Thursday, November 24, 2011

Week of 10/31/11

What's up family?

Things here are doing pretty well. We had transfers this past Thursday so that was fun. I already knew that Elder Palmer and I are staying in our area. But our sister ward next to us, we switch off every week with the car, got a new missionary who came out with Elder Palmer and close to the end of his mission. I am pretty happy because the missionary that stayed, could use a little push and really needed a missionary who works hard and they can actually accomplish goals and teach more people. This past week was a really busy one. We were biking and walking a lot trying to teach as many people as possible. I was really happy because we finally met with this part member family. The husband walks out and starts talking to us. This was the first time we met him. He had a thick accent so I asked where he was from. He said mexico and I got so excited. We talked in spanish for a bit and talked to the other kids and stuff. It was such a sweet experience. We set up another time to meet with them and in the mean time we can find out from the ward who isn't baptized in the family because they are really solid and want to come back to church. We find out both parents are and a kid which we didn't know that the spanish guy was already baptized but we are hoping to reactivate them and baptize the rest of the kids. We also had some success with this referral we got from a less-active crazy guy. The lady is nice and she came to church yesterday and really liked it and wants to learn more. She is starting to really open getting to know members of the church. I think we have a really good fellowship for her which is really awesome. I was praying the whole time that she would feel the spirit as she came to church (she expressed to us that she would know if this is the right church for her once she walks in and sees how she feels). My prayer was answered and she felt the spirit and was respectful throughout the day. Instead of "amen" she likes to say "rock on" or "rock n roll" which is really funny. She is really open minded and hippie kinda. But still she is really nice and think she is progressing and she seems interested in being baptized so hopefully that is someone we can really help out. She has lots of questions and asks legit stuff that we are able to answer and help her out. I felt really good about it. Also goes to show the power of the spirit. I was really scared because the lesson in gospel principles was on eternal marriage which is a rather deep topic for someone who knows nothing about the church. We only met with her once and invited her to come to church and she actually came. But despite the deep stuff (our teacher was saying deep stuff and vocab that blew her mind i.e. endowment, celestial kingdom, temple, priesthood, etc.) she was able to feel the spirit and learn a lot and now wants to learn more. It is the spirit that converts people, not so much the doctrine. I really found that out with Tammy (our new investigator that came to church).
So this week has been really good and busy which is always good to be busy as a missionary. Happy Halloween! We are pretty excited because it is p-day which is always fun. We got some candy so we can have that. And our mission president has asked all missionaries to be in their apartments by 7 pm tonight and not work tonight because it is dangerous, no one will take us seriously as we knock on doors, etc. It is ineffective to teach on a holiday I have found out. I really loved the Halloween package you guys sent. It was really sweet and enjoy a little candy and mac & cheese. Thanks for all you do. Love you all.

Elder Roe

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