Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fishing on P-Day!

We found some fishing poles in our apartment the other week when we were cleaning it up, and so we decided to put them to use on P-Day. There is a river that flows behind our apartment that we decided to try out. Not much luck with the fish, but it was nice to sit back and relax along the river for a while. The leaves are starting to fall off, and there sure are a lot of them. It is starting to get pretty dang cold here. It is definitely a different kind of cold than in Utah.

On Saturday we had the Ward Trunk or Treat and Halloween party that we got to attend. We threw on some pretty festive Halloween ties and handed out some candy from the back of our trunk. The ward did an awesome job of inviting their friends and family to the activity though. There were probably about 10 non members there, and so it was a great opportunity for us to talk to them and get to know them at a casual event. Ward activities really are a great missionary opportunity. It gives non members a chance to come and interact with members of the ward in a non threatening environment, and just lets them see that we are just normal people too! Because lets be honest, most people think that all of us Mormons are weirdos. Speaking of Halloween though, you all overdid it with the Halloween packages! I will probably be gaining another 15 pounds this month with all of the candy. So thank you to everyone!

We had a few really solid lessons with some of our investigators this week. So I told you a little bit about our new investigator Danny last week. Well we had our first lesson with him this week and it was AWESOME! Plus his friend Chris (the one who is going to rehab this week) happened to be there too and sat in on our lesson. We taught the Restoration and watched the full length Joseph Smith movie. Both Danny and Chris were loving the movie, they were getting pretty into it. But after the movie we were talking and Danny was just opening up big time to us. He was saying how he is just ready to get his life back on track, he is so grateful for the mercy Heavenly Father has shown towards him and he knows that now is the time to make a change. Danny then went off and bore solid testimony to his friend Chris about how Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon was the straight up word of God and that this was the true church on the earth. It was so sweet, he was just laying it all out on the table. Both Danny and Chris want to get baptized together. It was pretty cool to hear them saying how they have been to rehab together, been to jail together, back in rehab together and now they both realize it is time to stop messing around. They want to get their lives turned around, and they want to do it together. It was one of the most powerful lessons I have been apart of! So because of legal things that are still going on, we have to get 1st Presidency permission to baptize them, so that will be a little ways down the road. We are pretty stoked for them though.

So for the past few weeks we have been going over to the Schriver Family's home for dinner each Friday. Brother Schriver has been a member for about 15 years, but has been inactive until about two months ago. Once he was reactivated, his son Steven who is 17 decided to get baptized also. But his wife and 3 other kids are Catholic and attend that church each Sunday. We have had some really awesome discussions with them throughout the past few weeks. The only reason the rest of the family goes to the Catholic church still is because of tradition. Their extended family goes there, and they are just pretty firmly rooted there. Sister Schriver has a strong testimony in the Book of Mormon, loves everything about our church, and she has lots of issues with the Catholic beliefs, but she is just pretty stubborn to be honest haha. She even told us last week that she "wishes she would have raised her kids in the Mormon religion." The rest of the kids would definitely follow her if she ever joined our church, but she has to make the first move. So this week we are going to go in there pretty bold and just lay it all out on the table and see what is holding her back from taking the leap of faith and being baptized into our church. So we need lots and lots of prayers! The work is going great, we are staying really busy. I hope you all have a great week!

Fishing on P-Day!! We didn't have much luck, still had fun thought!

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