July 14, 2014
Area: Broadway Central
This week we made an effort to not fall back into our usual backups that weren't even good investigators. We finally got a new investigator by trying a person that Elder Petersen was scared of trying the whole time we have been together, it worked out great! The man we met was willing to have us come over again to teach him and was really nice. He is a good man, just a little lost in his ways, he ended up drinking a bottle of beer, then he pulled out a cigarette and smoked the whole cigarette, all while talking to us. He used to be a missionary for the Catholic church and was really active, but then he just stopped.
It is difficult working when your companion doesn't want to work as hard as he should, but I feel like Zone Meeting this week helped him because it helped him realize that he came out for the right reasons and is out here for good reasons, but his desire isn't where it should be, so recently he has been doing a lot of self-evaluation and it has helped us in the work. This week's Zone Meeting was centered on our personal testimonies/desire and teaching, it helped me as well because it required a lot of self-evaluation.
On Thursday we saw a delayed Hour of Power Miracle from last week. Last week, 4 people opened their doors, the first was a lost sheep found, the second gave us water, the third gave us a return appointment, and the last one we invited to church. We went back this Thursday to try the man who said we could come back(door #3), but he wasn't home, so we talked to the man we invited to church(door #4), who was outside at the time, and he said the English missionaries could come back, so we set them an appointment and got his contact information for them. We had the feeling that we should leave, so we went back to our bikes and a woman pulls up in her car and said "Hey, I need to talk to you!". She parked the car and said, "I think you are looking for me, I live in Apartment #13", (which was the number of the apartment of the man behind the third door that was opened). She proceeded to tell us that she just barely moved into the area about a week and a half ago and she was a member from a different state. She had talked to her bishop to have him send missionaries to her new place, but in a prior experience when she did this it took about a month. The miracle is that we got there like 3 days after she moved here and we never got notification that she had moved here. We just decided that Heavenly Father didn't want her to have to wait another month, so he put the idea in Elder Petersen's head a few days earlier that we should knock that apartment complex. I know that miracles happen, and that God allowed us to be a part of one these last two weeks!
Other than that, the struggles in the area are still here and I'm sure they will be fixed by just getting out and working because it seems like that is what's lacking...
1) my cold has gone away, just a lingering cough now :)
2) we met our new mission president; President Drake, but we haven't done interviews, he just talked with each companionship for about 5 minutes and then they talked with us all as a group and told us a little about themselves.
3) Well, yes I got the package, and no the tire liners haven't seem to help me. I got a flat because the tire liners are apparently not made for slime tubes. The slime makes a fiber-like thing that acts like a clot, a lot like blood/scabs. The liner slipped around a little and kept taking the little clot out of the hole, making the tire go flat, so I just took them out. They seem to be working on Elder Petersen's bike though, and I haven't had a flat recently, so I guess I'm fine.
Thanks for the advice everyone! And thanks for the updates on the kids, I would like pictures more often, but I think you would say the same :P
I love you guys,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye