The main highlight of the week was attending President and Sister Manion's farewell fireside. It was on Saturday night and us missionaries could only attend if we brought an investigator, recent convert, or less active. We brought our homie Brandon, a recent convert of a year or so who we teach every week. I was so glad we got to go! President and Sister Manion never fail to bring the spirit wherever they go. I will miss them tons. I'm excited to meet our new mission president sometime soon (he arrives to the mission sometime this upcoming week), but I really have loved serving under President Manion's leadership. I have gotten a lot closer to him since coming to the city. He is a true homie for sure❤️ I also got to see my fellow Slave Lake legends at the fireside (Elders Payne and Hunsaker) and a couple other mission friends, so that was a nice bonus. Its always good to catch up with them.
|Gonna miss Pres and Sis Manion|
Another highlight was playing ball with the crew this week. We didn't see the older guys playing at all this week but there were some junior high aged kids playing one night and we went and played with them and answered a lot of their questions about missionary work and the church. I guess you could say they adopted us into their gang and we are all homies now. Missionary work via sports is just the best:)
As for the work in Greenfield, like I said, not a whole lot to talk about still :( we had a good lesson with Zxxx who is still progressing. He will probably be baptized as soon as some legal issues with his dad get worked out, which apparently won't be for a few months. All the kids in the family love it when we come over now though, which is pretty opposite from when we started teaching them, so that is nice to see:) We are continuing to find a bunch of people who say they're interested but actually getting to meet with them seems to be impossible. We also have been finding and teaching a ton of people who we end up having to refer to the YSA missionaries, Mandarin missionaries, Spanish missionaries, tagalog missionaries, or the sisters. It's actually becoming pretty funny haha. We are happy we can help in the work of salvation in any way though:)
There are also a lot of things lining up for the future success, we just have to be patient and pray that they actually go through. For example: We taught this guy named Victor the restoration on his doorstep and had a discussion about the Book of Mormon a few weeks ago. At first he was pretty firm about thinking Joseph Smith was "delusional," but we finally convinced him to take a chance on the Book of Mormon and truly see for himself and obtain his knowledge from God. He agreed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, but insisted that we didn't meet again till he finished it, which he said would be about three months. There is also an eternigator (an investigator who has been investigating for basically an eternity) named Gxxxx who was offended by a priesthood leader and has some issues..... It's a long story haha. We see him around all the time and talk to him, and he's a great friend to all the members, he just refuses to actually be taught by us. He finally agreed to set up a time where we can sit down and help him get over his issues, but it's not going to be for at least a few more weeks because he needs time to prepare for it.... Hopefully I'll be reporting good news on that in a couple weeks.
I just wanted you guys to get a feel for how things have been going for us. It always seems like things are going to pick up in a few weeks and then a few weeks go by and nothing has happened. However, I still have faith that there is someone in the Greenfield area who is prepared to hear the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Finding that person has been and is quite the challenge, but who doesn't love a good challenge right? It will just feel more rewarding when we do find them. Missionary work was never meant to be easy. I'm glad I get to learn to exercise a little patience, and I know the fruits of our labours will eventually come. I hope you all have a fantastic week. If you find yourself down in the dumps, grumpy, angry, stinky, gassy, unswaggy, gaining weight, or stressed, just remember that you are children of God and that He and Jesus love you, and that's all that matters:) Love you all!
Till next week.... party on.
Weekly Scripture: D and C 31: 3, 13 3 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation. 13 Be faithful unto the end, and lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen.