Monday, May 20, 2013
Week 84 - May 20, 2013
Things are busy here in the mission home. We're always, always, always working. This is the first time I've been in a three person companionship and it's a lot of fun. We each have a computer and phone so it's really nice when it comes to following-up with investigators or getting other work done. We can get a lot done at once - email and call investigators while calling and talking with missionaries and doing other work, and still have someone to cook dinner.
We're teaching an 18 year-old Filipino boy named Arvin. I think I told you a little about him over Skype. We were able to meet with him three times last week and we'll have another lesson today. He is super nice, has very pure and sincere desires, and a lot of faith. He's very sensitive to the spirit. He feels it often and is getting very good at recognizing it. Our first meeting with him was last Monday, the day I transferred here. We met him at the station and walked to the church to give him a tour. He loved being in the chapel and as we walked to the baptismal font he was asking if he could be baptized. His family doesn't seem very well off and he really wants to help them and improve his life. During our second meeting it was about to start raining so we just went into a McDonalds by the station. We taught him the gospel of Christ, basically the fourth article of faith. He committed to pray and repent of sins. We called the next day to follow-up and he said he prayed and felt the holy ghost very strongly. We met with him for the third time a few days ago and taught him about the Restoration and Book of Mormon. It was a great spirit-filled lesson. After the closing prayer the spirit was especially strong and Elder Olson asked him how he was feeling. He opened the Book of Mormon and read a verse. That verse happened to be Mosiah 18:11, "And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts." He said that's exactly how he feels and he was absolutely amazed that he just opened the book to that verse. It was a miracle.
We have a bunch of other strong investigators and should be seeing a few of them receive baptism soon. We have one investigator preparing for this next Sunday.
I encourage you each to personally read the Book of Mormon. Finish it before I get home! I will add more to what we're doing here already and I'll read along with you. But I'll read in Japanese.
I was wondering if you could check if there's something wrong with my debit card. The machines here won't accept it for some reason anymore. Could you check it out and let me know?
Have a great week! Let me know if there's anything you want to know, etc. I love you!!!