Another great week here in the Mormon Motherland, or Mormon Mecca, or whatever.
So, we have our fantastic friend Darrell on different date for
baptism, June 4th. We took him to a musical fireside last night and he
really enjoyed it. There was a deaf missionary that got up, with a
translator, and bore her testimony on how she had decided that she was
going to kill herself, because she just felt empty, and then she had a
friend talk to her about the gospel and she got interested and met
with some ASL missionaries and as she learned about Jesus Christ and
his plan for us she felt lighter and more happy and now here she is
serving a mission 2 years later. This really connected with Darrell,
because he was in mindset of suicide when he met us, but he’s said as
he’s been meeting with us, and more importantly reading and praying,
he just feels lighter (Matthew 11:28-30 anyone!?). I love Darrell,
such and awesome guy, and humble.
Last week we handed out about 25 copies of the Book of Mormon, which
was fun, but we didn’t really see much from it… Until! Wednesday! We
had a youth-ish with us, he leaves on his mission this Wednesday for
the Four Corners Area, and as we’re walking about one guy that we
talked to the week before came running out of his house and yell “Hey
Bretheren!” At this point we’re like “uh-oh”. Last time we met this
guy he was like bashing in a nice way. He approached more like, oh you
poor deceived kids, but he used all the typical bashes. Like the “do
not add or take away” deal in Revelations and other similar stuff that
all have super easy answer (like, well the Book of Revelations was
written before about half the New Testament…. So…). Well,
apparently the answers we gave him removed enough misunderstanding to
give him reason to attempt to read the BoM. He said he read about the
Tree of Life and all this other stuff, and he asked his mom if she
believed the Nephites existed and she said of course (the guy is like
mid 20s I think) and he prayed about it and he said God told them that
they definitely did. And now he wants to meet with us. Kind of crazy.
There was a girl that we were working with when I first got in the
area, but she lived in a different stake so we had to hand her off (a
friend of hers in this stake got her started with the lessons) to
other missionaries. And long story short, she is the most active
nonmember in the world, she really wanted to be baptized, but she was
afraid her mom would disown her if she was baptized (not that it
matters, but they are Vietnamese), so she just decided she’d wait
until she was 18 to be baptized (like a 3-4 month wait from the time
she decided) and she’s 18 now and her date is this Saturday, buuuut.
She still hadn’t talked to her mom. So she waited until after Prom,
which was Saturday and she talked to her yesterday. One whole ward, a
lot of people in the Stake, and us directed our fast last week towards
her mom being okay with it all. And we finally got news of it, and her
mom is 100% supportive. Which is super surprising and exciting.
Then Good Ole Frank. We had our turn over lesson this week. We had to
give him to the Sisters in Taylorsville, since he got a house, but we
told him we’re still going to be stopping in every once in a while
since the lesson are going to be held in our area at a Bishops home.
We extended a baptismal date to him and he said, oh yah, I’ve already
decided Bishop Crosby will baptize me. So, we think he’ll do pretty
well. June 11th I believe is his date. Exciting.
A lot has happened this week, but this is long enough as is.
The Book of Mormon is awesome by the way. I’m in Alma 40-60 or
something and it’s the whole time where Moroni comes in and kicks
trash. The Teancum goes all haus. And the Young Men, stripling,
Warriors go all ham. It’s just at the part where you have a hard time
putting it down.
45 Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for
they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting
for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children,
and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.
46 And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they
owed to their God; for the Lord had said unto them, and also unto
their fathers, that: Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first
offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be
slain by the hands of your enemies.
I love y’all.
Do good work.