Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Week 18: Miracles!

Yay, I'm an early riser
Monday, March 21, 2016

"How's it going? <Normal Elders>"

This was a great week!!!

So, we ended our Preparation Day early last week by 2 hours and helped someone move his heavy treadmill and another person move out of the ward. It was fun, though!

We watched all the Easter videos including the Hallelujah chorus. They are great videos! All 3 videos are found at FollowHim.mormon.org and I invite you all to see them! They are very powerful!

We had a good experience doing service at the Mount Pisgah Baptist church. We help them bring food down from the truck and organize it. One of the ladies who is usually over the bread said she didn't like how this time they weren't as organized with the bread and, then, she started talking about her church and its organization, so we talked about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how it is organized. She liked it! We told her about the new Easter video and gave her a card. When we were about to leave and we were talking to the other volunteers, she showed them what a cool thing we gave her, the #Hallelujah card. Haha,mint - was awesome!

We met Ryan that day, too (on Tuesday) and we set up a time for the next day to visit.

That night we had MCM at Howie's and the Spanish Elders went on splits (meaning that they were split up, but had a member as a temporary companion) and Elder Ashcraft stayed while Elder Pace was busy putting someone on date for baptism...

On Wednesday, we shared the first half of the Plan of Salvation with Ryan and set the goal for baptism. Unfortunately, he works at night and sleeps during the day and had a double shift on Sunday and couldn't come to church. :( 

But, we taught Keith (the one in assisted living) the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a great couple about the same age as Keith, who is older.... The Houssians were great and taught good principles with us! The members here are pretty great! 

We stopped by a potential house and she wasn't there.... But.... Another potential, who had come up to missionaries I know a few weeks before, opened the door and then said he would listen. We didn't know he was the potential as we had never seen him until he said his name, Dino. We showed him the Easter video and he loved it and said "wow, you Mormons have this thing really figured out!" (I am paraphrasing a lot there..) Anyway, he said he would come to church. 

We went to Morton on Friday as we were doing exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder Anderson and Elder Casto went with Elder Bennett. We had a great day! We, also went out with brother Heyder who I thought looked familiar. Turns out that I ate dinner with him in Transfer 1 with Elder Wells on exchanges haha! 

We went to a less active's house and it turns out he and the less active know each other and they are going to watch Meet the Mormons tomorrow with the ward! 

We met Dora on Saturday and told her the Spanish Elders would give her a Spanish Book of Mormon. She is awesome, though and I am excited for her to progress!

So we had Ward Council with the Stake Presidency on Sunday because it was Ward Conference. I heard the phone buzzing and saw a random number calling us and I put it back in my pocket. I felt/heard the buzzing again and it turns out it was the same number. I showed Elder Casto and we left the Ward Council. We called he number and guess who it was?!? It was Dino! He said he slept in and missed his ride and he needed a ride, so he asked for one. We said we would sort it out. This was with 15 minutes until Sacrament meeting would start.. So we started to look for people we know who would give Dino a ride. Brother Hempstead walks in the door as soon as I look at the door for people and I identify him as the one we would ask. So, we asked him and we went and got Dino, who was not where he lives.... Haha so, he was met by missionaries by the apartment complex where we met him, in the street (or rather missionaries met him there) then at the potentials house in the same apartment complex and then we picked him up at a different area on the map. We haven't seen him by his place yet lol! (We went there 3 times.. Hah) but we are meeting him tomorrow.

Anyway, he came to church and he is my first investigator to come! It was very exciting! He loved it, too! It helped that all the members were really nice and welcoming and that the stake presidency said hi, too! 

We had a dinner appointment with the Albrechtsens and a family sister Albrechtsen knows, but they couldn't come and, then, neither could her neighbors. So, we all invited Dino over! Yes, it was a great day for Dino! Andrew, a returned missionary gave him a ride home and a ride to the dinner. It was a good dinner and we played the Follow Him video and the Hallelujah Chorus video and shared the Living Christ document which is a testimony of Jesus Christ from the Apostles that came out a few years ago. We also talked about the Book of Mormon and Dino loved it! It was a great night!

Anyway, this week was packed with miracles!

I know that Jesus loves us all! I know that he visited the ancient Americans after his resurrection and that he taught the gospel to them. I know that you can know of these things, too, if you heed the words of Moroni, the last prophet in the Book of Mormon. He says, "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Anyway, the Book of Mormon is awesome. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Elder Kloosterboer

A big storm came through 
Yeah, not buying gas there LOL