Hello there! I'm not actually present, talking with you, but I hope you are having a good day/week/life.
Nothing super exciting happened this week. We were able to meet with that guy Bill from last time, who wanted to come to church but didn't. He wasn't able to come because he had taken a last minute trip up to his sister's place or something. It was all good, we just talked a bit and told him we'll come watch a session or two of General Conference with him, which he seemed really excited about, so work goes good for him. We also found out that the phone number we've been giving out isn't our actual phone number. Because we're switching out SIM cards all the time, the phone number for a certain area will sometimes save as your actual number. That was a bit awkward when he called and a different set of missionaries answered, but it's all good. We know our actual number now.
We went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders on Tuesday, that was pretty cool. Elder Jackson and I rode up with a member to Martinsburg, which was about 2 hours away, then Elder Jackson stayed behind while Elder Munden and I came back down to Keyser. He's a pretty cool guy. He's a typical yeehaw American man (used to have long hair, loves cowboy hats and guns, has an American flag and Confederate flag flying from his truck) from Bountiful of all places. Because of the long drive, we weren't able to do much, but we did teach a lesson to a recent convert, which they really enjoyed.
We had Stake Conference this Sunday. It was a cool stake conference because they had a group of recent converts share how they found the gospel and their simple yet powerful testimonies. Something I noticed was that not a single one of these people were found by the missionaries. All of them had friends who invited them to church/church activities, or just told them about the gospel, or had member friends and family who were just great examples to them. It really shows the power that member missionary work has. When the gospel is introduced to someone through a trusted source, they are way more likely to be interested, stay interested, and be truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's definitely opened my eyes to how important member missionary work. It's something I will 100% need to work on when I get home, and I challenge everyone reading this to start working on it to. If you aren't sure where to start, check out Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk from this past General Conference about member missionary work called "Missionary Work: Sharing What's In Your Heart". He lists 5 points on how to be an effective member missionary, and only one of those points actually involves talking about the gospel.
Well, that's my email and spiritual thought for the week. If you need extra nourishment, read 2nd Nephi 31:3. This verse talks about the plainness and simpleness of the gospel. In order to know if it's true, all you have to do is ask, and you will receive an answer that you understand as an answer.
Too-da loo until next week,
1. The only proper way to proselytizing.
2. A pretty view in Piedmont (or Westernport, I can't remember).
3. A pretty driveway to a nice house.
4. Some righteous graffiti.
5. Elder Jackson found a little friend.