Monday, September 12, 2011

Kind of a Gimper this week!

Hey everyone,
What a week! So on Monday last week I busted up my ankle playing basketball, which has made finding(tracting, street contacting) quite the task. It seems like every time I’m up for a few hours it just gets huge swollen. Oh well, it will heal. SO we were doing lots of finding this week because we really are only teaching one investigator. Speaking of Terry, he was part of the grief of this week. We finally were able to teach the Law of Chastity and explain to him that he either needs to get married or to move out to be baptized. He said that he doesn't love Kim, and would NEVER marry her. He also said they've been through a lot, and couldn't end their friendship to be baptized. I have 2 objections to that: 1st-who says you can't be friends while living in different houses 2nd-what happened to his claim that if he had to choose Kim or Christ he would choose Christ. Needless to say when he said that he wouldn't be making either of those changes we were pretty disappointed. We had a member there who served in the Ogden Utah mission who served in Kaysville for four and half months. He was right in the lesson with us challenging and testifying to Terry. It was really great to see a member so excited to teach!

One of the other big events this week was we had Interviews with president Campbell and Zone conference. During my interview with President Campbell he called me "one of the older missionaries. I can't believe that i am so old now! It is crazy that the time to learn from those older more experienced missionaries is coming to a close and the time to be one of those "older missionaries" is here. I almost immediately felt the weight of that responsibility and have really changed the focus of my studies. Before i really was studying just enough to get through the days lessons. I am now trying to do what we're directed to do in Doctrine & Covenants 84:85. I can't believe how much better it works. In Zone Conference, President Campbell stressed the fact that we should be teaching and resolving all concerns through the Book of Mormon, and I was so excited that this week we were able to solve some concerns on the street using the B o M. Studying is so great.

The last noteworthy event we had this week happened on Wednesday night.. We were doing some street contacting here in St. Albert and just enjoying the wonderful weather we've had the last week. As we were walking we saw a mother and her son sitting on the sidewalk and waiting to see which car would run over the apple her son had thrown into the road. So we stopped and talked to them for about 20 minutes and they invited us to come into their home. We walked in and they were a Jewish family and her husband, Amir, was from Israel. It was awesome to be able to teach/testify of Jesus Christ to people who didn't have that foundation. They asked us to come back, so it will be wonderful to see where that goes.

I guess that is all for this week. Thanks for everything. I love you all so much and am anxious to talk to you in a few months. Have a good week.

-Elder M. Brown

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