Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Missing Piece

July 21, 2014

Hey, family!   It was a pretty rewarding week.  There haven't been a lot of lessons, but the lessons we had were worthwhile. 

We found this great guy about two weeks ago when we gave a balloon bunny to his kid, but his appointment fell through and we never taught him that week.  As a matter of fact, we never went back because when we went to the appointment that fell through, his wife didn't accept a return date on the door.  We were pretty bummed about it, but then he showed up one night this week and started talking to us.  He apologized for not being home for the appointment, because he told us that he thought that what we were talking to him about was really interesting. We went to his house on Saturday to explain to him mostly about the Book of Mormon.  He told us he was leaving on Sunday for 20 days for his work, so we told him to read it while he was away.  He was genuinely excited to read it.  So yeah, he's gone for now, but he's smart, married, and has 20 days to gain a testimony before he gets back.

It's kind of funny that when you are working hard to find people with no results, the Lord suddenly gives you a softball.  A member brought a friend to church named Miguel.  He's separated and went to church partly because he says that something's missing in his life.  We had this great lesson with him yesterday about the plan of salvation.  It was great, because he admitted to us that he has had a poor lifestyle in the past, but he said something along the lines of "I just want to my life to be a little calmer, or, I don't know how to describe it."

We responded:  "Like there's a piece that's missing.  Like you just don't feel complete."  He looked at us and said that that's exactly it.  I then gave the opening prayer, and, I don't know why, but there were tears in his eyes. It really was a beautiful experience.  So pray for him.  He's preparing to get baptized on the 16th of August.

We have to see if Erick gets baptized this week, or if it will have to wait, in part for word of wisdom issues. But, he's doing well, and he'll be there soon.

Love you all!  Hope everything is well.

Elder Johnson

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