Things are going great all up herr in the missionary lifestyle. Our zone is doing great, and we had a pretty solid week. Because we live close to the mission home, we have brand new missionaries and "dying" or finishing missionaries stay with us. Last week we had some finishing missionaries stay with us and we took them to the mission office where we saw them meet their families!! All the sisters that came out with us, are home!! Soooo weird. But man, I'm glad I have 6 months left! :D
|The 3 of us came out here together. We decided to retake this pic. in 6 months. dun dun dun!! Sorry for the face hahah.|
|Watching missionaries that were in my MTC district see their families when picked up!|
This morning, we had MLC in St. David for a couple hours with President Passey and Elder Malm of the seventy! He instructed us and gave us a great council. It was one of the best meetings I've been to on my mission. Wow. The spirit led the entire discussion. President Passey instructed us on how to work with famillies. He brought up some good points, especially for something so important. Elder Malm opened up our eyes on how to see people as "yes-sayers" instead of "no." What an incredible opportunity it was. Tomorrow we'll have a half-mission conference with him for a few hours, and then tomorrow night he is instructing any investigators or new members in a fireside! Woohoo!!
This scripture kept coming to mind with Elder Malm:
56 Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.
The 'miracle walk':
We found a couple potentials named Eric and Cassie, a couple in our apartment complex. At our appointment, they had two non-member friends that were over and they were all smoking...something...luckily it didn't really smell. Nonetheless, we watched the Restoration video as promised and taught a mini-Restoration and committed them to all come to church! Unfortunately, our church is at 8:30 (along with 7am Ward Council), so no one showed up out of 7 or 8 people that said they would be there. Ugh. Next week for sure. ANYWAYS! After the lesson, we started walking to our appointment also in our apt. complex, when a guy walks out of his car and when we talked with him, he told us he would like some Jesus in his life and would like us over! After getting an RA, we continued walking to our app. when a mini-van *Mormon alert* drove up. The mom in the mini-van is a member that hasn't been to church for a while, and her husband is a non-member, but they asked to feed us! We are eating with them tomorrow! Man. Tucson is much different than other places I've served in.... CIVILIZATION!! There's more people here! Which means a lot of talking, which I love. No idea how long I'll serve here for, but no matter what, I'll give it my best shot.
|A youth activity we were asked to go to, to find people to teach!|
Another night we had a MIRACLE. We had 20 minutes left until 9pm pumpkin time. We decided to walk to the next door apartments, and then walked through a couple paths and found a couple who were just recently taught by missionaries and want us over again!! Miracle. We'll be going over to Joselyn and Alex's on Wednesday, and we're praying for the best!
The Lord blessed us with a good amount of lessons this past week. Ever since I was transferred here, and with talking to missionaries in our zone, we have all felt that the Lord is ready to hasten this part of His vineyard. In the Gila Valley from day 1 that the work would increase in 3 or so months, but here it feels like it'll happen right away if we take proper action. We've already seen an increase in almost everything. At our zone breakout, we set really solid expectations for the zone and set zone goals to never say negative things (as I'm trying hard to work on :P) to help out our areas, to share miracles with the zone over text, along with a couple other things. I've served with a few missionaries that are in our zone, and we're all super stoked to be here!
We were able to teach:
Kelly who has had a really rough life. Our lesson with her was on the BOM and first vision which really brought the spirit. She'll be at church this Sunday too! Almost set a date with her.
Raymon was a street contact. We taught about the BOM and extended a date, but he wants to read more which is understandable for his situation. He rocks and we will keep y'all updated!
Camela is a former invest. who had a date at one point, but then struggled with cancer and a lot of things. Our lesson with her was solid!
Things seemed to fall into place this past week, and we were able to give out a solid referral for YSA too. Other people came up to us who just want the Gospel more in their life, such as Heather and Jared. A family moved into our ward recently and they are awesome and are coming back to church! They are the Shell family, and also live in our apt. complex. Our apartment complex is on fire!! The Lord prepares people where His servants are living.
I can already tell that we'll be focusing a lot on working with members over in this zone. Hopefully we can meet with the Stake Presidency here soon to get some things going. Getting members out with us and helping us being involved with them can be tricky. Our Stake President is great, and I'm super stoked to be serving here.
Well folks, the awesome church is true. I know that we all accepted God's plan for us and if we look at all of God's children for who they can become, and the plan that they DID accept at one point, we will be able to lose ourself in helping them, without even realizing it. I know that Charity leads to helping others come to the gospel, naturally. I know that God wants to be involved in every single aspect of our lives. From missionary work, school work, family, or exercising. I know that God always wants to help us out if it's for good. I love this church with my whole heart and know that it has saved my life.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Well, this tard has to sign off soon to do zone sports and fun stuff!
-Elder Dallin Hales