Well, we had some good experiences this week Still no investigators at church, but maybe there is something we are missing and need to learn. Gotta keep the hope kindling bright, every storm will pass and the shower of blessings will come!
We are teaching a lot of men right now which is a blessing in and of its self! Mark Smith, and Marlon Archibald are some top investigators. Both have a word of wizzum issue, but are reading and are sincere when we meet. Getting them to church will be the next step! We got another bike so we can pick members up and take them teaching. Maybe a bad idea, cost a pretty penny, but really excited for that cuz fellowship is so key in conversion. The testimony, the question answering and personal experience from a native person is awesome. 80% of the converts that stay and join the church are through members. Super important, no matta how many missionaries we have in the world, if we don't have members to support and desire after this work (mosiah 28:3) as well, nothing will gwan! Guaranteed the crop will be meager, but as we teach the farmers and they can see the fruits of their labor we build some real machines for the lord, even hell shakers! (Alma 48)
President Singh came with us to see his friend Jackie. We had a strong spirit there as he bore testimony of importance of scripture study and revelation through prayer. We tore apart 2 Nephi 4. We all learned something new as the spirit pointed out cool things to us! The describing words used in the scriptures are amazing and so descriptive! In this chapter, I think verse 21, talks about a love that consumes our flesh! Consumes! That's awesome! Also the next verse talking bout at night he received his visions through much prayer! Are we receiving ours? Our guidance and revelation?! And it’s the spirit that played such a role in that lesson. In any lesson! Shall Not teach without. It’s a command. (d&c 42) 2 others that really stuck out this week in the scriptures was the spirit burned in their bosom or it pierced them to their souls 3nephi 11. Nuff description? Burn or pierced. I’ve had both happen and these marks stay with you for life. If we allow the spirit in, it will bring these things to our remembrance and you won’t be able to get rid of them! That's so Powerful! We did a split that same night with the bishopric. Home teaching is so important. The faces just lit up when we came by. Several blessings as well. The members that have been active for like 20+ years say they can count on 1 hand the number of visits they have had.. only a few members even know where they live. Get familiar with your ward family. It’s your duty and privilege!
The only other two events that stick out to me this week are a lesson we had with Gavin Duncan, a new investigator who after going through half of the restoration was convinced the world was truly in apostasy and needed a prophet. To his surprise we answered that! He is a teacher in his church and had a commitment this week to teach on justification, but next week he plans to come! Solid man!
The other was a time when God led someone to us. We had about half hour before our next appointment and weren't shore what to do. I felt strongly prompted to stop in a lane and schedule appointments and that someone would be brought to us. Okay.... we did it and not 5 minutes later a young man came by and asked" hey can I ask y'all a question? What are you guys all bout, what do you do?!" Whoa, got Sean a new investigator who just came down from New York, also going to meet with him and his family this week! Tender Mercies indeed and only if we listen to those still small promptings that sometimes seem irrational and not going to lead anywhere. This is the Lord’s work and he knows what he is doing. We would ask a boss what to do before working, why not the same with the spiritual. The same applies, if we apply the knowledge we have obtained.
Have a great week. I love you all and may the work go forth wherever we are! Bless up!Elder Wilkerson