Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome To Waterbury

Waterbury is a pretty sweet place so far! It is the 3rd biggest city in Connecticut. Apparently it used to be a really nice place to live, but it has gone pretty downhill now. Waterbury itself is a pretty ghetto area. Lots and lots of drugs, especially heroin for some reason. A few of the outlying cities are pretty nice, woodsy areas though. The ward seems really good, lots of nice people so far. I am just trying to get familiar with the people and the area as fast as I can right now. I hate not knowing what is going on within the area.

The work has apparently been pretty slow in Waterbury for quite a while, but I am not sure why. I guess this ward has had quite a bit of bad luck with missionaries in the past year or so. The missionaries have not had the greatest relationship with the members, and it seems like the members haven't really trusted the missionaries. So there is a lot of repair work and damage control that we have to start working on. It really is too bad though because there is SO much potential with this ward. There are tons and tons of members who have family or friends that are ready to hear the Gospel but for some reason it just hasn't happened. So I am really excited to be serving here. There is a lot of work we have to do, but that is good! The Lord is definitely hastening his work, and He has prepared many people in this area for us as missionaries to teach. I can tell great things are going to happen in Waterbury, but it will probably take some time.

My new companion is Elder Boone, he is from Pleasant Grove. He has been out almost a year now, and he has been in Waterbury for 4 months already. He is a good guy, I am excited to be serving with him. My first day in Waterbury we picked up a new investigator named Ricky. He is a boyfriend of a member of our ward. They were thinking about getting married but she told him that he needed to have God in his life. He didn't like that idea, so they broke up. But then after a few weeks he figured out that he had made a mistake, and so he agreed to meet with us finally! He doesn't even know if God exists, and so we had to start out really basic. Our first lesson was all about God, and how Ricky can find out for himself that God truly does exist. We read in Alma where King Lamoni is questioning whether God exists himself, and that story tied in pretty nicely with Ricky's situation. So we challenged Rick to do what King Lamoni did, pray sincerely to God and ask Him if He is there and if He exists! We talked to Ricky's girlfriend and she told us Ricky did pray, and we are going over there on Wednesday to see how it went. Hopefully he got his answer that God is there! 

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