November 24, 2014
Well, my first week in my new area was pretty good. There's a ton of work to do here. It's great! My companion and I were really feeling the spirit strongly, during our weekly planning, and we set some really crazy, high goals.
Right now we have 17 referrals (names of people, given to them, who are interested in learning more about the gospel). We found four new investigators and they are all super awesome. One of them really messed up his knee while playing basketball with us and we gave him a blessing and healed his knee. We talked to him yesterday and he told us that it was just a little sore. But it was super awesome seeing the power of the priesthood work in healing him.
Besides that our week was packed full of teaching people. We did a pretty good amount of service and we were able to find someone that is going to be a new investigator this week.
We also had an awesome experience yesterday(Nov. 23rd). During our daily planning session, Elder Tate felt a strong impression that there was a person that was ready to hear about the gospel. We were having a super bad day, we'd talked to a few people and none of them were interested. So, we decided to go to a Less Active's house and on the way there was this guy selling some clothes. So, we walked up to him and we said we can't buy anything from you because it's the Sabbath, but, we'll give you five bucks. He told us no thanks. He then told us that he'd been meaning to come to our church. He went on to tell us that he wanted God back in his life. We told him that we can help you with that. We then talked to him about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and about baptism. He told us he wanted to get baptized, so we then decided to set a baptismal date with him for . We then explained to him what had to happen in order for him to get baptized and then we set up a return appointment (note: this was all on the side of the road). Us meeting that guy showed us that God was still there.
Oh yeah! The church is going to start this initiative called "He is the Gift" for the Christmas season. The church has paid to have the headboard on YouTube right now, and they've paid to have some billboards on Times Square, NY. There are pass along cards that go along with the initiative. We have to pass out at least 10 per day. There'll be 9 pass along cards in the December Ensign (a periodical published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) issue for members to use. You should watch the video, "He is the Gift" Also search #ShareTheGift. You can see how others are sharing the gift and watch many more inspiring, positive, & uplifting short videos.