Oct 21, 2013
Sorry all. I've been a little slow this week getting this out. I will also send todays letter.
Hello Family and Friends.
First off: Thank you so much for the mail. It really helps :)
So this last week was the first full week of our area split. And its been really hard. Almost all the members live outside of our area, and that goes for the majority of investigators. Elder W and I are starting from the basics. Were Talking to everyone and trying to receive more investigators. We only have 3 right now. Debbie (21) is a Wartburg student and X-Country runner, Windy (older than that) is more busy than any person I've met, and Elishya (14) who we recently have discovered a speed bump that prohibits her to be baptized :( so we need to work with that.
But through thick and thin, I still LOVE my Mission. We're putting our faith in the Lord and are now starting to see the city of Waverly softening their hearts. There was one experience that we had. It was about 8 in the evening, dark, cold, and we were both pretty hungry. All in all a bad combination. After some time, we knocked on our last door. And a 70 y/o man opened the door and started asking US questions about Christ and our beliefs of him. After Elder W and I bore testimony of Christ, the man looked at us and then asked about the Book Of Mormon, and its validity. So once again we bore testimony of it, and I read to him Moroni 10:3-5, Moroni's promise. We than gave him a B.O.M and asked him to read and pray about it. He graciously said that he would, and we left. It may not seem like much, but it truly gave my Comp. and I a spiritual high :)
Bearing testimony is one of the most simple ways to share the gospel and have zero arguments about belief.
Also, on a humor side note. This week, my Comp and I were out finding people again, and knocking away, and with no success, decided to walk back to the apartment to go over our area book. So I realized that Iowa and Utah are entirely different when it comes to blocks and streets. In the normal street world, a black is a route that takes around and puts you where you started, not the case in Iowa. We walked around that block for a while, and finally hit a main road. So thinking that this road went south (Remember, No mountains in IA) we walked to our apartment. Well it turns out that we were really walked west. And Started to notice a lot more farm land and corn fields. We Were Lost. So we walked, and walked, and walked. (Get the picture) When finally we ran into a farmer. We looked at him and told him that we were going against the man code, and asked for directions. He laughed at us than said that we were about 2 and a half to 3 miles outside Waverly. :)...... So our journey back home continued. after about an hour and a half. We made it. Lesson of this: Carry a map on you, and put your faith to the wheel when times get hard.
This week Im focusing more on the trials of faith. How to overcome trials, and see the good in life. :)
I love you all. Pray For Waverly
Kia Kaha, Semper Fidelis