Monday, July 22, 2013

Two months today! - 7/22/13

 Excerpts from emails and new pics....

Delci with two other sisters from her mssion.
I hope she was done with that chop stick!

Before I arrived into this GREAT CALIFORNIA LONG BEACH MISSION, Sister B (my companion) had a companion named Sister H and they contacted into a lady they named "Garden Lady" ( I think I have already told you about her). They called her this because they didn't get her name. We have gone by to see her a couple of times and it is always spiritually uplifting. A couple of Saturday's ago we were riding our bikes past her house and she was outside. We stopped to talk to her for a few minutes and she ended up asking us about what we believe the "After Life" will be like. She said that her religion teaches Purgatory and that scares her. We talked to her about the Spirit World and part of The Plan of Salvation. She thanked us and we went on our way. So this past Wednesday, Sister T (the mission president's wife) came out with us for a few hours and we decided we would introduce her to Pat (aka Garden Lady). She was outside again and she thanked us again for telling her about the Spirit World. She said, "it brought peace to my soul". We talked to her a little bit more and and asked if we could come back and teach her a little bit more about what we believe. We were expecting her to tell us that she loves us and that if she wasn't Catholic she would be Mormon, but she said, "Sure, I think I would really like that..." The Lord has prepared her, one of his precious daughters, to come into the waters of baptism and to be one step closer to living with Him again.

Delci and her Trainer

We knock on a lady's door yesterday and she said that she didn't believe in Jesus Christ. She believes in God, but not Jesus Christ. She said He brought more hell to this earth than anything else. It broke my heart.

The Zone...
...having fun

Last night we went and asked a member for the address of someone we met and he told us he wouldn't give the address to us, "because he is no good for the gospel..." WHO SAYS THAT???? Ughhh, it is so frustrating sometimes. Yeah, I was so mad! In preach my gospel it says, "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." That is the truth. If Brother M will just have faith, the atonement will help him.

Sherry is our progressing investigator that just walked into church. She is doing awesome. She just thinks she needs to know everything, and read the whole Book of Mormon before she can get baptized...WrongO BongO!

Delci's district

Sister B and I have been really been working on specific prayers. The morning of July 10th, Sister B prayed that we would meet one person that was willing to meet with us. As we started out on our bikes that morning, we were headed south when Sister B felt like we should turn around and go through the park. I didn't know at the time that it was a spiritual prompting. As we got to the park we saw a kid playing soccer by himself. He was the only on in the park and Sister B said, "I want to talk to him", so we awkwardly walked out with our bikes and said, "Hi..." He smiled but was not too interested in starting up a conversation. We walked on and Sister B kept looking back at him (I know he must have felt creeped out, Ha). We sat and watched as he packed up his bag and went into the bathroom. Sister B couldn't shake the feeling that we needed to talk to him. He came out of the bathroom and we were still there (at this point he HAD to feel creeped out!). He started walking to his car and Sister B said, "Well it's just a lost cause..." and I said, "Sister B, do you feel like this is the spirit telling you to talk to him?" she said yes, so we continued stalking him. We pulled up to his car. Long story semi short, he had moved from Utah when he was six and he knew "Mormons". He is Catholic. Sister B asked if we could set up a time to meet with him, and he agreed! People! Heavenly Father will answer your prayers if you faithfully ask and put forth the work.

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