Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 68: D&C 127:4

We had a service project this week. We helped a sister move out of a different ward. She is moving to Boise. Wednesday was fun trying to line up 7 or 8 cameras to take a district photo all on timers. It took some tries, but we were able to get the pictures we all wanted. We also were able to visit with a member family the bishop wanted us to go see and we received several referrals from them. One of the referrals took us to see Laurie Baker. Her husband is a non-member and has had bad experiences in the past with missionaries so he wasn't too keen on meeting with us and went into the other room while we shared a message with Laurie.

Later that evening we tracted into a Muslim. He agreed to have us come back later to teach him a little bit more. He wasn't there later, but we met his brother who told us he was working. Apparently he works in the oil field here in Wyoming and is really busy. We also have found many other people through various scenarios such as street contacting people and also helping people take their groceries from their car into their homes.
In our lesson with Matt B. this week he admitted that he wasn't as diligent in searching for an answer as he needed to be. He also said it wasn't a high priority right now, but we are still working with him to hopefully help him have spiritual experiences reading from the Book of Mormon.
We had a great planning session on Thursday as we discussed the needs and concerns of our investigators, less active members, and potential investigators. We have some great lessons planned out that should really help them to progress in the Gospel especially if we listen to the promptings of the spirit while we are teaching them.
On Saturday we were able to meet with the Turman family. Right before we came over their son had passed away of heart failure. We were able to support them through this hard time. We shared a message about hope with them. We also were able to talk with Rex Campbell a returning member about repentance and forgiveness. We shared Alma's experience in Alma 36 and were able to help him see how much forgiveness is necessary and how repentance helps us to receive that forgiveness.
We ate dinner at the Speth family this week. She said she is related to Jason Wistisen back in Blackfoot. It seems to be a very small world especially the closer I get back to home here out west in the mission in Casper.
I've been studying diligence recently and I found a great scripture about it. It is in D&C 127:4 (And again, verily thus saith the Lord: Let the work of my temple, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward, saith the Lord of Hosts. And if they persecute you, so persecuted they the prophets and righteous men that were before you. For all this there is a reward in heaven)..
I am taking the opportunity of a new transfer to double or at least try my hardest to work better and do better as a missionary.

With love,

Elder Davis

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