This week has flown by, it feels like yesterday that I was last here. Thanks for all the emails, It's been great to hear from all of you. I was sorry to hear about the keys getting lost, but Les Mis sounded like lots of fun.
First order of business this week is making sure I don't forget to answer all of your questions. Last week I thought I'd just give an account of what happened and by the end I was running low on time (sorry Zach).
- My Address is 7692 Santa Barbara Drive Appt. B Zip Code: 46268.
- The area I'm in ranges approximately from North County Road 900 East on the west, West 96th Street on the north, Township Line Road on the east and West 56th Street on the south, with the zone leaders covering the half of the ward that is south of 56th. I don't really know how many people are in Eagle Creek Ward.
- As far as using technology on the mission, the gospel library app means that we don't always have to bring paper scriptures to appointments although I generally prefer to anyways, and we also have access to all of the videos, although I haven't made use of that yet. The area book planner app replaces both the daily planner and the area book, and is really easy to use, although we did go digging through the old paper area book one time looking for a previous investigator that hadn't had their records transferred over one time. With facebook, from what I've heard, and from the videos I've watched it seems like the brethren expected it to be an outstandingly useful missionary tool, but after letting missionaries experiment with it for a while, they eventually ended up having to ban any finding related activities on it which leaves us with the options of spewing positivity onto the internet and using it as a good secondary way of contacting people if that's how they're easiest to contact.
- Last week we did see a Blue Bell Creamery, but we haven't yet gone to try it, although at the rate we've been going through ice cream in the freezer I imagine we'll get there soon.
- Elder Roundy has been doing all the driving, partly out of habit, partly because he's the senior companion, and mainly because I forgot to bring my driving record and other such things to the meeting on that first Tuesday and give it to the right person, so I'll be able to do that this coming Thursday at the specialized training conference for new missionaries and their trainers.
We met with the Kegbes on Tuesday, again by cold-call, and read a bunch of scriptures with them relating to priesthood authority, and the laying on of hands for the gift of the holy ghost. They love having us over, and feeling the spirit with us, and they love the Bible, but are too busy to spend hardly any time reading it or the Book of Mormon. They work most Sundays and those they get off they would much prefer to spend with their son at his church. They don't seem to get the importance of finding out if this is the true church but I'm not sure how to be more clear and upfront with them than we already have been. Ultimately they just aren't investigating and they have so little free time that they believe they have ample excuse to not make commitments. We might end up dropping them, but we want to try meeting with them at least one or two more times before making that call.
Cynthia and Herman weren't at home on Tuesday morning but later that afternoon we stopped by again and saw Cynthia just as she was walking out the door. They weren't at church because their car broke down Sunday morning, and we hadn't been able to get a hold of them because they had forgotten to pay the phone bill. On Friday morning our appointment with them fell through, but that afternoon we were with Brother Yonas in the area, and a different appointment fell through (we've been trying to meet with that family for three weeks now) so we swung by the Adams hoping we might catch them. We did, and we had a nice brief chat, but not really a lesson. They and Brother Yonas got to know each other, and I shared 2 Timothy 3:14 "continue thou in the things which thou has learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them". We had a great discussion about prayer, scripture study, and going to church, and Herman brought up a great point about how Satan works through distractions. They understand what they need to do to come closer to God and improve their lives, it's just a matter of getting them to do it. Which is something that I think applies to just about everyone to some extent or another. True to form, Cynthia's blood sugar plummeted on Sunday Morning and they texted saying they wouldn't be coming to church. Hopefully they remember to read Moroni 10.
Bud made it clear to us that he's been looking for a church that he can do just one hour a week at so we're going to have to try to strike a balance between not pushing him too hard as to chase him off, and getting him to do enough to feel the spirit and understand why he would want to do more. He couldn't come to church this last week, but I think we managed to talk him into coming to church for two hours next week just to see what it's like. We read 2 Nephi 32 with him and had a lesson about prayer and scripture study.
We've done a lot of tracting this week, and have a bunch of people that may or may not turn into investigators if we can establish regular return appointments, but for now the ones I've written about are the significant ones. Whenever tracting starts to feel routine we run into a response or a question that gets us thinking about new things to say and new answers to give. I'm still not sure what the best way to respond to the belief that "there's no real difference between denominations so long as you believe in Jesus" is. All in all, I'd say it's been a good week, but not without it's disappointments. I look forward to hearing from you all again next week.