Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week 71: Member Missionaries Are Amazing!

Hey All!

Hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!! Sounds like it was a pretty white one back in Utah at least :) Nothing here, which was a blessing. Why? Because without snow it didn't feel like Christmas, and so I felt less trunky! Yay for not being trunky! 

Anyways, this last week was a pretty weird one. Monday was a pretty relaxed one;our zone practiced for our Christmas skit and then we went out to do some good ol' fashioned knocking doors. Good news was it was in a super Spanish place! We found a cool guy named Miguel who we taught a couple of times this past week. Finding him was definitely the highlight of  Monday though.

Then Tuesday we were able to help out with the toy drive @ LifeNet4Families which was super fun. We just helped to guard the toys and then help little kids and parents pick out toys. We even got to show off our Spanish a bit with some of the Latinos that came in which was cool as well. After that we went to follow up with the DVD referral guy, Jose, more to come on that in a moment. Later on, we did something new that we've been trying, which is riding our bikes around just contacting people in the street! It's actually been super fun, especially since on Davie Blvd., there are always Spanish speakers out and about. So that's been really helpful and fun. We also have started cornering Spanish people at bus stops... :) We figured out it's perfect because the buses are always late here, and the people can't just get up and leave, so they make for some pretty good contacts :D So ya street contacting has been really cool; we're still working out the kinks but it's definitely helped us talk to lots more Latinos!

Later on Tuesday night, we had a super cool lesson with Miguel, and a member that went with us to visit him. It's amazing how much power the members of the church have. The lesson wouldn't have gone as well without the help of Brother Benites!

Wednesday's mission conference went super long because of the skits, so we didn't get a whole lot done that day as far as missionary work is concerned. But we did find out that a few areas in the mission are getting absorbed into the Orlando Mission. Salt Lake sure likes to mess with our boundaries around here! Fortunately, I'm not going anywhere, although Elder Holloway and Elder Mejia are getting transferred to the Orlando mission which is pretty weird....!

Nothing too exciting Christmas Eve, though we did have another awesome lesson with Miguel at 8:00 that night! We took a different member couple out with us, and once again they helped things to go super well with powerful testimonies!

Of course Friday was Christmas! We woke up, worked out, and then opened presents which was great. Thanks again to all those who sent packages!!! Then we went to a member meal and afterwards skyped our wonderful families which was good. After that just took advantage of the holiday with everyone being home and knocked on doors like crazy! While I don't have any crazy miracles to report, it was super nice that we were able to contact so many families home and together! A merry Christmas indeed.

Saturday was pretty interesting because Elder Lamb came out knocking doors with us! For those who don't remember, Elder Lamb was my first companion here in Florida. Turns out he's back visiting for the holiday break and is actually staying at a place here in my area! So he called us up and we went out for awhile, which was really fun! He told me that the Morales family is doing awesome and that Brother Morales actually received the Melchezidek Priesthood which is huge. Not only that, but they are at church every week with Christopher which is awesome news. I also heard from the Doral Elders on Wednesday that Albert was back at church which was wonderful news as well!

So that was pretty much it for the week. Now for a few quick updates on investigators.

Jaime: After praying about him, we went and had a drop talk with him Saturday. It was really hard but the Spirit confirmed to us that it needed to happen. He has a testimony of the church, but it's just not his time. Hopefully in the future...

Claudia and Amilcar: They have stopped answering our calls. We've been trying to get back in contact, but it looks like they're avoiding us now. :/

Jose (DVD referral): Went by his house,  but the woman at the house told us that he moved to Miami permanently and tried to give us back the Book of Mormon and stuff. Not sure what happened there, but we tried to call several times for his new address with no dice :/

Yosleini and Vladimir: Yosleini told us she would "call us" after passing by their house many times, but she never did. We even tried one more time, but we have lost contact completely.

Also, it may cause concern that so many investigators dropped like that, but understand that's a pretty normal week here in the mission. Just the way missionary work goes!

Anyways that's about all for this week, just excited to move forward with more faith and obedience than ever before!

Love you all and a happy new year!

Elder Butterfield

Elder Mears and Elder Butterfield

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