Monday, August 8, 2016

8 August 2016


I be a very busy missionary now! Lots of far places to ride the bike, many people to see, tons of distractions, limited energy. 

This week was another exciting week for me and Elder Babira. We had tons planned for this week. But unfortunately we werent able to accomplish everything because of what happened on wednesday. Our land lord decided to do lots of work inside our house on wednesday. We tried to fight back with him and insisted that we couldnt have them work today but he won. We couldnt proselyte the whole day because the workers were inside the house working the whole day. So i just studied and slept and called investigators and cleaned. 

Thursday the mission sent some workers to fix the toilet. The plumber was sooo late getting to our house. So half the day on thursday was wasted inside the house. 

Despite all the setbacks, we were able to have some success. We had a great lesson with a lady and her son named Dora and Juju. They came to church for the second week in a row and they came like 30 mins early! Most of my investigators arrive at church 40 mins late. So its a good sign. 

I went on splits with Theophilus all day on saturday. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoy being with him. Hes always willing to proselyte whenever we need help. 

Peter is doing well. Its just hard to visit him as often as we need to with his work schedule. 

The new area is pretty cool. Theres some cool people we just need to extend a ton of baptism dates. By the end of this week we should have at least 15 people with a baptism date. 

The other day I read a conference talk "\which way do you face"

Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the first and second great commandments (see Matthew 22:37–39).

  • First, Mormon: “Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority fromGod; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear” (Moroni 8:16; emphasis added).
  • Nephi: “Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto thoe who are not of the world” (1 Nephi 6:5).
  • Captain Moroni: “Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but fr the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country” (Alma 60:36).

1 August 2016

I know most of you are curious about transfers so Ill tell you all whats going on with that. Right now living in the apartment and serving in the mamponse ward are: Elder Nilsson and me and Elder Perry and Elder Babira. Nilsson and Perry are getting transferred. Babira and I will become companions and no one new is coming. So they are combining the two areas and making the apartment a 2 man apartment. That means my teaching pool just doubled and we got tons of work to do! Im super excited and also a little stressed because ive never stayed in a 2 man apartment before and also now my area is huge and its going to take very careful planning to get things going. The ward is great though so they will be able to help us a lot.
Some highlights:
Tuesday- We found out that this member stayed very close to where we live so we decided to give her a call to see if we could visit her. She was at home. Right when we got there, she gave us a list of ingredients she needed and she gave us some money. She told us to go to the market and buy her all of those things. So we went back to the house, got a ride from our LA land lord in his 2017 Toyota Siena. Mom you gotta upgrade your mini van to the one i rode in. Then we picked up the stuff (a whole chicken, onions, spices, pigs feet, etc.) When we got back she taught us how to make nice groundnut soup for fufu. Then we ate it and it was so delicious! We spent 6 hours with that member and we werent sure if we were using our time correctly but then right after we left, we met her neighbor right next door. She seems so prepared and we had a great lesson with her. She came to church yesterday and was testifying of how true Joseph Smith is in gospel principles class. I am so happy that we decided to help the member cook so we were able to find this new serious investigator.
Every day at 12 pm Elder Nilsson and I has had a companionship prayer to find new investigators. I have seen the many blessings of prayer and going to our Heavenly Father when in need. He hears our prayers and He is always helping us as we seek for guidance. Each day we have done this, we have found a new person to teach! What a blessing!
Doctrine and Covenants 33:7-13
 7 Yea, verily, verily, I say unto you, that the field is white already to harvest; wherefore, thrust in your sickles, and reap with all your might, mind, and strength.
 8 Open your mouths and they shall be filled, and you shall become even as Nephi of old, who journeyed from Jerusalem in the wilderness.
 9 Yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you.
 10 Yea, open your mouths and they shall be filled, saying: Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;
 11 Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.
 12 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and remember that they shall have faith in me or they can in nowise be saved;
 13 And upon this rock I will build my church; yea, upon this rock ye are built, and if ye continue, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
I promise that as we open our mouths to the people around us and do as the Lord expects us to do (which is to share the gospel), Your testimony will be strengthened and you will have the spirit with you always. 

Peter is still doing well. We werent able to meet with him at all for like a week straight because of his work schedule. But we had a very great lesson with him to prepare for his baptism. He trusts us so much and we were able to help him with a couple things and the spirit was so strong.

This is all that my fingers will allow me to type for today. I hope you enjoy your last weeks of summer. I hope that you remember to watch the Olympics. Are they on yet? I also hope that you all will remember to Pray and to remember and watch for the many blessings in your eeveryday lives. I promise you that they are there.
With much love,
Elder Green