|By the MTC manger scene|
So one think I've recognized this past week is how the gospel answers questions. That's something I really didn't take advantage of before my mission that I wish I would have. Any guidance, revelation, answers, whatever we need in our life can be given if we include questions in our gospel study, church attendance, temple attendance, etc. It's like that story mom told of the sister who went to stake conference with a question. They get answered. I really wish I'd have recognized that earlier.
So our fireside last Tuesday was with Elder Larry Echo Hawk. Awesome guy! If you remember his talk from conference on the converting power of the book of Mormon, his fireside was very similar. Except he had an hour to expound and go through his whole conversion story. Best line: "My wife and I met in second grade, but didn't start getting serious until seventh grade. I know what you're thinking - 'That's not LDS standards!' Well.... We weren't LDS." The whole place was laughing. He went on to tell how his football coach / priest advisor helped him to truly be converted after he was baptized. The whole conversion vs. testimony thing here is big. If you know any incoming missionaries, tell them to re-watch Bednar's talk from conference.
|The district with Hno. Ames|
We ended up getting another investigator - Juan. Weird guy. We asked him what he thought about religion and he said, "I think we are a church." At first I thought I'd misinterpreted him, but that's really what he meant to say. I'm a church, you're a church, we're all churches! Our teacher said that was pretty common in South America, and that even the people who say it don't really know for sure what it means. They just know it confuses you and gets you to leave. It still went okay. It was our first lesson we gave without any notes whatsoever, so Elder Howard didn't say much at all.
I'm lovin' it here. Hope you guys are havin a great time! Also, I'm doing great here! I really, really do love it. I'm reminded of the words you Craig said in one of his first e-mails at the MTC: "It's like EFY on steriods without the girls." Except there are a lot of sister missionaries, even without the impact of the age change. I just don't get to associate with them, since I'm in one of the few districts made up solely of Elders. I've already had a pretty good foundation in Spanish - better than I thought I had. I'm actually able to talk to the mock investigator a little. Just not with great grammar.
We'd been told that Jennifer had already read a little of the book of mormon, but didn't know much about it, so we decided to have our first lesson on the book of mormon. When we got there, she hadn't read it at all, only heard about it from her sister. We were also told that we had to give a 5 minute lesson. When we came into class a few minutes before it was supposed to start, the board had a message saying we needed a 30 minute lesson. THat was interesting. Lastly, we were told to challenge her to baptism at the end of the lesson, and not to worry, because she'd say yes. She didn't. She said she'd already been baptized Catholic, and didn't see why she needed to be baptized again. That launched us into a disucussion that we weren't prepared for. At least we got her to commit to read the BOM. On our second visit, it went much better. We taught her to pray, then challenged her to read 3