This week was pretty routine and we visited our investigators and got to talk to some people that were passing by. The people here are always looking for ways to come closer to God, and sometimes that really makes it hard on us. There are so many religions out here and such a large variety of people, that, sometimes it feels like we are just blending in with all the other churches that are around here that are trying to get as many people in their congregation as they can. Its sometimes frustrating when I walk up to someone and introduce myself and what I do just for them to say “I already have a church.” I find that statement a little sad. Sure they have a church, but do they have the truth? It’s the people like that, that I want to help the most. In order to do that I have been studying the bible a lot lately. I knew that this was the Bible belt but I really did not think about how little I knew about the bible until now. I am now much better versed in the bible than before and am able to better understand where all the other people are coming from with their believes. One scripture that I am coming back to a lot when teaching is 2nd Corinthians 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” This explains so much to me and clears up so many questions that people have about the church. And lets people know that the Book of Mormon is not an extension of the Bible or a revised version of it, but is the second witness to the Bible’s teachings. The teachings that are found in both the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the same and both bear testimony of Jesus Christ. My testimony has grown so much just from studying the scriptures and praying about their teachings. Speaking of teaching I have been using the index cards that Dad sent with me for lessons and they have been super useful for people that I meet on the streets and need a quick thought.
Things were pretty good this week. The lessons that we gave were all great and I gave a few of them. They went well and I got the point that I was trying to make across, so that’s a success right? The tour of the church building with Demarkus fell through the cracks so we are just going to keep inviting him to the meetings until he finally does. The baptism that we had with Alexis was great, as mentioned in the previous email.
Things have been amazing this past week! We had the one investigator get baptized by her Dad and got the opportunity to teach a new investigator. The baptism was (in my opinion) the highlight of the week. Her Dad performed the baptism and he, himself, was baptized only about 3 months ago. It was a day of great spiritual growth for their family and for me. I had the opportunity to give a talk after the ordinance was performed, on the Holy Ghost. I can tell that I’m getting better at speaking in front of crowds. People were coming up to me after the meeting and said that I did an amazing job and all the other missionaries that were there said that I did great.