Monday, December 12, 2016

Give me a Holler and I'll be Here!

Dear Friends and Family,

This week was a good one. We've found some new people to teach and we are working on a new way to find people. 

On Monday, it rained basically all day, which made it difficult to see people...

On Tuesday we went with Bro. Bush on a "Rescue Mission" to contact Less-active on the roster. We were able to meet with one and confirm bad addresses for a few others. The one we did visit went well. As it turns out, her mother, Sis. Stevenson, is a convert from the 70's and has been attending for a few weeks now. Very good to know! After our excursion with Bro. Bush, Bro. Longerbeam picked us up for supper. We had chocolate chip pancakes and they were quite delicious! After we ate we toyed with a pair of his night-vision goggles which were way cool! We then got dropped off and went street contacting to end the night.. 
Wednesday afternoon we received a referral during RMT. We looked at the location and it was just down the road. So, within an hour of getting it, we contacted a woman named Cindy, who had ordered a Book of Mormon and a Bible. She has an interesting story. We were able to give her a 'marked-up' copy of the Book of Mormon and committed her to read it as well as to come out to church. She has some potential for sure! We then had a good visit with Deoran, just down a block or two. We pointed some of his questions of Christ's coming to the Nephites in the Americas. We were able to resolve that and give him a reading assignment so he will have questions for us next time we meet which should be in the next day or two. We then biked home, ate, and went with Bro. Bush to Book of Mormon class. The class was good, as usual. bro. Bush then dropped us back off. It was getting a little late, so we decided to walk over to Circle K to get a Polar Pop and talk to people. we get there and the assistant manager, who sees us in there fairly often, asked us about our 'Mormon Dating Protocol' which was kinda weird. It was an honest question at least haha.

Thursday we went to Auburn for ZTM and all four of us rode with Bro. McCoy in his Toyota Corolla. The meeting was very good and it was weird going to another time zone for a meeting. One of the training's was on something that the Spanish Elders in the mission have done for a while. It's called Windows of Heaven. In a nutshell, we set aside about 2 hours of time in one specific and prayed for part of our area and we be there on time and we talk with EVERYONE we come across. I have a feeling that this will work for us and the mission is seeing immediate results in finding God's Elect. Now, we had to catch a ride due to the other Elders' car being in the shop. We get back to Phenix City and they pick it up and we get some badly needed milk and a few other things. 

On Friday we were able to see a few less-actives. Coming down the road from Sis. Stevens' place, we saw a cat with a squirrel in its mouth. Naturally, I had to take a picture. We then nearly froze biking back home for supper. We then did a little weekly planning to finish the night.

Saturday we did service for the Otts in the morning. Later on we were able to finally contact a referral, Marilyn. We gave her the Bible and Book of Mormon she ordered and talked to her briefly about the Book of Mormon is spite of a ghetto ice cream truck blasting rap. That was quite annoying. As we were leaving, she began to read the Book of Mormon on her porch. On our way back, we visited Craig ( I have apparently been saying his name wrong; oops) and Melissa. We shared a brief message and went back for supper. I was able to get some Tuna Helper on the stove, but we had to reserve eating until after our appointment with the Owens that went very well. 

Yesterday, Sunday, was pretty good. We had great talks at church and I was asked to teach the Gospel Principles lesson on 'The Millennium'. It went very well! We later had lunch at the Bush's and then visited with Sis. Brewer before Elder Taylor and I got picked up by the Hussey's to go to dinner at the Woods' home. We had taco salad and it was sure good! Our day certainly went by fast!

Well, this week had its turnaround for us being able to find some new investigators and a good meeting in Auburn. Hard to believe Christmas is only less than two weeks away. Time is just flying by and soon it will be Christmas and shortly thereafter, New Years and on into 2017!

Anyway, have a great week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner
A cool barbershop notice near our home