This week has been a great one in our area. Our work is finally paying off because we have two new investigators!!! And even better is the fact that the investigators came from our members inviting them to church activities.
One of them, Miko, was invited to church by one of the members and after church we had a short lesson about prayer. At the end of the lesson we asked her to pray and she didn't want to, but she said that she would later. So we were kinda disappointed and thinking that she probably wouldn't keep her commitment, but this morning on the train, our member texted us to tell us that Miko prayed last night and that she felt really good.
God will answer our prayers if we just as sincerely. After our lesson with her we were talking to our ward missionaries, and Miko went and talked to another person that came with their friend to church and told her about our lesson. The person she was telling about it was another non-member named Carmen, who a family had brought to church and then she asked us to teach a quick lesson as well. So we taught her about prayer and she started to cry because she felt the spirit. We then had her talk to the bishop for a while and walked home with her.
It is amazing to see people feel and recognize the spirit for the first time in their life. We as members are so blessed to have the gift of the Holy Ghost and have God give us guidance every day.
Unfortunately we will have to move Kitty's baptism back because we haven't had the chance to teach everything but I think that there's still hope. The work here has been going so well, because we have been working hard and the members are super willing to work with us. If we put in our part and keep going even when things are hard the lord will make up the difference and bless us so much. The best investigators are ones who already have member friends because they already have a person they can trust when they have questions and struggles with doctrine that can help them understand.
Missions are hard and stressful at times, but the reward of serving is so great that the struggles seem super small in comparison. Have a good week!
Fun fact 1: The rainy season is just getting started. Elder Ashton mentioned he got to see his first “yellow flag/signal” rain. This is a warning that means it is raining at 30 millimeters (a little over an inch) per hour. He said it just started dumping buckets of rain, like one of the heaviest storms we have in Colorado. (and there are two higher levels of warning)
Fun fact 2: The warning came when he was in Mong Kok, which is apparently one of the major shopping areas in all of Hong Kong-also has one of the highest population densities in the world.
Fun fact 3: He got to go to the Hong Kong temple and said it was in English but those who didn’t speak English had headsets and that it was really nice.
You can email Elder Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time he was told to share the mission home address if you would like to send him regular mail:
Elder Joel Ashton
18 Dorset Crescent