I love the talk from President Oaks from this past General Conference about the small and simple things. It’s always a great reminder and it’s what I really do my best at teaching my investigators about. The 3 simplest things to do that will carry us through the rest of this mortal life into Eternal Life is Prayer, The Book of Mormon, and attending Church, so all good stuff.
Well, this week was pretty exciting, we’ve been out on the street a lot trying of course to find new investigators to teach! We’ve been having a hard time on the main street known as Union Street. You know for a street named Union the people on that street aren’t really unified. Oh well, so we’ve been moving around to smaller streets where we’ve been finding more people! I’ve been telling missionaries for months that it’s not where the most people are that you find. Yet sadly many come in and see the big group and just assume that is where they are needed. No, it’s where the Lord needs you and where the Lord needs you is to minister to one individual at a time, just as the savior did! So it’s been pretty fun.
There are so many people that I run into on a daily basis that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. But I’ll share a fun moment with teaching a small family. So we got this referral from one of the teams here in Aberdeen. They passed them over to us because this guy lives out in Stonehaven and we are the only ones with a car. So no one knows the name of this guy. All we know he is from somewhere in Africa and he wants to meet. So I get ahold of him. At first, he wasn’t free to meet till about a month, but after some small talk, we were able to get a time to meet on the coming Saturday. Well, this Saturday we had President Donaldson coming up to Aberdeen to interview all the missionaries in the zone. So we were helping with that when we had to go for this lesson. We show up and it’s a man named Ola. So we sit down in his home and get talking, learn more about him and he learns more about us. Then he asked the question “So why do you have the Book of Mormon?” and away we go! First lesson it went so well. I know the hardest part of the message is learning about the great apostasy, but he understood it. We finished teaching and he was more than willing to read the Book of Mormon. However, at this point, his wife came home and she wasn’t very keen on some things. But we boldly answered her questions as well and nothing to misunderstanding what we taught. Both by the end where more than willing to read the Book of Mormon. Now, none of this happened because we knew the lesson so well. It happened because this man was the example of being open-minded and open to the feelings of the spirit. It is only that Holy Ghost that can have an effect on others as to help them understand and learn what is true and what is not.
So following this lesson we went on with the day. We were out finding a lot and we got the moves call and both of us are staying. We also got the moves call for our zone, so I got to call the missionaries that were staying. Not too many moves out of our zone but its moves right now so we are getting everyone all sorted. Well Sunday was pretty fun we had the Aberdeen stake conference and it was all about the Book of Mormon. I’m grateful that so many other people love the Book of Mormon. President and Sister Donaldson where there and spoke about the Book of Mormon as well both giving powerful testimonies of the Book which they know to be true.
So overall a fun week! But this email is all over the place because we need to get back to helping missionaries move!