The clock is ticking, and the time is passing by faster than I can manage! Things have been great over the past couple of weeks. We’ve been able to find a whole bunch of wonderful new investigators that are really interested in the church, and we’ve also made a lot of progress with the people that we were already teaching.
Our ward here is wonderful! As we were sitting in church last week I started to think about how much they help us, how they treat their callings, etc. In Gospel Principles, for example, the Elders Quorum President and the Bishop are almost always present, as well as a few other members we put with our investigators to help them out. While in a Priesthood Executive Council meeting a few weeks ago, the new Elders Quorum president talked about how they had fasted and prayed to know what to do to help out their quorum with home teaching visits, who they should pair with who, etc. I can see lots of desire on their behalf to better their ward and so far it’s working out great! There’s one recent convert in particular here who was baptized with his wife in January. His name is Rafael. He actively searches for opportunities to take time out of his busy schedule to help us out. If we ever ask him for anything he’s immediately willing to help out. One day this week, we stopped by and asked him for a reference of anyone he might know that we could teach. He called us later that night and told us to be at his house the next day at 4 PM to teach the son of one of his employees. He’s a perfect example of a member missionary!
The past couple of weeks we’ve seen lots of success with Renata! She and her kids are progressing wonderfully. As we’ve been over to visit her, we’ve often found her reading the Gospel Principles book, and have been told about all kinds of documentaries and things that she’s watched on Youtube about the Church and the Book of Mormon. Thankfully she’s found the good stuff and not the bad! She’s got an awesome testimony and will be baptized next weekend!
So this week we had an interesting experience with a thief. We were walking to an appointment and passed in front of the home of a guy that we’d taught briefly a couple of times before. He was super happy to see us and invited us inside. His house is one long narrow room that’s probably about 3/4 the size of my bedroom at home. His furniture consists of a twin bed, a small stove, a refrigerator, and a small armoire. We sat down and talked to him for a bit, asked him how his life was going, etc. He told us he had broken up with his girlfriend and was having a rough time. We soon learned that he’d started robbing people to make ends meet. We noticed that we were sitting right beside a woman’s purse and that its contents were dumped out all over his bed. We talked to him about how that wasn’t something that he should be doing, how he needed to stop and repent, and how the Lord would bless him for it. I could tell that he really trusted us so I decided to ask him to give me her bag, cards, ID, and anything else that he was just going to throw away so that I could get them back to the person. He’d already taken the money and sold her phone at that point. I felt somewhat prompted to do that, even though the thought scared me. He agreed, and gave us all her stuff. That night we were able to use a bill she had in her bag to locate where she lived. We called the gate guard (who’s number we found on someone’s phone using the Almighty Google) at her apartment complex and asked him to give her our contact information. The next day her husband came and picked up the bag from us. It was a rather unique experience!
Well, I guess that’s it for today. I love you all so much, and I thank you for your consistent love and support!
Élder Chapman Tew