August 4, 2014
Companions: Spencer and Peterson
It sounds like all of you have had a good week and have been enjoying being outside. Shannon, it sounds like you had fun in the 100 degree weather. I have been having a good time in my 90ish degree weather with an added touch of humidity! It surprisingly doesn't feel too hot, but sadly that means that I'm probably going to freeze after the mission....
This week has been a good one even though our lessons still haven't picked up. We have been working hard and have had the opportunity to visit/meet more less-actives in our area. I met with a couple of less-active members that I have never met before. We are looking forward to really getting to know these people in future dates in our efforts to see what their needs are and determine how we can effectively teach them with the goal to reactivate them. We have also had the opportunity to do service, which is enjoyable and helps the people to know that we really do care for them. We are also excited and looking forward to the opportunity to work with the new potential investigators that we are finding, this is because the people that we had been teaching have become less serious to carry through with things that we have asked them to think about and do. I do know that there needs to be a 'desire to act' in order for the 'change within the heart' to start to take affect.
We have been putting more time into trying to find people. We know that there are people prepared to listen to our message and to accept it. We just need to be humble enough to find them. We had a miraculous experience during this week's Hour of Power. We were knocking doors without much success, and then some children that were outside playing told us that we shouldn't knock about 5 or so of the doors that were coming up because the people weren't home. We followed their advice and knocked where they said we should, and we found people at almost every door that we knocked. We not only found people, but almost every one of them said that they would be willing to listen to our message and 3 of them were Hispanics, with whom we set return appointments. One of these people had been taught by missionaries about 10 years ago, but then she moved and never saw the missionaries again. We were knocking, and she was behind the last door we knocked. If those children didn't help us, we wouldn't have found her... We know that that was a miracle and we look forward to teaching her this week.
Our companionship is also doing well; we are working hard and setting goals and making plans to achieve them. We are also working out problems that we may have, so we are doing better with companionship unity.
I love you guys and I want to wish Carolyn a happy late birthday,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye