This week was pretty good! We have had a major focus this week on finding new people and trying to increase our teaching pool. We created this big list a few weeks ago of less actives and part member families and this week we went through and made a ton of progress on the list which was great. We found some new people from it and had some great lessons.
We had a really good experience this week. We were walking back to our car, we parked a long ways away, and walked to the church and while we were walking back Elder Baumann and I were talking and we were trying to figure out how we were going to find a new investigator. We just kept talking and thinking and we were a little worried cause we were running out of options and things to do. Then we got to this stop light and I looked across the street and saw this guys smoking on his porch. I told Elder Baumann we should go talk to him. As we got closer I realized that this guy looked pretty rough and I figured he was just going to give us a hard time and then tell us to leave. So anyway I walked up his steps and started talking to him and he just opened right up to us and started talking about his family and about what happens after we die and he had tons of questions. Anyways we started to teach and testify to him and he ended up becoming a new investigator. He was so prepared for the gospel, and God led us right to him. This work is so amazing, just when you start to get down and things start to get hard, the Lord lifts us up and helps us to keep going.
It's the exact same with life. I was reading a general conference talk this morning. It was called Stay By The Tree, by Elder Kevin W. Pearson. It's a great talk. He talks about enduring to the end and how we need to keep drawing closer to Jesus Christ and how we need to strengthen our commitment to live and keep our covenants. He talks about trials and how they can cause us to fall away and stop enduring, but when we turn to Christ and we ask for his help He will lift us up and help us endure!
Just remember that living the gospel and being a member of the church isn't just a once a week kind of thing. We need to constantly be thinking of Jesus Christ, and the covenants that we have made and we need to do our best to keep them!
I really do love this gospel so much and I do know that it's true. It is not easy to be a member of the church, but it is worth it. It is not easy to share the gospel but it is worth it!!!
I hope everyone has a great week, remember to be the best person you can be!
Love you all!
PS: If you are interested, Alyssa is helping me to do a project with some Books of Mormon. We are gathering everyone's testimony of the Book of Mormon and were going to write them down and glue them into the backs of the books so that when I give them away people have a testimony that they can read and relate to. If you are interested, you can write your testimony down and send it to Alyssa and she will print them all out and send them to me to stick in the Books of Mormon! I know this is a great project and it will really help people relate and see how the Book of Mormon can help them and bless their lives! (here is Alyssa's email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Love Elder Farnsworth
Me and Elder Baumann