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Monday, October 11, 2010
Back to Bikes!
So this week we had some more training. I had told you previously that they will be changing the curriculum at the MTC, which is why we had that three day training a while back. So this week we finished up that training however it was just one day this time. It was really great, we learned about the role of the spirit in conversion as well as helping our investigators receive revelation through prayer. I learned a lot from this and these trainings always make me excited to get out and go to work again. so our area just recently got changed into a bike area, so we are now on bikes, which has been kind of interesting. Saturday was our first actual day on the bikes and we spent the entire day knocking on doors and we only found one Hispanic to talk to. So were going to have to think about how we find people and find a better way to do it on bikes. I guess this could be a good thing, because it will definantly have to build our faith, because just as we were working hard to find Hispanics, and now we'll just have to be a little more creative. Last night we had a pretty awesome lesson with a former investigator. We went there with an exchange from the english ward. It was kind of interesting when the exchange picked us up because previously the english elders had told us that this couple spoke spanish. But when we got in the car and started talking to them we asked brother praneta if he had learned spanish on his mission or how he had learned it. He told us that he spoke english on his mission, so then we asked him how he new spanish, and he said he knew a couple words in spanish. So at this point I was wondering how this was going to work. So we asked the wife if she spoke spanish, and she said that she spoke a little bit, but not too much. I didn't really know what to think, because I didn't quite know how it would work if our exchange didn't speak spanish. But it turns our we got into the lesson and sister praneta started speaking and she sounded like a native, so it worked out fine. Sorry about that tangent... but anyway, we got in and started teaching the lesson, and the investigator told us a story about a divorce she had and all the ways that she had dealt with the stress. So me as the missionary I was sitting there wondering how exactly to respond to this, and absolutely no ideas were coming to mind. I was trying to think of what doctrine I should teach and nothing seemed to fit, but I guess nothing came to mind because I probably wasn't really supposed to say anything at that time because the exchanged jumped in and seemed to respond perfectly to what she was saying. We didn't get to do much teaching, but it was really nice to have the exchange their because they were able to give our an investigator a lot of love and support that is just kind of difficult to do as a missionary. were hoping to be able to visit with [her] this coming week, so let's hope that all goes well with it. We also had a lesson with a guy named martin. we've taught him about two other times, but this last week we were able to set a baptismal date for the 13 of november. We've got a lot to teach him still, but he understands the importance of baptism and he knows its something he needs to do, so he should be able to progress. As far as the family I told you about last week, the appointment fell through, so were working on getting back up with them to reset the appointment.