Because our family is so big and Marie emails everyone we are able to get a lot of information each week. This post is several emails to different family members.
Yes, Sister Fisher took some pictures of us and asked for Mom’s email address, she is one of my favorite people in the ward! She’s just a good lady and so reliable and willing to help. It’s just so good and comforting to have people like that in the ward. I guess the ward is getting better at being aware of the missionaries and helping them out, because Sister Christy said they never used to do stuff like contacting our families for us, or feed us at all. But she said since about I’ve got here it’s been getting better. I don’t know what she was implying by that, but it’s been improving I guess.
Sister Hammond is just tickled to death that you got the comment and that she made the connection between me and your blog. She said she’ll read it every Saturday so that she can tell me about what it says on Sunday. Sister Fisher is a WONDERFUL lady. She’s so willing and just good. I don’t think people realize just how powerful the concept of ‘good’ is anymore. To just be a good person, and do good work, watch good things, say good things, read good things, think good things, live a good life, keep a good house, raise a good family, eat good things, be a good member of the church, do good in their callings, be good disciples of Christ, and everything else. I think that’s all I want to be is good. That’s all we need to be.
We’ve been doing a lot of work here. The Relief Society president gave us a list of all the less active sisters in the ward and so now we try to stop by some if we’re in the area. Is it normal for there to be about 50 less active women in a ward, and just as many men? The poor Relief Society president is kind of a young mom and she’s new and so stressed out about it, so we’re helping her by tracking them down for her.
I find myself getting down because we have zero progressing investigators. No one will come to church, including the less active. I have such a testimony of church attendance, and I just wish there was a way to transfer that directly into all these people, but they have to make the decision themselves.
Yesterday after church was kind of a miracle. We were walking around finding in Wylde Green and we stopped this guy named Bill and started telling him about the church, and he was very adamant that there was no God because there’s so much bad in the world. I think he wanted to argue with us, and after a little while we both wanted to go away, but we both felt like we should keep talking to him. He was arrogant, and slightly mocking, and stirred up, but something told me to teach him the restoration, so I did in about 2 minutes. When I recited the First Vision to him on that noisy, crowded street, he broke down and started crying because he felt the Spirit. He said he felt something strange inside him that he’d never felt before, and he took a while to get a hold of himself. Then he opened up to us about other things, like about how he was worried because families were disintegrating. It definitely softened him. And we taught him a little bit about what we believe about families and testified that God really did live. He wouldn’t take a Book of Mormon still, but he took a pass along card with the church address, our number, and the church website. Then I bore my testimony to him just before he left, and he teared up again. Whatever the Lord did through us had a definite effect, we just don’t know what it will be.
They always tell us that we aren’t planting seeds here on our missions because the time for planting is over. We are strictly harvesting, and President Leppard always tells us we are finding the elect, and none else. But I explained to Sister Christy that every crop is harvested in steps of the harvesting process, and each person is a different crop, so they are harvested in different ways, and maybe some have more steps to the process than others. So we didn’t plant a seed in him, but we helped in his harvesting process.
We just went to a restaurant as a district to celebrate Independence Day (since most of us are American) and I ate a hot dog. But it was a pretty big, high tech hot dog. Tomorrow we are going to go to Tamworth to help the elders do a chapel tour, and then they are having a bbq afterward, so we get to stay for that. Then I will have been to Nottingham, Walsall, and Tamworth, plus Wylde Green where I live, all within my first transfer. Oh, and Lichfield too for stake conference and zone meetings.
Here is my district. Left to right: Sister Christy, Elder Poll (DL), Elder Robinson, Elder Wall, me, and Elder Williams.