|Tracting in Barnhartvale|
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Just Do It!
Hey, Sorry my email last week was pretty boring and didn't really say anything at all but this week’s will be a lot better. Luckily the bar is not set that high.
Well this week we didn’t have a lot of teaching appointments and so we did quite a bit of tracting and trying to contact former investigators because at the end of the last transfer we stopped teaching a bunch of our investigators because they were not progressing and they were just not getting anything out of our visits. So this week we were trying to find some new people to teach and we found some really cool people while tracting so hopefully we will get to meet them this week.
One of the people we met was a guy named Corey and we tracted into him on Friday and we did our usual missionary door approach and asked him if we could do any service for him and he told us on Sunday he was going to shovel and scrape all the ice off his drive way so we quickly jumped at the offer to help him. When we went back on Sunday to help him we didn’t really go expecting to teach him or expecting anything from him to want to listen to us but while we were shoveling off his driveway he started asking us questions about what we believe and why we are so different. So we answered a lot of his questions and one thing that really seemed to surprise him was that almost everything besides the trinity was what he believed in. This really seemed to stick out to me because people always think that we are so different and that we believe in crazy things but when it comes down to it, to the things that we truly believe are not that different. When it comes to how Christ ran his church when he was alive it’s the exact same way our church is run today. A lot of things people hear about the church are wrong, like the guy we ran into this week who told us that to be a Mormon you had to have 1 year’s worth of food storage and If your husband was not a member you only have like 5 years to convert him or you have to divorce him. People seem to trust the internet instead of the people who are actually apart of the church. At the end of the day all that matters is that we know that this is the Church that is ran by Christ today and that we know that what we are doing is right.
On another note I had to give a training in District meeting about relying on the spirit. This is something that I have really learned on my mission is to always follow the spirit! One of the most asked questions when it comes to following the spirit is "How to I know if it is the spirit or if it is just me thinking?" and a quote in PMG from Gordon B Hinkley that said something to the effect that if it is a prompting to do good then it is from the spirit. This is something I have gained a testimony of that if we are prompted to do something good then Just Do It!! Because almost all of the promptings we get to do good or to help are from the spirit. The spirit is so crucial to us but if we do not follow the promptings we receive then it is useless. So it is crucial and vital to follow those promptings that we receive. I know how hard it is to follow those promptings especially when it is something we struggle with. If we follow those promptings and do it even if we feel inadequate we will be blessed to accomplish it. I have seen this because if you don’t know I am not a very outgoing and talkative person so missionary work is not the thing I am best at but I have really learned to rely on the spirit to help me and to guide me in those things that I struggle with. It just takes some faith.
Well I have to go hope this email was a little better than the last and if it wasn’t, well, what you are going to do I’m in Canada!
Love Elder Slack