Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Halloween Finding for White Christmas [white, as in baptismal clothes]

November 3, 2014

This week was some pretty good times.  The six of us in the offices are working like dogs, really.  It’s the best.  I've finally gotten to the point where we can get all of our office work done, eat lunch, and leave at 3 every day to proselyte the rest of the day, even on district meeting days and weekly planning days.  Sorry, language study.

People here tell me that trick or treating here is a newer tradition, or at least is only recently gaining popularity.  It shows, because everyone just yells "Halloween!" at the door.  That's exactly what Elder Feller and I yelled at the doors on the 31st.  Then we said something like "Yeah, we're just dressed up as missionaries, hahaha!  Anyway, you want some candy?"  People really get sucked in with our lemon drops.  Don't they know not to take candy from strangers?

The two of us really set a super high goal for new investigators last week, so we kept talking about what to do and where to go.  I felt the nudge a couple of times to really contact well Comite 8 [a neighborhood] of Mercurio, which is not something we would normally contact because it’s in the boonies of our area.  When I say the boonies of our area, I mean to say the stratosphere.  Going there this week was a great experience.  We honestly have never been received so well in any other place in our area.  We have also encountered a part-member family (the less active’s name is Santiago) as well as several former investigators.   The real shocking part is that there are also many married people in that part, which, by first glance, wouldn’t have been our bet.  It's interesting that something so simple has been giving us exactly what we have been praying for for a long time. 

A couple of other things we tried this week:  Setting up a family home evening with less actives, then invite the whole entire neighborhood to the family home evening.  The one yesterday fell through, but we have an FHE with Andres and his family tonight from that.  We'll try that one out this week again.  Also, we are almost always doing FHE for the first lesson with families, and even when not with families, promise to be there 10 minutes, then stop what you're teaching no matter what to respect the 10 minutes.  If they want to know more, they are free to tell us to stay.  That has really helped a lot.

And don't even get me started on the 25-minute closing prayer that one of our new investigators gave.  We couldn't even walk afterwards, our knees hurt so bad.

Anyway, I'm just trying to say that it was a great week, and I'm really glad to be with the other office guys.  December is going to be the best month of our missions!

Glad to know everyone’s doing well.
Love you!

Elder Johnson

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