It has been another busy and great week here is Gilbert! It seems like we did quite a bit of service this week and found some new potential investigators!
We were able to meet with our investigator who works out of town on construction jobs. He's only home a couple days at a time. Luckily this week it was raining where he was working so he was home for a couple more days. We were able to meet with him this week and committed him to read the Book of Mormon every day. We gave him several chapters to read. Later in the week he texted us saying he finished the chapters and he wanted more recommended chapters to read. His wife is a less active member who was baptized six years ago, so we have also been trying to help her come back to church. We have also been teaching her. We were not able to set a specific day for his baptism, but we are hoping he will be baptized in May.
We found some great potential investigators this week that said we could come back. Right now we are trying to talk to as many people as possible, and find people to teach. We have found some of the potentials knocking on doors, talking to people on the street, and working with the members. One night this week, we were walking down the street in one of our wards and started talking to someone that I recognized, but didn't remember she was. After talking to her for a minute, I realized I had talked to her at a park a couple miles away. She wasn't very interested in talking to us, but we invited her to watch the new Easter video. Afterwards she made the comment, "I'll watch it, maybe there is a reason I keep running into you." Our area is pretty small. Sometimes I'm surprised we don't run into the same people more often. Hopefully they would think the same thing this lady did.
We contacted an old potential this week. We probably talked to them a month ago, and talked to them at the door for a while. We asked if we could come back, but they said they would give us a call. Usually nobody calls us back, so we kind of took that as a no. We decided to knock on their door again and we couldn't remember how interested they were, but thought we would try. When they answered the door they mother of the family said they tried calling and left a voicemail. We were confused because we never got the voicemail, but Elder Anderson and I were surprised because someone actually tried calling us back! They got our number again and said they were going out of town this weekend, but that we could come back this week. We saw that as a miracle that we decided to stop by since we couldn't remember if they were even interested. That is one good reason to keep an area book!
We helped pick grapefruit again this week for the food bank, helped at a nursing home and we helped out at the special Olympics like we did last year.
We found out yesterday morning that a young man we taught and who was baptized was speaking at a stake youth fireside last night. We had appointments already scheduled so we couldn't go, but we heard that he did great. When we asked if he wanted to share his testimony at his baptism he did not want to do it. He isn't a big fan of speaking, but we heard that he did a great job. He talked about how he was grateful for the persistence of his friends. One of his friends would invite him to church every week. Before he started coming to church he would have never imagined himself joining the church. He talked about how he was grateful that his friend kept inviting him.
We have a great week ahead of us, and I'm excited for all the opportunities we will have this week. I'm grateful every day for the chance to be a missionary. Sharing the gospel and serving others brings so much joy and more blessings than I could ever imagine. I'm grateful for all of your prayers. I love you all so much!
Elder Joshua Gandy