Monday, February 29, 2016

Week 80: New Investigators...Yeah!!!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so dead and exhausted and my voice is completely gone as I'm writing this...good times!;)  But hey, it's good to be in the service of the Lord!

So this last week we were able to get a good amount of the new member lessons in with Helen which went pretty well. Sometimes she has some pretty crazy questions and wants direct answers, but she's doing well for the most part. We just have a hard time getting her to stay for Sunday School and Relief Society...! 

Besides teaching Helen, we picked up a few new investigators throughout the week who unfortunately didn't make it to church...but we had a pretty cool story with one that I have to tell. So last Tuesday Elder Van Cott and I were knocking doors in the afternoon and it started to rain. Well, we kept on moving forward, but when we went up to a door it started to rain sheets, so we were cowering under this person's porch. Well, she ended up having pity on us, yanked us inside, and we were able to pray with her! She accepted baptism, coming to church, and a return appointment! Also she's from the Bahamas and her name is Vernique Butterfield. Yup, you read that right! Pretty cool huh? And then as soon as we left it was sunny again...Divine intervention? I think so. So far we've only taught her the Restoration, and she didn't make it to church because of a family crisis with her niece, but we'll follow up with her and see what happens.

In better news, Helen's son Bryan came to church on Sunday for the first time! He admitted it was mostly to support his mom, but he was telling Elder Van Cott and I that we were pretty cool guys and that he wanted to start talking to us more after talking to his mom about us. So there is definitely potential in him which is good! Also funny side note, he took a picture of me with Helen and was showing it to his friends. Well according to Bryan about 7 girls commented "He's hot! I'd be baptized by him!" I seriously died laughing in the middle of church when he told me that XD #StillGotIt;)

As well, we actually had a lady just walk into church on her own Sunday, which almost never happens in Hollywood! Her name is Esther and she's just looking for a church for her and her son, so she walked over to ours! She came in at the end of Sacrament Meeting and stayed for Gospel Principles and Relief Society. She's coming back next week! So we will hopefully be teaching her this next as well!

But that's not all! We rescued 3 less active members this week, and one of them invited their nonmember friend to church without us saying anything. He liked it a lot and the other Elders will be going back to follow up with him this week!

So it was a slow week during the week but ended on a strong note!

Just some other things that were cool--we did member exchanges on Wednesday night so Elder Van Cott and I split up to double our effectiveness and it went well. We are in the process of trying to track down all of the part-member families in our area so that was a huge help! It is hard in Florida because the ward directories are super out of date and most people on the lists are long gone. For example, we have 1200 people on the Hollwood Ward directory, and only about 230 come each week. Most don't actually still live here, but we've found one or two so far. They just weren't interested in coming back at the moment.

The other thing is that Elder Duve', a member of the first quorum of the 70, is touring our mission right now. Sunday night we had Mission Leadership Council and he talked about how to be better leaders as well as how we need to work better with the members here. So it was a confirmation that Elder Van Cott and I are on the right track with member exchanges and contacting part member families etc.

That's pretty much it for this week though. We have our zone conference tomorrow with Elder Duve' and then from there we just need to explode our area!!!

Well love you all,
Elder Butterfield

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