Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sowing Seeds in Albany

Cicada shells we found. They're starting to become more prevalent.
Dear Friends and Family,

This week like others has flown by. The first two days were relatively uneventful. We had District Meeting on Tuesday in Moultrie.

On Wednesday things started to pick up. I had a Doctor's appointment in Tifton to get my toes looked at. I was hoping that they would be able to get my ingrown toenails taken care of, but they put it of until this Wednesday. Then I hope to be rid of this issue that has plagued me since I was in Thomson, almost a year ago. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, in a way. After getting back all 6 of us had supper at the Gaug's and then had Book of Mormon class. One of the points of the class was how Mormon must've felt as he saw his people turn away from the Lord their God even though only a few generations prior touched the hands and feet of the Resurrected Savior. It is sad indeed, but the Book of Mormon speaks as a voice of warning to those who read its pages. What a miracle to have it available as a companion to the Bible!
My toes hurt! 
Thursday morning was spent contacting some people near our apartment. As we were biking, a guy honked and waved us down. He pulled up next to us and gave us his business card and explained he's a member who moved from California who had just moved to Columbus but was in Albany on business. He told us to call him up so we could do lunch sometime this week. Later that day, after visiting with Cher briefly, we were on our way to our dinner appointment with Sis. Walls at Golden Corral, when Sis. Sauls stopped us and said hi and gave us money to get something cold to eat or drink due to the heat of the day. We thanked her and continued on and we were waved and honked by Brother and Sister Tumlin and by Barney, as well as Ralph, but we didn't know he did. Oops.. After a delicious supper we loaded our bikes and headed to an appointment with a less-active with Ralph. 

Friday we weekly planned most of the day and had a delicious meal of grilled pork chops. Tagging along with the other Elders, we went along to their next appointment. We ended up biking from there appointment on East Side and later met with all 6 of us at the Church to go over the Ward Roster. 

Saturday was a little tough. A lot of our appointments fell through and we only ended up teaching Mary, a less-active. On the bright side, we were able to set an appointment with a referral, named Arnet for the next day. 

After Church on Sunday we met with Arnet and talked a little about the Book of Mormon, which is what he wanted us to bring him. He had a desire to learn more so he could teach others, but it was clear that he thought the Book of Mormon is another translation of the Bible when it is a separate record entirely though related due to it being a record of those of the Seed of Joseph. After our brief visit and invitation to come back, we tried contacting some more people. We ended up getting a phone call out of the blue about some guy wanting to attend Church! We asked if we could meet him and he said that we could call him in a couple of days to set an appointment to teach him. Awesome!!

A fairly decent week, though we were only able to set some things up for this week. As laborers in the field we are either reaping or sowing. I feel like I have been doing a lot of sowing, but it is about what the Lord wants me to do. I know that this is His work and His people that we are to reach out to and bring into the fold of the Good Shepard and there find rest and a knowledge of the Restored Gospel.

Have a good week y'all!
Elder Kestner