It has been another great week, but there were some really difficult aspects. It was hard to have both of our baptismal candidates just not show up for about 6 planned programs in total. Despite the hardships, there were miracles.
Thursday was one of the harder days of the week. We had 5 programs scheduled and it seemed set and ready to go, but then one by one, the programs started falling through. This isn't just programs set up on the street, but also investigators on baptismal date. We just started finding between our planned programs, but one by one they fell through until they were all gone. We ended up finding for 7 hours straight, not having any success for the first 6 1/2 hours. In those 6 1/2 hours we also happened to talk to 2 people who just began trying to "Bible bash" with us; including a super strange man who just "happened" to have a Bible in his pocket and a scar of an "X" carved into his forehead.
|Jake's angry face on the day the investigators didn't show up for their programs|
Although it was a hard day, we kept pushing forward. In that last half hour we found two great people. That night as we returned for dinner, we received a call from a local member telling us about a wonderful family that just wandered into our branch house. The member did some great missionary work and gave our number and a "Book of Mormon" to the small family and invited them to our English class. They are coming this week to meet us so we can begin teaching them about the gospel.
Although our Thursday and our week didn't turn out as planned, we worked hard. Our success may not have been what we were expecting or hoping for, the Lord provided for us and reached out in help.
It may not have been the greatest week for the work, but I think that it really helped me to turn to the Lord. Prayer is SO much help. I can't even imagine life without it. We were able to meet with many new investigators this week and I just love teaching prayer and the importance thereof. I love to see the smile on people's faces when they learn of this amazing help. It is so simple, the prayer hamburger! The buns that start and end the hamburger always have to stay, but the middle is like Burger King, have it your way!
Conference was so great! It is always EXACTLY what I need. I was really touched by one thing in particular from conference. In the Saturday night session, a 70 spoke of expectations, how we either rise or fall to them. I really took a close look at my missionary work and my personal expectations for my investigators. I think that is the key to our missionary work, expectations for investigators, companions, friends and ourselves. If we raise our own personal expectations, we will raise our effectiveness, we will change more lives. With God, he has nothing but perfection set as His expectation. Although it is a high bar and we will not reach said expectation in this life, He never lowers it because He knows the importance of expecting nothing but the best. If we apply the same principal to our lives and our personal happiness, there wouldn't be a place big enough to hold our joy!
I love Elder Brown. He is such a good missionary and he has such good insights, I just can't wait to see what this next week has in store for us.
|Elder Brown in front of his graffiti name, Tony|
Make this week wonderful and one to remember!
Elder Jake Nelson