Monday, May 18, 2015

Seek for and follow the Spirit!

This week has been pretty good. We decided to go through our list of investigators and see who we should still consider one or not. I really hate dropping investigators but when you just can't contact them ever you have to sometimes. We dropped quite a few including C and her finance (she moved out and she didn't tell us where so we have no way of contacting her now).

We did find two new investigators this week, though! One is the fiance of one of our potential investigators who used to meet with the missionaries a ton way back when. We haven't been able to meet with him though. The other we found while on exchanges. I was with Elder ChungHee, our district leader, and decided to stop and talk to her since she was out weeding. We found out she just moved to Lubbock not too long ago from Thailand and has lived all over the place including South Korea. We started teaching her the restoration but she kept asking questions about deep doctrine (I'm pretty sure she's come in contact with plenty of anti, but she's still pretty open). 

The O family is doing great! We got to go and have a lesson with them on the temple grounds this week. It went pretty well considering how chaotic their family is. Also, J was interviewed by the bishop for the Aaronic Priesthood this week!! We haven't heard how that went, but I hope he'll get it soon because his son just turned 8 and that would be amazing if he was able to baptize him! 

We also did quite a bit of street contacting this week and had a couple sweet miracles. One happened while we were walking to try a potential. As we passed this house, we felt prompted to knock it. The lady who answered the door was very apprehensive at first and told us we couldn't come back but we testified of our message and offered to do some service. We were pretty persistent with the service and suddenly she said that we could come back and set up an appointment! She even told us that she hardly ever answers the door because it's a sketchy part of town but for some reason she had answered it that time. We also found this black man on the streets.  He was very open and seemed pretty interested (whether in hearing our message or that he thinks we'll smoke weed with him, I'm not sure. ha, ha). 

If there's one thing I've learned this week it's how important it is to have the Spirit with you all the time. Whether you're a missionary or not, being a disciple of Jesus Christ means that you do and say what He would do. And that requires following the Spirit and seeking for it's guidance in every situation. It's such an amazing feeling when you know God has worked through you for someone's benefit or to answer their prayer (Words of Mormon 1:7).

Love, Elder Carlson

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