Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 13 and 20

                                                                                    February 20, 2012
Well… I’m very tired. I don’t know if I have ever been as tired as I have been in the mission. I remember when I use to complain about having to walk a few blocks. Now I walk blocks and if it’s more than fifteen, then yeah It’s a Little ways away but oh well. It’s the investigator and we do everything for them.
This week we had a bunch of stuff. I don’t even remember what all happened. We did have a sweet conference. It was based on obedience. I’ve talked a lot about obedience in the last few weeks so I won’t talk too much about it. But it was a lot better done than I did. The whole room was so silent that you could have heard a pin drop.
This week as far as investigators go... it’s been ok:
First we are still working with Elba. There is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. She started reading the Book of Mormon on her own! And she is praying so things should be going good in no time. She is still in a lot of confusion but we are hoping that everything goes well. So that’s the progress report on her.
Next is an older guy named Arturo. It’s hard to teach him because he’s a bit like Grandpa Woodward (as in he gets off topic really easy and has a ton of stories). He’s one of the guys that you listen really hard and when he says anything remotely that you can use for the lesson, you just go for it. But there was a cool thing that happened with him. We went there this week to pick him up to go to church and he wasn’t there but we had a nice little chit chat with his daughter. She had a bunch of questions (she came last week to church but she was only able to come one hour and we couldn’t get a hold of her the rest of the week. We talked to her on Sunday and it all went really well! Then on Sunday in sacrament meeting there was a little bit of “help from above”. An area seventy came and talked. That helped stir the pot. She has a ton of questions. During church she had a bunch of questions about Doctrine and Covenants and things like that. I gave her a Book of Mormon to get things started and she didn’t want to listen to the speakers, because she wanted to read. Never had an investigator so interested in the Book of Mormon.
Also we have another guy that is coming along. It might take a while but we are trying hard. He says that he wants to come closer to God. We had a great first lesson a few weeks ago. Since then we have only been able to see him a few times. But because we keep trying he said that he’d start taking it a bit more serious because of us being persistent. That’s nice! He’s a dad with a wife and three kids. It could take a long time to get to the rest of the kids but we are starting.
Well the time has run out so I will be quick. In one of the lessons that we had with Elba we had a nice little analogy. All of us have a type of illness. It’s called mortality and human error. With this illness we are not able to go back and live with our Heavenly Father. To get rid of that illness, we go to a hospital. There we get treatment and we are given guidance as to what we can do to help control this illness. Sometimes these instructions are a little different and even difficult to follow. But we always have the head doctor’s phone number to ask if this is really what we need to do. And also while we are in the hospital, should we be surprised to see that the health of the other people isn’t so good? No, they are there for the same reason. To get better.
Con amor,
Elder Mackay

                                                                                          February 13, 2012
Well, it’s been an interesting week! We have been working hard and we have been trying to get things organized. It’s been fun working though. We have found a few new people.
This week we are continuing with Elba. She has progressed a little bit. Before she didn’t like to pray at night, but now she prays on her own. Also her sons are starting to warm up to us. We are penetrating little by little. She went to church this week so it’s ok with her.
This week also we found a cool guy. He says he wants to start his life over. We talked about baptism and how it has the power to cleanse us from sin, like we were starting over. He likes that idea, but he was drunk Saturday and Sunday so we got a little bit of work to do.
Also we found a guy named Arturo. We knew him a long time ago but we haven’t gone back with him in a long time. We talked about baptism and it worked out pretty well. He said that a long time ago he got baptized, but that he later found out that the church that he was going to was a hoax so he felt like that baptism wasn’t right. Pretty well prepared I’d guess. Later on Sunday, he brought his daughter with him to church. It worked out pretty well.
We are just trying to get things done and get everything organized. It’s interesting breaking in a newbie. He’s really cool. He is the only active member of his family so that gives him a little bit of motivation. He works fast too. He worked in an office before so he understands time well. We are starting to gel too. Although he is my first companion that’s taller than me. He’s got me by about an inch and a few pounds too. I put in a picture of him so that should give you an idea of how it is.
This week I was studying in my personal study about 2 Nephi chapter 9. Things are set up so well in the plan of salvation. But could I really expect something less from my Heavenly Father? All of this makes so much sense. And how long did I wander around leaving my scriptures untouched and on the desk? If I could I would love to study for hours and hours. There are so many things that reading the scriptures they just "click". I understand now how important it is to study the scriptures. I understand why our Heavenly Father wants us to study them. They literally guide us to do what we need to do. I love my hour of personal study. I remember before doing Duty to God and I would leave it till the very last days. Why did I do it like that? It wasn’t worth it. Studying the scriptures help us so much to know what to do. There are unlimited answers there to those who look and search for them.
Con amor,
Elder Mackay

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