So to update about this week.
1st of all….we went tracting for 7 hours straight on Tuesday. ALL OF OUR APPOINTMENTS FELL THROUGH. (we had 4) and one was a member fhe/dinner haha. Ya….that was fun, we only talked to maybe 10 people and only 1 was really that interested. Faith trying-I would think so.
But this is part of mission life, people have agency and as missionaries we simply invite and they choose whether or not they want to accept that. Hence why they chose to cancel/bail on our appointments set up haha. I think you just have to learn to laugh at that because it happens A LOT as a missionary and you can’t take offense or get bummed out but simply keep moving forward. The Lord is preparing people and there are still hearts to be touched and seeds to be planted.
We had a great lesson with Amy &Scott (the family we found a few weeks ago) about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. We committed them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Church seems a little daunting right now for them so we’re just going to keep following up and focus more on applying the book of Mormon to our daily lives since it has answers for everything we go through. Because it’s true! But they’re still trying to find out for themselves. Scott continues to seem very open and Amy is a bit more skeptical but I think that as we continue to visit with them and help them make small baby steps there could be real progress. Whether they choose to accept this message or not I think we’re establishing a good friendship and they know that the church truly does live what it teaches. Even if they don’t get baptized. We want to invite them to the devotional (cottage meeting) next week on Thursday since it’s right there in Livonia and maybe that won’t seem so daunting to them compared to actually coming to a worship service.We found a new investigator this week named Eric who we actually met because of his son. We had ran into Devon a few weeks back who told us we could come back and teach him more. Well he bailed on us right before our appointment saying that he’d be out of town for 3 weeks. Then one day we drove by and noticed his car was home so we thought we’d stop by his house later that week. We did and he wasn’t home but his dad Eric was. We ended up talking with him longer and he said he’d noticed that book of Mormon that was in the house that we’d given to his son Devon when we met him a couple weeks earlier. So he invited us out on his porch saying he had to go to work soon and didn’t have much time to talk. Well as we got to know him better he really opened up. He’s single, wife walked out on their marriage with 2 kids and he’s had a lot of negative feelings from women as he’s tried to date and find a companion. He’s pretty lonely. He grew up Pentecostal and went to some other churches here and there but he continued to not really feel like any of them were right. So interesting, as he told us about how so many “church go-ers” don’t practice what they preach and it didn’t make sense to him. So he kinda quit church hopping and stuck with praying on his own and reading the bible from time to time. We gave him the restoration lesson and he was very receptive. He even wanted to maybe come to church before we asked. We went back Saturday night to talk with him more about church sunday and we brought a ward member with us to help him make friends. We answered some questions he had as he had skimmed through the Book of Mormon. We each bore testimony with simplicity about reading, pondering and praying with REAL intent and faith to know if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. He seemed very open and understanding with that. So we have a return appointment with him this week to follow up. He didn’t come to church on sunday but we know that he normally sleeps in on sundays because he works nights. I think he’s definitely been prepared by the Lord and will continue to want to learn more 🙂
We also had a cool miracle happen to us this week with a man named Dan. We were in a neighborhood going to do some stop by’s and we saw a man tending to his lawn. He kept looking at us as we parked our car and were going over the names of people we were going to stop by. We got out and I felt like we needed to go talk to him. We did and quickly realized how friendly and open he was. As he asked us about what we were doing there and then we asked him he said “welp, I’m a 100% non believer!” He kind of grinned to himself and chuckled. Sister Tafua and I began asking him questions about why he felt that way and if he had always been. He stated that he grew up with religion but he figured that everyone preached that if you’re not perfect/accept Jesus/want to be saved your damned. He expressed how he’s always tried to live a good life, treating people well, helping others, being kind and honest etc. And he thought if there is a God, I don’t get why because I’m not a labeled “church attender” that I’d go to hell while other people of a specific faith don’t live their lives like they know they should (hypocrites) and yet think they’re saved? It was a fair argument. And so of course that lead us right into answering those questions about where we came from, why we’re here and where we’re going after this life through The Plan of Happiness. 🙂 We ended up using some leaves, pine cone fragments and blade of grass for visua aids for the plan of salvation ahah it was awesome. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of it. The best part was as we continued to talk he would nod his head and say “ya that makes sense…I mean I don’t know if I believe it yet, but it makes sense” and then later “well lets just hypothetically say that what you guys are telling me was right/true then…” it was so funny. He would say things like “well I guess I’m not a 100% non believer, I’m more open than that….I could believe that….etc”.
We got a return appointment to come back and tell him more about the book of Mormon because we didn’t have time to answer all of his questions that began pouring out as we told him about this plan and the gospel that shares about it! He even told us before, that had we knocked on his door he wouldn’t have answered. Not a chance. But only because we talked to him outside he was totally okay with talking with us. And now we can come back and knock on his door and he’ll answer and let us teach him 🙂 MIRACLE. Also, he knows Eric-not very well but they live close to each other so who knows maybe they’ll buddy up and come to church this sunday 🙂
I was very grateful for that experience and have realized that if people would just listen…and realize were not their to recruit or to tell them they’re wrong and we’re right but that we’re simply sent there as representatives of Jesus Christ to INVITE others to come unto Him. Even if they’re already making their way with their own faith/beliefs but that the truths we share are restored in fullness and that everyone’s lives will be blessed and changed for the better because of them 🙂
I love this gospel. I love that I know that I can be with my family forever. I know that God loves us, we are all His children and He knows each one of us individually. And it is through the grace of Jesus Christ’s atonement that we can change, and becoming strengthened and enabled to do hard things as we go through life. It’s about simply being saved by grace, but have we been changed by grace? I read a talk today on that subject and it hit home to me. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ.It‘s because of Him that I’m out here doing this. This is His work. I am His servant.