually reverent in the most important parts of the lesson. Clayton shared great inputs too. They accepted a soft baptismal invitation, and they seem very interested. The only problem is that Casandra works every other Sunday so that could be a struggle but they seem pretty solid.
Friday is one of those first experience moments. Friday morning Elder Atkinson and I got the flu really bad. So bad, that Elder Akinson felt nauseous in his sleep and woke up and didn't make it to the toilet, if you know what I mean. So at 4:30 in the morning I got to act like a dad and cleaned up puke off the carpet. It was a lovely experience, but it didn't smell too good. Through out the rest of the Friday we didn't do much. I was a little nauseous all day, mainly because I couldn't get the thought of the puke, and the smell out of my mind. Twas really gross!!!
Saturday is when we had the most spiritual mind blowing event. We had the opportunity to go to a Tri mission conference. All the missionaries from the Houston Texas mission, Houston Texas East mission, and Houston Texas South mission, all joined together and we got the chance to hear from President Russell M Nelson and Lawrence E Corbridge from the 70. Every one of us also got to shake their hands. It was so awesome. So now I can say that I have shaken hands with the President of the quorum of the 12 apostles, and a member of the 70. How awesome is that?!! It was really cool because Elder Atkinson were still overcoming the flu, and through out the meeting I didn't feel bad at all, but then after the symptoms came back. It was incredible. One of my favorite things that he said was "The lord loves the unlikely to win the impossible!! Isn't it pretty incredible that when the church was restored that their were 6 members of the church in a world which had at least a billion people in it, and we were sitting in heaven getting ready to play for the team that was getting beat 1 billion to 6. But we knew that we would win in the end". He gave great insights like this one. He was super funny too. He was making us laugh so much. One of the biggest and most important things he talked about was the doctrine of Christ in 3 Nephi 11. The spirit was so strong and powerful. When he shared his testimony about how he knows the savior loves us and is here today, the spirit was so powerful! I know he is an Apostle of the lord. It was sad to see him leave because it was such an edifying experience.
Sunday was great too but not too much happened, we had a lot of lessons fall through. We also weren't able to have the baptism of James yet. We are still working on getting him married. But good things are happening here and I'm glad to be apart of them. I love you all and hope that you have a great week.
Love Elder Heiner