Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Week 34: More Bike Drama...

Hey everybody!

Hopefully everyone was able to get back into the swing of things after Spring break and Easter and such. Fortunately I was completely recovered from that food poisoning last Tuesday so that was a blessing! I'll be honest though this last week has been a bit of a faith testing week, there were some pretty hard days and also some things that happened that were just very frustrating and even a little expensive:/ But sometimes God tests and we don't know why. I definitely don't know, but I do know I've been called here and the Lord has suffered me to come here for some reason. Guess I just need to figure it out still... :)

So despite all the craziness this last week of not finding any new investigators and more bike problems (more to come in a second) this last week, we have been able to keep teaching our investigator Fred! Fred is an older African American man who comes back and forth from here and Kansas City. He has been progressing well as we've taught him the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation, not to mention that he has a profound interest in genealogy! Coincidence? I think not! We're pretty excited to keep working with him, the only crazy thing is once he finishes a job down here he could go back to Kansas City at any moment. But he's accepting it and it's all the same team right? Definitely:) So hopefully things continue to go well with him, our golden investigator at the moment!

Fred has definitely been the diamond in the rough though! Elder Dinkins and I have been working our butts off knocking doors, following with former investigators as well as trying to work with the members, but just haven't seen any fruits as of late. It's pretty frustrating and not an easy thing to deal with...but as I was studying the Book of Mormon this last week I realized that Lehi had it a lot tougher than I did. He was called to preach in Jerusalem and was completely rejected by the people. As far as I can tell he didn't baptize or convert anyone there, and was forced to leave or they would've killed him. So it was just a good reminder to me that sometimes rough patches like this happen, but the important thing is to continue to go out in faith and trust in God to prepare people for you. That's another lesson I've been learning. We as missionaries are just the messengers, we don't really do much of anything else. So I guess part of all this is to help me learn to trust in God a little bit more. Hopefully there's not too much more to learn right now so things can start turning around;) Just kidding things are gonna get better this week!

So ya it was a bit of a hard week, but Friday was just the icing on the cake. So Elder Dinkins and I had been working in an area for about an hour but went back to our bikes to grab some water. Well then we left for 18 minutes and came back and we were each missing a bike wheel. Someone stole our bike wheels and Elder Dinkins' bike seat in broad daylight! It was awful and pretty much wrecked the rest of our Friday and the early part of the day Saturday. Needless to say I bought a 15 foot long lock cable at the bike shop so that we can lock up every single part of the bike from now on. Pretty ridiculous, but there are some "interesting neighborhoods" in the area so I guess we should've seen it coming:P Fortunately the bike shop took care of us and got everything fixed up, but it was just a pain to get everything fixed and taken care of. Missionary life sometimes...*rolls eyes*

Sunday brought some cool stuff with the Polo family though. We reviewed the Plan of Salvation with Rebeca this week and she has really been pushing her family to join us for dinner and the lesson as of late. She always tells us how she is praying that their hearts will be softened, she's so amazing! But anyways as we taught it, Edgar had some concerns with evolution and one of the daughters said they didn't believe in the creation, that they believe it's just a story. Not the ideal lesson but Rebeca was fine. Well Rebeca has been reading the President Benson book like crazy and she showed Edgar some stuff in there that explained (which funnily enough, I wouldn't even know where to look) the Creation and such and it helped to clear up a lot of his doubts. He even came to church again on Sunday with Rebeca! He's still not interested in baptism, but it's cool to see that he's at least trying to understand. He'll get baptized eventually. That was a good way to end the week at least, hopefully he continues to figure things out!

Anyways that's pretty much it for this week. Sorry if it was a little scattered but that is pretty much how this week has gone. Definitely looking forward to the miracles that this week will hold, that's for sure! Love you all!

Elder Butterfield

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