Monday, we played indoor football and had dinner with the Hansens. They were just released from the Temple Presidency, so we asked them all kinds of questions about symbolism and so on. They were really patient with us and fed us well, and Brother Hansen said he’d love to come out and help us teach.
Tuesday, we had four appointments, and everything was going to be awesome, and then three of them dropped (one of them dropped twice! He apologized later, but it was frustrating nonetheless). The one lesson we did have, with Brother Hurst at Sarah’s house, was great. We taught her son Elijah and his friend Adrian about faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end, and Brother Hurst kept it quick and kid-friendly. That night Jake, our ward mission leader, took us out to visit less-actives, and we went and tried an address in a town 20 minutes away. The people who had lived there had moved, but we got to talk to the couple who currently lives there. Jake asked if the man’s wife was his mother and handled putting his foot in his mouth pretty well.
Wednesday, we had a lesson with Manny, Sarah’s significant other, and President Gardner, the Second Counselor in our Stake Presidency. We taught the Restoration, and it went really well. Manny had some good questions, I’m glad we took President Gardner because he helped explain things better than we could have. We’re really excited about Manny, he seems like the kind of man that if he discovers that what we’re teaching is true, he’ll do everything can to pursue it and live by it.
The best part of Wednesday evening was that we got Ashley, a teenage girl we just started teaching, to come to Young Women’s, and she had a great time and the girls embraced her wholeheartedly. Watching people be welcomed so warmly by the ward is wonderful.
Thursday, we had a really good lesson with Ashley and Jeffrey (He’s a member and he’s friends with her at school) about the Plan of Salvation. Ashley is really open and is looking for something to help her family, so she’s been absorbing everything like a sponge.
Friday, we went on exchanges with the Spanish Elders and I went with Elder Cubur into the Spanish area. It was a long and frustrating day, we set up three appointments for later in the day and they all bailed on us. But Elder Cubur and I got a lot of time to talk, and I got to try a restaurant named Slim Chickens for dinner (I just liked the logo, but the food was pretty good). We stayed up late talking about Les Miserables – Elder Cubur had watched it but hadn’t paid any attention, and then I explained the plot and he was like, “Oh my gosh, I need to watch this again!”
Saturday, was really lame. We switched back and then had to take the truck into the shop. Fortunately it was a minor issue, so we weren’t stranded, but it just ate up time. We visited a part-member family named the Kails, who ended up feeding us dinner. It was great getting to know them, but the wife, who was a member of the LDS Church, left some years ago, and didn’t seem to recall much of what she had learned while she was active.
Sunday was NUTS. We had our primary program, and we had 300 people at sacrament meeting. Ashley came, and Sarah and Manny and their kids came. We confirmed Cathy, which she said made her feel much better (she’s had a really rough week). Gospel Essentials was taught by Brother Hansen and it was the best, clearest lesson on the keys of the Priesthood I’ve ever had. Elders Quorum was good, Manny asked some good questions and got an actual discussion going (the Elders Quorum here isn’t very good at discussion normally). The only sour note was that one of the members dismissed a comment I made by saying “That’s a very missionary comment,” which was A) silly, because I was quoting President Spencer W. Kimball, and B) really bugged Manny, who felt like the man was undermining me and implying that what missionaries teach people in their homes isn’t really what the church practices. Moral of the story: Don’t be a jerk at church! Don’t undermine other people when they participate! And don’t talk down to missionaries in front of their investigators! I wasn’t really bothered by it, but Manny called us later that evening and brought it up and then brought it up again when we stopped by Sarah’s house to check up on them.
We also had a great lesson with Ashley on the Doctrine of Christ, but we really need to work on getting her mom involved.
Welp, that’s it for this week! The weather is getting colder and Turkey Day is nigh. Next week is going to be AWESOME!
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Even a short, encouraging e-mail would be great!
And here’s his mailing address:
700 S. Wicklow #1001
Stillwater OK 74074