Sunday, December 26, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
So I have to ask when you read scriptures from the Book of Mormon are your investigators receptive to the teachings from the B of M?
- It depends from person to person. It isn't an uncommon accurance when I pull out a copy of the book of mormon to hear someone say "another testament of Jesus Christ?" then following several various reasons why that's wrong. But others accept it just fine. Sometimes it takes them a while to understand that it's not actually the bible (usually that happens when they start reading and see names like nephi, moroni, etc. Then they get all upset because those arent the names they ususally see in the bible.) I usually share scriptures from just the Book of Mormon. In fact I know very few scriptures from the bible that I can use in teaching. More than anything it's because everyone knows about the bible, the book of mormon is unique to us and is realy the basis for our investigators testimonies.
Wow, so things are just looking better and better in our area. It seems like our teaching pool recently has just exploaded with people. Not only that we've had a lot of new people coming to church on sunday recently. I think that also because of that we are slowly begining to grow excitement in the members as the see new people at church and get to know them. So I'm anticipating that things should just continue to get better for now. Also this last sunday we got a new mission leader, Hermano ponce. This should be awesome, if we can keep the excitement going in HNO ponce I think that we will be able to see a lot of good things coming from the branch.
Also this next saturday we are having a Christmas party with the branch and Pres. martinez asked if either me or my companion could play a musical number for the party. So I volonteered to play the guitar. I have plans to just play a rythm to a few christmas hymns and then sing. We'll see though, you know how I am about singing in front of people. Not only that I havn't actually been able to get ahold of a guitar to practice it yet, I'm afraid I might just have to do it imprompt. I have the chords and everything and they aren't difficult songs but it's still a little nerve racking. But if I do do it I'll take video...possibly...it depends on how good/bad it is or I might just send pix.
Oh, yea, I'm not sure if I'm exactly sure how to pronounce our last name any more..I think i might be pronouncing it with a spanish accent...so you'll have to help me with that when I call home.
Monday, December 6, 2010
What advice would you give to the priest quorum about preparing for a mission?
- Hmm...where do I start. STUDY PREACH MY GOSPEL Go to school (college) before of atleast something anything so that they aren't bumming around the house before their mission, you need to know how to study! Read your scriptures.
Do you review the missionary handbook regularly on your mission?
- yea, in fact we read about 4-5 pages out of the missionary handbook every day so that we can read the entire handbook twice in a transfer.
What is your current favorite scripture?
- Hmmm...That's a really good question, I'm not sure...but we'll say 3 ne 27:19-21 My companion could probably tell you that that is my favorite scripture. I like it because it teaches about the gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith Repentance Baptism Gift of the Holy Gost, endure to the end all made possible through the atonement) Quick and to the point. I've had some long winded companions (previously anyway, right now I do about 95% of the teaching), so I have kind of learned how to teach a little more quickly.
Wow, there's a lot to tell you about, we'll see if I can write it all today.
To begin with, I'm going to be fulfilling mom's life long dream today...I'm learning how to make tortillas. One of the members invited us over to teach us how to make tortillas today.
One of our investigators...or potential investigators that we have been trying to teach for quite some time has now come to church twice, and we taught her last night. We taught her at the Rosas house last night. The lesson went really well, we just taught a lesson about the restoration. We asked her if she would be baptized when she knew that the BOM is true, and that Joseph smith was a prophet (wow, I cant spell prophet anymore), and she said yes, but we werent able to set a specific date with her, but we should be setting a baptismal date with her in the not to far future.
We also Taught [investigator] last night. He has been coming to church for nearly the last month and a half. We havn't been able to teach him much, though, because he's canceled on us a lot (not to mention the fact that our area is huge, which makes it hard to visit all of our investigetors often.) But we talked to him about praying about the book of mormon and also reading in the Book of Mormon. He also prayed at the end of the lesson! We had taught him two times before and both times he refused to pray, so this was probably the first prayer he had ever said in his life! Also we set a baptismal date with him for the 8th of january. He's a little unsure about baptism still, but I think that if we can get him to read and pray, then he'll be a little more certain about it.
I think I told you about the [investigator family] a few weeks a go. they are a referral from the Rosas family. We havn't really been able to get up with them recently, but we have plans to teach them this next week. We'll have to see how it goes though.
This last week we found a pretty awesome family. The husband has already been baptized. he got baptized in mexico about ten years ago, but came to the U.S. right after his baptism and hasn't come to church since. ...oh, yea, we just found them by knocking doors in a trailor park where the Rosas live. But, The [father's mother] , is an active member of the Branch and aparently has been working with to invite him to come to church. It is amazing how prepared this family is and and just like they were put in our path. But we talked to them for a few minutes, because we didn't have too much time, and invited them to church, and they came! We have plans to teach them this coming wendsday, so I'm pretty excited about that. A funny side note on that also, the husband is a pretty funny guy, and he told us how in mexico they call missionaries cuervos, which means a crow, because their always dressed up in black suits and look like a crow. I can only imagen "ya vienen los cuervos, escondamanos de ellos!" [Here come the crows, let's hide from them!]