Alma 29:9

Alma 29:9
I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wed, Our appointment cancelled tonight so we went and played basketball with the other elder's and they had a couple of potentials and youth that came to play so it was really good! Had some fun, Then a member the Boyce family had us over for dinner! Super fun P-day!

Thurs, We had an appointment that held this morning! Wait....two appointments! No Way!, Esther is a former investigator who was taught about a year ago. Her teaching record says she is golden! There was a J.W. there when we got there but he was really nice and had to get going so he said a prayer with her brother who he is meeting with! Super weird to hear some other faiths pray sometime but it was a good prayer. We then taught a little about the plan of salvation cause Esther asked us if we believed in heaven and hell cause the J.W. don't and it was all awkward cause everyone turned and looked at us...we said yes and said we would explain further about it during the lesson. Anyways it turned out to be really good. She remember's alot from what she was taught and wants us to come every Thursday! We then saw Nikos. We talked to him a while ago and finally got an appointment. We sat down at his table and heard a big boom from the microwave! It was kinda scary haha. He tried to boil an egg in the microwave..apparently it doesn't work lol. We shared a little about he book of Mormon and gave him a copy. Committed him to read he said he would. Kinda shaky on a return appointment tho. Hopefully we will see him again. We then had a good day weekly planning. Planned what we were going to do and put up alot more less-active member's. We have been by every single person on our map at least once and some multiple. I am running out of idea's to do. We have been keeping track of our contacts and we talked to 50 people this week just out on the street. If we would have seriously talked to every single person we saw i don't think it would have gotten about 75. We have been working like crazy and hopefully things will start to fall into place!

Fri, We visited with Sis Puckett today again! What a great lady. She recovered from having to go in an ambulance from church on Sunday! I think she has been in the hospital more than anyone else i know. Her blood pressure just gets too low. She is the culprit of me and knowing my blood pressure is low too haha. Speaking of which...where is mine supposed to be? I don't remember what Dr. Judd always measured it as...We then saw a ton of people to no avail of any door being answered! we had dinner with Bro Berg and his wife! It was super good. Barbeque Chicken! We ate lunch at 11 today and were just starving when we got there. They cooked alot and said we expect you to eat it haha. Well i think they figured we ate about 4.5lbs of chicken combined haha. It was too good and i was full! We then had a long conversation on what we can do with the ward and what he needs to do with his calling! I always struggle when people ask me that ?! There is alot of things that he can do and he is prolly the best ward mission leader i have had on my mission! We then saw one more person that night and he wasn't interested. A former investigator that didn't really like seeing us again...

Sat, today was great! We finally saw Alanson today! We taught him a little lesson also about just how to be happy. He wants it super bad but just doesn't seem to have the action behind his words. He had a court date to get off of parole in October so i hope that he will get things figured out by then and be coming to church regularly before! Got him a ride all ready to go and he bailed again for some reason...we then met a less-active who has been living up here for 5 years and hasn't had contact with the church. Kinda crazy too i think. Talked with him for 10 min. He quit coming cause he decided he liked coffee and smoking too much. Interesting feller. We got a dinner today to pick up from the Kabagama family! They are super awesome! Super good chicken they gave us!

Sun, church was great. Every first Sunday in this ward we go into primary for Sharing time instead of Gospel Principles and then the other Elder's go during Priesthood! It is always nice to go and sing with the Primary. I remember not liking it when i was in Primary but it was just nice to go and sing with them. we also got to go and help teach about missionary work in primary for 10 minutes! Super good. These kids really do have testimony's! we then read some scriptures with Bro Alexander! Changed the meeting to Monday instead of Sunday so we can buy an ice cream! I also thought about it and decided we should try to move it so we don't put off a wrong impression, mormon missionaries go to BK every Sunday after church haha. We then went out with Bro Berg! Had him take us to all the places that are a long ways to bike! We knocked on 8 doors to no avail, then Bro Berg suggested we pray to get in the next one. Well we did and we did get in the next door. It was an active member's home, but we didn't know until they told us that their son-in-law and daughter moved back and they want us to meet with them to get them back to church! They are really nice and the father, Bro Ilagen gave a really spiritual testimony today in church! Really sincere. After that the next door opened! Said the less-active was on vacation! Then, the next door opened too! Part-member family who had us come back the next day! She is pretty less-active but she and her catholic husband had a baby and decided that the best faith to raise him will be mormon! She also claimed it is a little hypocritical of them to want to raise him mormon and not be doing it themselves! I hope that they will want to take the lessons soon. They said they were going to have us over for some Ethiopian food! Can't wait for that! We then were dropped off at the Bethke home for dinner! It was super good and i ate way too much! Hungry bike elder agian. I gave the spiritual thought on prayer and i thought it was pretty powerful because of what happened today. Prayers are heard. I think we sometimes look over them but they really are answered!

Mon, I woke up not feeling good at all today. I think it was because i ate to much to be honest. I was just wiped out all morning. Got feeling better tho thankfully but my boost for today was about 0! Glad i have a good comp who pushed me out the door. Had some awesome appointments today too! Short one with a new investigator Kelvin! He is 21 and says he is "searching" for a church since he moved but he hasn't been looking that hard. shared about what makes our church different..the book of Mormon and set up a time to come back. He sounded pretty sincere when he said he would read it so i hope so. It was super short lesson cause we were on the stairs but i like having short visit's with people. Just get right down to the point of why we are here. We then did some Family History with the Less-active man, Bro Groome. He knows his stuff and started doing family history right after he joined the church and just loves it! Fell away from the church about a year after he joined but Family History stuck to him. I think that is a testimony to me to start people on family history right after they join the church or come back because it just grabs people. I showed him how to run the FamilySearch website a little bit and just had a good talk. He showed us all his stuff from when he first started. Had a huge paper that you can keep track of the temple ordinances for his ancestor's from 5 generations back! I hope that he will tell us yes that we can submit the work for the people he has found. maybe save alot of people with just one person! We shall see if he wants to do that.We then had that visit with the Pena family i talked about yesturday. the part member fam...we then had a good visit with a less active lady sister Perelli! She is from Brazil but is working 7 days a week to make a living! I don't know what to tell people like that. Quit working? She hasn't been reading the Book of Mormon either so hopefully she can start with that step. Line upon Line i suppose

Tues, Zone Training was really good this morning. It truly is an exciting time to be a missionary in the church right now. It feels alot different from when i started. It has all come since the announcement too. The Prophet truly gets revelation from God that is for sure in my mind now! There was a member who came and gave us some good advice. The thing that sticks out most in my mind is what he said about the #'s! "the thing that matter's most to me looking back on my mission, is the things that don't show up in the #'s!" Said a couple more things too. but it was just really good. We ended up losing our phone somewhere after the meeting and now so that is hard now, we have appointments and can't confirm them with the member's we have coming haha. First time i have lost something like that! Makes it kinda hard! We met with Amanda today and also with Sis Francis! It was good meetings. Just talked mainly. They both have non-member husbands. It looks like that would be hard to do. Both seem to be doing okay with it tho so that is good!

Wed, We worked out this morning cause we don't have a phone to call what missionary's with cars are doing haha. Went shopping and came to e-mail! Kinda a chill P-day! It is nice to relax tho!
Thanks for the e-mails! They were good today!
Love Elder Stoor

Seth really enjoyed the American Indian Museum (part of the Smithsonian) ~ he sent 2 pictures today:

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