Monday, March 7, 2016

A very busy week..and I LOVED it!!

Dear Family & Friends,

This week was very busy and I loved it! We found some new investigators and two of which are really solid. To start, on Monday we visited the Plochas, a part-member couple. Sister Plocha being the member. Brother Plocha hurt his back and is in a lot of pain. I pray that he gets better and the procedure they will perform will relieve his back.

On Tuesday we followed up on a referral from Bro. McClain. We stopped by and visited with Lyn. She opened her door to us and wanted to hear our message. We were going through the Restoration and she asked great questions and discussed each section in depth. I just love it when people have sincere questions! We got about halfway through the lesson when we had to take off. She loved our message and
wants to learn more. She also wants to come to church. We left with a word of prayer and we tried seeing her again on Thursday with Grant, but she was ill...

Skipping to Thursday, we met up with a referral from the Sister Missionaries, Jason. Jason is an excommunicated member and returned-missionary, who, through our visit has a strong desire to come back to the Church to be re-baptized. How the Sisters met him was interesting. They were tracting his apartment complex and they knocked on his neighbor's door, Barbara. She then mentioned that Jason went to our church . Barbara also wants to take the discussions to learn more. She is in her 60s. We had a great first lesson with Jason. He was very receptive and the Spirit was strong, almost burning. He asked at the end our lesson to give him a blessing and to bless his home. he expressed he has a lot of family who are strong members of the church living in Utah and that his son is serving a mission in New York. It was an eventful and powerful visit. On Sunday, Jason called us afterwards expressing that he really enjoyed Church and that he had missed it dearly.

Friday, we visited Bro. Grice, as per usual. We then came home and ate lunch and did some weekly planning. Just before 2:00, we were picked up by Woody and he took us to Plum Branch, SC. We were finally able to set up an appointment with Brenda, whom we had delivered a Bible to about 2 months ago. We got there at 3:00 and we started into the Restoration. The lesson went a few different ways and Woody's comments and testimony was influential. We got about halfway through the Restoration when she asked questions about Tithing and Fast Offerings and the Word of Wisdom. We then curved back into the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. We left her with a Book of Mormon with an assignment to read Moroni 10: 3-5. We then visited with Bro. and Sis. white, who are campground hosts at Modoc Campground. After a good visit and empty bellies, Woody took us to Hardee's for dinner where Elder Jordan and I both got Monster Burgers. Delicious! We then headed home.

A lot to take in this week, but I love weeks like this. The Work has truly been picking up in the last 2 weeks and we are going to increase our stride this week. 

Have a good week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner