What a week! We had tons of new investigators and on top of it all, I was able to talk to you! What a joy that was to see everybody and to hear from you, how you are doing. I feel like the call home is a boost because it reminds you why you are doing what you are doing on a mission. In the end, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is how families can be together forever, and I know that is reward enough for me to work.
We have a great investigator right now who is progressing well. His mind is sharp and he feels the Spirit testify as he reads the Book of Mormon. It was amazing how much faith he was able to have. We had given him a few small reading assignments (the Introduction, the Testimony of Joseph Smith) to read, but never an assignment of the Book of Mormon itself. Then, we had him read Mosiah 18, the next lesson that we had, he told us that he knew the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith were true. How amazing that is! Another blessing of teaching him is that we have always been able to teach in a member’s home. The Spirit has been strong as we teach in a place conducive to It’s presence.
I want to tell you about another miracle we had with our recent convert R. About a week ago, R’s friend D (a less active member baptized 2 years ago) was looking through the pictures on his phone. D saw a picture of R’s baptism and recognized the font. They had been friends for 15 years, and until last week they didn’t know that they were both members. Now they are excited that they are able to live the Gospel and work on things that they struggle with together. This is an answer to so many prayers, and an amazing experience.
On the subject of helping and looking for people to invite, know that it is always in the hands of the Lord what happens, but ask that you will see the opportunities to share. It will often mean that you have to come out of your comfort zone in order to do so, but then again, you aren’t really taking advantage of the Atonement if you are staying within your comfort zone. In Europe, they have designated the month of June as a month of invitation where people are to invite friends and friends of other faiths to come to church and to see what we are all about. We are doing service for the Jubilee in Lancaster, and we will be helping plan activities that we can invite people to come to. It is exciting.
Another exciting (and somewhat nerve-racking) thing is that we will be teaching a class of 15-16 year olds in high school about our church. In England, Religious Education (or RE) is compulsory, and we have been invited to teach a class. I am pretty excited about that. It’s next Friday, so I will tell you about it next week.