Yea, so the burger I ate combined with the lack of water I had been drinking(last Monday) left me in a world of hurt. The next day I woke up with a temp of 104 degrees and my whole body was weak! Sister Berrett (mission president's wife) wanted me to go to hospital so I did.
I had to get a X-ray on my hand and had like 5 shots injected in my arm because this dude with 4 months experience could not find my vein and he destroyed my left arm and I got a sister to do the right arm. I had the chills the whole time and the AC was turned on full blast...I was dying:( The X-Ray was the same thing, waiting around in a cold room with the chills! I got my results and just dipped out and slept back at the apartment. For two days I was sick and In bed, it was such a horrible experience but thats mission life.
I was happy to do some missionary work for the last couple days of the week to try and finish of strong. We were able to meet with some less-actives and a couple of very strong investigators. The best thing that happened all week though was the fact that we had 5 people come to church:) We have never had investigators come to church since our companionship but last Sunday was such a blessing:) We prayed super hard that they would all be able to make it and that they would be able to feel of the spirit that comes when partaking of the sacrament. It was so cool to see are prayers answered again and to see the joy in their eyes when they heard the primary kids sing:)
I bought a Manchester Jersey today and ate a Papa Johns! It was amazing but not AJAZING! Im a loser... peace out bros
Finally... an amazing week for me and my Companion! We were able to do everything that we wanted and planned and we were able to reach our Key indicator for Recent Convert/Less Actives. We have been literally making it our focus in our areas to just find the less actives. When we find less actives we will also find part members and other investigators in the process. This sounds to me like we are "Hastening The Work Of Salvation". We have been maintaining that 2-3 lessons a day routine and we are trying to be as obedient as possible. The blessings come NO JOKE when you are trying your best to be exactly obedient in everything you do.
I cant even stress to any of you the power the Book Of Mormon has when you are daily reading and praying! Every time we meet with the less actives we always pull out the scriptures and have fun, whether it be reading their favorite passage or doing a little from where they left off. Some of these less actives ask us questions that could easily be answered if THEY READ THE BOOK! We have been taught the basics, Pray, Read the Scriptures, and Come to Church since we were kids and now more then ever is when I am starting to see why it has been repeated all these many years, even dispensations. People are not doing it, some think they can conquer super deep doctrine and some think they already know everything...WHAT A BUNCH OF FRUITCAKES! Me and my companion have been calling people Fruitcakes and Fruitloops our whole companionship (Are we bad people?).
If you are not doing the basics how can you expect to grow in knowledge? You can't, and then...you go inactive. One of the biggest challenges or concepts for people here to understand or to accept is that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost are 3 SEPARATE beings. They are only ONE in purpose! AHHHH!!!!!( caps rage mode...). One easy scripture to solve this problem with one who thinks or claims to be of great understanding with the Bible is Matthew 3:13-16 I believe. Talks about Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist.
This last week we also had our interviews and Zone Conference which was amazing (practices are so lame). President Berrett made it very clear to us that we are no longer doing Missionary Work here. We are to be Hastening the Work Of Salvation. Its funny because Elder Sommer and I have been doing that since we were companions so the Spirit must be guiding us in the right direction:) We are continuing to do the work we should be doing and doing that work with EVERYONE makes everything so much easier and enjoyable.
Thats my super great week, I hope y'all enjoyed yours, peace be with you, and an extra peace for you;) STAY CLASSY MY FRIENDS!
This last week has just been crazy from me and my companion. We are working as hard as possible trying to get those darn less-actives back to church. We spend so much time waiting around for busses and autos it kinda gets really annoying, but we still hold strong and have fun. We are teaching or meeting with at least 2-3 families a day and seeing how we can help them stay strong in the gospel or come back to the fold.
We have been working very closely with our leaders here and they are doing a great job in telling us where certain families live. The work is moving forward here in our area and I love it, I have many opportunities to exercise the priesthood which is also amazing. One thing that people cant really come to an understanding about here is the need for the Restoration? When we are teaching people about The Great Apostasy we have to nerf it completely because it is a very hard thing to understand when you have never thought about it before. Some people can understand it but most cant. Me and my companion are going to use the scriptures more when we teach the apostasy and help them understand that we are the only church that has the correct authority given from god restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
We do have 5 strong investigators that we are working with and we are diligently trying to answer their questions to the best of our ability. Most of them speak telugu and can understand english but can't speak which is tuff. We are trying to teach more people that speak english because thats actually what we are suppose to be doing anyway. Using a translator is fine in some situations but I don't like it, I have never felt the spirit when we have a translator because we have no idea what they are saying and they don't understand what we are saying, its hard sometimes!
Anyway hope everyone is staying nice and cute, I know I am:)
My companion and I were super motivated to just rock our area and just get like 20 new investigators. But my companion had this in-grown toe nail and it needed to get pulled out so we went to the hospital like 3 times and it took like and hour to get there. Everything is fine now, he walks around with one sandal and one shoe. Everyone looks at him strange and its actually a great conversation starter.
We have been very unfortunate with the buses here. We are looking for a specific bus and we never get it. There are some days were we are waiting like an hour or two just to get a simple bus. Pretty much we didn't have the week we wanted but that is ok because we were able to meet a lot of less-actives and a lot of new investigators. Its pretty amazing to see the blessings of being obedient in our work. We get up, have our studies and go out.
We didn't even realize it but yesterday we looked at our investigator pool and we had 12 investigators? BLESSINGS!!!! And we had both gave out all 15 OYM cards we had. 5 called back and we had like 4 referrals. When you are doing what the Lord expects of you, you will be blessed! My companion is a really hard worker and he motivates me every day!
This upcoming week when ever we have down time we are going to look through our member record and find those less-actives and bring them back to the fold! By doing that we are going to strengthen our ward and build trust with our leaders.
Diligently doing the things that matter most will lead us to the savior.