Tommy's Release Date

Since you asked, Tommy will be returning to Beaverton on October 25, 2012.

Monday, May 7, 2012

May 7th-ish 2012

NEW INVESTIGATORS! That's what happened this week, and you know the crazy part about them? We found them all at church. YEP. They just showed up to church, and now we're teaching them :D  We did a LOT of contacting this week. It's kinda frustrating sometimes when people won't open their heart and listen to our message, but every time we find someone who will actually listen, it makes up for that.  So my companion pointed something interesting out to me this week. He pointed out that with basically every single person that we talk to straight out agrees with us, and then says that they're not interested in hearing more. It appears that we're teaching in a way that people can't contradict what we say, they HAVE to agree, because it's truth that we are speaking, but they are so hardhearted that they just don't care, and stick to their traditions.  We actually had a miracle happen the other day. The wife of one of our investigators who's planning on being baptized soon happened to be home the last time that we visited him. Well, we were planning on watching the movie "Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration" but after we said the opening prayer she said: "Can I ask you a question?" Of course we consented. She then told us a story. She said that she was at work the other day, and she saw another Latina working there, and she mentioned that for some reason, she appeared to be glowing, just radiating light. So she went over there and asked her "Do you happen to be a member of the Mormon church?" The lady replied "Yes, how did you know?" "I just knew she said." Then they continued to talk, and that lady found out that we (the missionaries) are already going over to their house to teach her husband, so she told her "When they come over, ask them about the plan of salvation. It took me 10 years to get baptized, and it wasn't until I really understood the plan of salvation that I felt the need to be baptized, and so I did it." When we heard that, we immediately trashed the plans to watch the movie, and started teaching the plan of salvation. She LOVED it! (Her husband as well) and she knows that it's true. She began to tell us the story of how they came here to Utah, and how they have always been guided by God, and how she knows that that plan is true. Now comes the happy sad part. We invited her to be baptized, and she accepted. She knows the church is true, and wants to be a part of it, but she says that she has to wait until she can get her kids through their first communion and confirmation (they're in the middle of it right now) and then she'll get baptized.  These Latino people have some incredibly deep roots in their religion, and it's somewhat sad to see how they value tradition more than the things that they know God wants them to do. Of course it's a good thing for her children to learn more about God in any form possible, but it's holding back her personal progress, and that is kinda hard on the missionaries.
 
Well that's all for now basically. We have transfers this week. I'm staying in the area, and my companion is going to Heber to be with my last companion. My new friend (Comp) will be Elder Bishop! He's another tall white guy, and I'm pretty dang pumped for this next transfer cycle. Well, Love ya all! Peace out!
Elder Williams

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