I am pleased to announce that I have budgeted my time and now have 40 minutes to write this email instead of 10 minutes. So now there will be better stuff in this email since I can think about the whole week a little more.
Elder Simpson and I planned to have pretty much a full proselyting time in our area for the week because our main office duty (preparing supplies for apartments) was done for the week. We started off with District meeting on Tuesday morning and I led the discussion about what we need to do to help our new investigators up the steps (baptism/confirmation and temple). Originally I planned for something else but on Monday night while making prep for the first discussion I had you can say a "stupor of thought". What came to my mind then was new investigators. As I looked at the numbers of new investigators in the last transfer (110) and the number or progressing investigators / baptisms it got me a little worried. It ended to be a very spiritually edifying district meeting! I learned a lot from the meeting. Elder Simpson and I were in a three- some with Elder Jager because his son was called away to go with the Ap's and other to get their non citizen card. After District meeting we went to "Central Kitchen" got some nice bonku. Sadly, it was pouring down rain in the afternoon so we ended up being in the office for some hours. In the evening we were able to go see Mercy and teach her tithes and offerings.
Wednesday was a FULL day of proselyting and it felt really good at the end of the night. We went to see Brother Hanson who was the less active but now came back to church. it is hard for him to get to church because of his leg not being fully recovered yet and he lives at the top of the hill and you know.. most people do not have a car here. Brother Hanson is starting to make the prep to be able to get back to the temple! After we headed to Francis, our recent convert, had a good talk about missionary work. By the end he told us of a friend of his he has been talking with in a nearby village. YAY FOR REFERRALS!! Also met with a person we talked with the night prior named Samuel. Answered some of his questions about the church. Sadly he traveled so he could not come to church yesterday but we have been in contact with him. Had our coordination meeting with our ward mission leader. Then at 6 had a powerful lesson with Mercy about baptism and confirmation with sister Quartzen ( Relief society pres). Was my first member present lesson where the member and investigator both spoke perfect English. Then ended the night by seeing Sylvester to finish the rest of the Plan of Salvation lesson with him.
Thursday we ended up being in another 3 some with Elder Gasolo. We had to be with him for reasons. Not the best day to add someone for a day because we had weekly planning. Weekly planning is awesome but can be pretty boring sometimes. We also had interview with President Stevenson at 2 o'clock so after our planning we went to a quick lesson with Sylvester. The EQ pres, Brother Agyemang, who serve in this mission in 2010, came with us to the lesson. Again, another lesson with both sides speaking english (2 times in a week... total record). Sylvester opened up with us and told us about when he prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true a year or so ago. Really a sweet experience. Sylvester said he knows the church is true but had a hard time coming to church without a friend being there with him. After the lesson headed off to our interviews with President Stevenson. In the evening we saw Mercy again to teach Law of Chastity and then to James to talk with him about baptism. James is on the edge of progressing and not progressing. We are waiting to see if he will make the step of having his GF move out. Once that happens I know he will be great. To close the day, the Assistants called us and invited us to come and eat some pizza (not legit as pizza hut).
Friday we thought to be another day out in the area. But the Assistants called us for help on Friday morning with driving. After that we went to buy some things that the Durrants and President requested for. Also sad moment of the week... 2 times a week I go get letters for missionaries and I never have one *insert weeping.
Saturday we got up early for chapel cleaning (5:30 because it starts at 6am.. count your blessings). After cleaning we went to play soccer with the young men. My skills are getting a little better but not the best hahaha. Sunday was of course church!!! I love going to church. it would be better if I could understand the lessons and talks :P After church we had our P.E.C meeting. Went home for some food then back out!!! In the evening we had a movie playing at the church for the members and investigators. Was a good turn out for something last minute. We watched "17 miracles". I love that movie. Some tears where trying to come out but fought them back :).
“How can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, 'Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!' ”
—Neal A. Maxwell,
- -Elder Johnson