Monday, February 29, 2016
Week 35: Finding, Finding, Finding
This week was a very inspirational week. We worked really hard. Most of our investigators that we used to have were not progressing so we have almost no investigators, which means we got to go find all of them! Quick shout out to all those who got mission calls in American Fork. All of y'all will do great!
The first few days were very much the same! We went contacting for a few hours, and then went to see a lot of the potentials that we had found. We had literally no success! No one let us in! The funniest part was that we met a lot of people who were like, you should come in and I'll tell you why you shouldn't be Mormon, haha. We meet a lot of those kind of people and every time I talk to them it strengthens my testimony even more, because when we give our answers and questions, the person responding can never answer confidently. Even though we didn't have too much success I know that the Lord is going to bless us for our efforts.
Thursday is when things started to get fun. We had the chance to talk to a lot of Pastors in our area about how we can help the community. It was really fun going around and meeting the religious leaders of our town. We also got donuts and it was one of my first donuts in a long time. So good!
Friday we went on exchanges. Elder Thorne who is our district leader only has one week left so we have been doing a lot of exchanges in this transfer. So I went up to Bryan with Elder Aholelei and we had a really good day. We taught a lot of lessons with members and it was a ton of fun. The spirit was super strong. Elder Aholelei was tricking me because he didn't tell us who our members were so I just about contacted them. I was so confused when they were acting normal around us! But overall we had great lessons.
Saturday was funny because we got way lost trying to find a less active in our branch. We went into two different areas until we realized that we were lost. We finally found our less active but they were gone. It was so sad! But we got the chance to go ranch contacting and we found a pretty good contact. It was a lot of fun!
Sunday we had a tough day. Half of our branch was sick and I had a hard day. But at the end of church we had an amazing lesson with Andrew Pruitt. At the end of the lesson he told us that he wanted to share his testimony. In his words he said, "I know it's all true, the evidence is there, I read the verses and I know they're true, when I ask a question the answer is always there, there is no way that it can't all be true". The spirit was so strong, it gave Elder Atkinson the chills and it made his wife cry. They hugged and it was such a happy and spiritual moment.
Spiritual thought: I found a diamond in the rough this week. I listened to a talk by Jeffery R Holland from the April 1983 General Conference. In this talk it is so powerful and it talks about the love Elder Holland has for his son, wife and daughter. It was amazing. The coolest thing about this is that Elder Hollands son Matthew (who is a senior in high school at the time) gave a great talk as well. I invite all y'all to watch them. Both talks are so powerful. I also love this quote, Selective Obedience brings selective blessings.
I love all y'all, have a great week!
Love, Elder Heiner