It has been another great and busy week! We had some great teaching opportunities this week and we reached some goals that we set, so it has been an exciting week. Last Monday we got a call from someone in our singles ward and they said they had a friend that wants to take the lessons and to be baptized. We had a lesson with them on Wednesday and we taught her the restoration. The lesson went really well and we invited her to be baptized at the end. She said yes and she had already been thinking about a date. We were really excited and then she said that she is moving at the end of this month. It was a little disappointing, but she will still be in the mission, and there will be some very happy missionaries in the area that she is moving to. Even though she won't be in our area, it was still great to teach the first lesson.
We met with another investigator this week and taught him the plan of salvation. He is doing great and is reading all of the assignments that we give him. He also came to church on Sunday. We were also able to teach a couple people on the street this week. We met this one person on the street about a week ago, and he said that now wasn't a good time, but told us to come back. We went back last night and he invited us in. We talked to them for a while and we showed them the video Because He Lives. We then invited them to learn more about the restoration. We were really hoping they were going to say yes, because most people don't just invite us into their home after talking to them for a couple minutes. They didn't accept the invitation to learn more, but they said they might come to one of our mission choir concerts. We are still hoping something might happen there. We talked to another man on the street for about a half hour answering his questions about what he has heard we believe. He wasn't interested after we answered his questions, but I am amazed at some of the things people think we believe and all the misconceptions that are out there.
We were able to teach two recent converts this week. Another gave a talk in sacrament meeting. We didn't hear about it until after, and we ended up going to our other ward that starts at the same time. I wish I could of gone, but we heard she did great! We also had a lesson with a recent convert who is going to start coming to the singles ward. She is a awesome recent convert and she is excited to do missionary work.
We have a couple of great potentials that we are trying to start teaching. One member invited their neighbor to church. They told their neighbor a couple of returned missionaries were going to speak in church (there were two missionaries in the ward that just got back and gave their talks) and their neighbor said yes. We are also probably going to start teaching another lady who has been coming to church for the past several weeks with her daughter who is a convert.
We went to the temple this week, and it's always great to go to the temple. We get up early to go, but it is always worth it. Most missionaries usually stop at Kneaders (which is really close to the temple) afterwards to get something to eat. While we were there the cashier looks at my name tag and asks me if I had an older brother who served in Peru. I guess this cashier served in Peru with Bryce. He said they were in the same zone or something like that. Small world.
We have another busy week ahead of us. Our mission is doing expanded zone conferences (zone conference for members) again this month and I was asked to be in a musical number for all of them. They are going to do three for the different parts of the mission and two of them are next week. It should be fun!
I'm learning so much every day. I have been thinking about this scripture and it has come to my mind lately. It's Alma 5:26 " And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?" I have thought back to those times where I feel the joy of the gospel. Sometimes it can be easy to forget in the midst of the challenges and trials of life. No wonder it is so important that we need to always pray and read our scriptures every day. We always need to continue to come unto Christ and to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is truly a pattern for living. As we continue to live the gospel we will be able to say "Yes, I can feel so now."
I love you all so much and thank you for all of your prayers.
Elder Joshua Gandy