Aloha Aiga! (Aiga is family in Samoa) This past week flew by again....crazy! Just a brief update: Darrell and Drew are still set for their dates in Feb (6th and 27th). We had to push Fabian's back due to conflicts with his wife. He really wants to be baptized and wants her support. We are praying that her heart will be softened. We are going to have a lesson with the Sifuentez family at the Talley's on Weds. We are looking forward to it since both family's have so much in common. They will hit if off great! :) We had several miracles this week! We were able to teach 24 lessons this week. :) WHILE TEACHING WE FOUND 5 NEW INVESTIGATORS!!!
We are so pumped! We are now officially teaching Tracy at the Morehouse's
(their daughter), Jessie Floyd in Nancy and Corey Crums home, and several others who we are super pumped to start teaching and setting lessons up in members homes! We are working really hard to have a constant ''Escalator'' instead of an ''Elevator'' with our teaching pool. Hopefully we will be able to set some dates with Lucy, Tracy, Casey, and Jessie here real soon! The Lord has blessed us so much! We also had 5 investigators at church!! :) Hard work does pay off in the long run I just know it!!!
|The Villalobos family and AJ, an investigator|
that we have been teaching in their home.
This week we were able to have a World Wide Mission Devotional over "Repentance Unto Baptism: Baptize Converts." It was great! Learned a lot! Whenever you have no idea what to say to others when sharing the gospel, just testify of our Savior Jesus Christ. The following day we had our Zone Conference and guess what the topic was?? "Repentance Unto Baptism." Pretty cool! This whole week's theme has been "Repentance Unto Baptism!" While teaching our investigators without even realizing it, we have brought up repentance. Through repentance we invite others to act so that they can qualify for the blessings of heaven through their faith. It is the only way. Change may be a difficult thing, but it is the only way that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. We are learning our way back to heaven. I hope that this e mail finds you all healthy and happy. I am so grateful for your continuous love and support! Recently I have started to re-read the Book of Mormon and have absolutely loved it!! I have been trying to memorize some scriptures that stand out to me and I have loved the experience. My challenge that I would like to issue this week is to memorize the last 2 paragraphs in the introduction in the Book of Mormon: "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.) Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." This is our invitation to the entire world: To read from the Book of Mormon and to ask God if the book is true! May we read and feast on its pages and invite others to do the same. I know that we can come closer to our father in heaven and our savior by reading from it daily. I am so grateful for this wonderful gospel. It is such a blessing in my life. I love sharing it with everyone that I meet. :) I hope you all have a great week! All my love and more, Elder Shaw