I am just so happy right now, it has been a great week and my companion, Elder Cutler is such an amazing Elder. He came all the way from the other side of the country, Nyíregyháza. He is a youngin though, making me his second companion. He has been here for two months, but he is already speaking like a champ and things are just going so well. We are even having a hard time keeping up with everything, which is a good thing!
Everything seemed to just fall into place this week, even the crazy snow storm. Of course the week that I start running more regularly, it starts snowing! It is okay though because I had so many memorable experiences this week. We taught in a college dorm, we taught the message of the restoration in a local high school English class, our English class doubled since my arrival, we had someone call US to meet, we had many investigators stay through all 3 hours of church, I spoke for my first time in church and we put another great man on a baptismal date.
Next, the English class restoration lesson. We received a text from an old investigator this week asking us to meet. We met and she just loved what we had to share. She became so excited when she realized that our message is one of happiness. In excitement, she invited us to attend and help in one of the local high school English classes. We expected to just help out these 19 year old students with their English, but due to the curiosity of the teacher, we ended up sitting there for about an hour with the small class of 4 students teaching the restoration in English. It was so unexpected, but it was wonderful. Definitely an experience to remember.
Next, church. It was so wonderful speaking in church. I had the opportunity to talk about why the gospel of Jesus Christ is important in our lives and I was able to use my favorite example of faith, that of the coconut. When my nephew Skyler turned 1, I wanted to give him a special gift, but as I scoured the store with the little money I had, my eyes fell upon a coconut. I wrapped it with love and care and when his birthday arrived, I gave to him with a smile. When my little nephew opened the simple gift, he looked at the goofy looking ball and pushed it aside to go play with the other toys he had received. With determination, I went to the garage and drilled a hole in the coconut and gently placed a small straw into the strange ball of fur. When Skyler tasted the delicious nectar in which laid beneath, a smile came across his face. Our faith is simple, it sometimes comes in the form of an odd shapes and sizes, and in the case of the missionaries, weird clothes, but if we just take the time to taste what lies beneath the surface, it will bring more happiness than we can even imagine. Our investigators came, enjoyed and stayed for the rest of the meetings. Greatest Sunday EVER.
Lastly, Elder Cutler and I helped another young man accept the challenge to prepare for baptism. He has had a rough road in life, but he is excited to have the guidance and love that can be found in this gospel.
It is as simple as that. How could I not smile with a week like that? Now the trick, keep going!
Elder Jake Nelson