We tried several people throughout the week. On one attempt to see JD we ran into another Less Active member named Carole Cole. She really likes meeting with the missionaries, but her husband is very anti towards us so we can't actually meet with her in her apartment. It was great because the Lord placed us where we needed to be, when we needed to be there despite appointments falling through.
We did a lot of tracting on Tuesday and ran into an older gentleman who plays guitar. We came in and Elder Newman told him he played the guitar so the man wanted him to play amazing grace. It was interesting talking with him because he wanted proof that God exists. We simply testified and did our best to explain that we know God is there because of what he has done in our lives and what we have seen in the lives of others. Just like the wind. You can't see it, but you can definitely feel it, especially here in Casper.
On Wednesday we headed off to Rapid City for our yearly quad zone meeting. There were missionaries from the Casper, Gillette, Pierre, and Rapid Zones all in one place. Elder Nash (a general authority from the 70) came. We learned a lot about how to find people to teach. We also learned about how the church is an institution of Principles and not programs and that we should seek revelation through the principles and basic doctrines. We also were able to get a lot of advice on common concerns that missionaries face in this mission. He was very powerful and the spirit was very strong.
He talked about integrity of our hearts. D&C 124:15,20. He helped us to learn how to walk with greater integrity and not just when we were under close supervision. He also promised us that if we would apply the principles we learned, we would see much more success and the work would skyrocket. The long drive back to Casper was a great time to reflect on what we learned and make plans to apply it.On Saturday we attended a baptism for the other Elders in the 8th ward here. Brother Logan Slater, (previous Zone Leader in Pierre) came back to the mission to perform the baptism and confirmation. It was great catching up with him.
Sunday was really great. It always happens to be a good day when we fast because when we fast coupled with prayer, our prayers are answered and the Lord is very close to us. Isaiah testifies of this in Isaiah 58. It's a great chapter that focuses on fasting and how it blesses our lives. The Clems came to church and that was a great blessing. They had been not coming due to illness. So we were very happy to see them there.
After church we got a distressing phone call from Lori. She told us that she didn't want to be a member of our church and that she didn't want to meet with us anymore. She then hung up before we could ask why. But the Lord blessed us as well. We found a family. The Middletons that have been prepared, Jennifer went to an LDS church for 3 years and her husband Mosely is very open. We taught a very powerful restoration lesson to Jennifer with Brother Don Atkinson. It was great because she agreed that if she found that it was the truth, she would be baptized. Many miracles are happening here in Casper and I love serving the Lord here.With love,