Well this week was fantastic. There were many miracles. Jordan and Connor will be baptised this saturday. Their mom has consented and they have been interviewed. The mom consenting is such a miracle. About two months ago, we were only able to talk with them when they came to church with their dad, but things progressed so they we could teach them. We also had 7 investigators at church. Julie and Donna came. We found them last Sunday. Did service for them on Wednesday. By service, I mean a hour and a half of really hard work. Then on saturday we put them on date. They came on Sunday, and loved church. They are progressing well. Echo and Hannah were there, who are also a part member family. Echo is the one from Lee Summit.
Right now we have 7 people on date. President Larkin has called us too fulfill the prophecy of Joel and to dream dreams and see visions and teach as the sons of Mosiah. We are starting to see that in May Valley. Bishop Jarman is so excited. He gave a great talk on sunday about bring others unto Christ. Usually we cringe when missionary work is talked about, and their are investigators there. But it was great. After Sacrament meeting was over. He was basically running around the chapel, outside, to the foyer to talk with all of our investigators. I probably won't have another Bishop, who makes missionary work as much as a priority as Bishop Jarman. But that might not be saying much, as I might stay in May Valley till the end of my mission.
By the way Elder Yamashita and I are both staying in May valley for at least another transfer. Elder Park is no longer the assistant, I hope he comes to Bellevue South as a zone leader. We need him. Our zone is kind of falling flat right now.
A funny experience from the week. We were tracting in this very private and exclusive neighborhood. Its on a mountain, and if you yelled, your neighbor wouldn't be able to hear you. We weren't seeing much sucess and we got to this house and the front/side yard had a hill on it. The man was at the top of it, but his two BIG dogs were in between us and the man. We said who we were and I asked what would it mean to him to draw closer to God at this time in his life? But I was a little distracted because the dogs were still growling at his. The man took a couple steps closer and looked behind him real quick and said "he's on my hip pocket". I didnt quite catch it, so I said pardon me. And he said it again then paused.
Side note: if you have ever wondered if I watched too much Jason Bourne or 24, the answer is yes!
The first thing that came to my mind was....sniper? My head was exactly to the right of his right hip, on a downward incline.
After a few seconds he elaborated more and said that he had a church and wasn't interested. We offered service and wished him a good night.
With the CD. There are no versions I want in particular. Traditonal means the "Mormon tabernacle" so non traditonal would be something not too crazy but has some variety in it. With the combo one, I just heard those two songs being together once.
I do have a pretty good handle on being a district leader by now. I do a 20 minute training at district meeting each time and I call nightly and see how their day was, and make sure their doing good and full of faith and ready for tomorrow. We do have texting, we text a lot. We communicate throughout the week with Bishop that way.
I have been reading the talk "The Challenging and Testifying Missionary" everyday for the past week. Probably the best talk on missionary work. And I'm just striving with every contact to bear powerful testimony to help them feel the spirit and right when they do, challenge them to follow Christ by being baptised. It's worked pretty good this past week.
Well were going to shop then play some tennis. Have a good week!
Love, Elder Clark