Monday, May 11, 2015

Ironbound Week 16 - Mother's Day


Wow it was so great to see you yesterday. I am sooo glad it all worked out so easily too. F---- and P--- were the best and had the ipad and the computers all charging when we got there and the internet was pretty smooth. Just all around very easy and simple and it all connected and he let me use his skype account, which was  a blessing. But man, I had a good time talking to you and seeing your faces. It was fun to see you and then Chloe on the phone. Alexis had our own time (saw each other last week) so its good. Haha But thanks for making it such a good call. I felt great during and great after. It was good to talk over some plans but I feel great today and focused so a few more months of blowing NJ up with the Gospel!

I guess I explained a lot of the main things we are doing and answered some questions yesterday but I didn't get to talk too much about the week we had so I will give you a rundown of it all. This week started out pretty nuts with F and P just trying to help them out. We had a lesson on Monday with them that just was kinda chaotic. It was just taking a long time so we cut somethings down and just went off the Spirit and made our lesson a little quicker and more direct. They have a lot of interest to really live the Gospel to the fullest. Its kind of interesting, they are really becoming converted and its clear that they have a real desire to live the Gospel and the laws to the fullest. So they first wanted to learn more about our modern day prophet. So we shared some scriptures about how prophets and called and share our testimonies with them. Next time we are going to watch his biography movie with them. But they are just the happiest family and the greatest. We love them!

We had zone meeting on Tuesday which was awesome. Our zone leaders are great. Yes they are younger than a lot of us but man they are some powerful missionaries. I love listening to their trainings. They are definitely inspired and bring a lot of energy to the zone. We love them. They talked about finding new people this last week. President wants us finding more people and dropping more people if they aren't willing to progress. That way we cylce through people faster and as we meet new people we have a better chance to meet prepared people that will listen to our message and ACT. Two lines in PMG have stuck out to me lately:

  “Find Them That Will Receive You.” You are to build up the Church by finding “them that will receive you” (D&C 42:8). Such people will recognize that you are the Lord’s servants. They will be willing to act on your message." -Preach My Gospel

So we are really looking for those who really want to make those commitments and act. Yes we still work with everyone but our focus is on those people who are in desperate need of just some light in their life but are “kept from the truth [only] because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12). Its a good focus because we know there are people out there that are ready. Sometimes they dont even know they are ready but that's why we are called so that we can share with them this good news.

We have a great teaching pool of investigators. We only got to see a handful of them this last week. One of them is this atheist lady I was telling you about. We taught her on Friday and wow it was one of the best lessons I have been a part of. My testimony of the Gospel was strengthened, maybe even more than hers. We started off with her teaching the restoration and within 30 seconds she had tons of questions and opposition and yeah it was just a mess. I was thinking, "Ok this lady obviously has no desires to learn this stuff and she is opposing everything. And just bringing up random topics, we are going to teach this lesson and maybe it will be our last with her." But we kept praying and wow the lesson turned around as we discussed why false doctrine is there and we were here to teach God's restored truth. It was awesome. We walked away with a good spirit and we will see her again.

Anyways. Love the phone call yesterday. What a car!!! Cant believe it Sam. haha and I love you all so much!

Elder Sumsion

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