That is really sad about Britton, I will continue to pray and I will even fast for him this week that a miracle can happen, I know that as all of us have faith we can accomplish miracles, with the help of God, Ether chapter 12, read it.
So our week is going so good!! In words of president Bertin "You are on fire in this area. Great work. P. Bertin" So its safe to say that things are going really well for us here in San mig, and I always got to thank my Father in Heaven for our blessings!! So sister Lara had to get moved to , but that is okay cause it will be the last Saturday of the year so that is a good way to finish out the year ha, we are really excited for her so pray for Lara that she can pass her interview!
We also had brother Boyd come to church for the second time in a row so he is getting geared up for his BAP in Jan!! We and his family is part member returning less active so we are happy for them for coming out of in activity!
We had one of our investigators tell us that he was a murderer and he served 8 years in prison.. That was a interesting and some what sketchy experience... But he is a cool guy who wants to get close to Jesus, but sad thing is he is moving so we wont be able to teach him any more, but he was a cool guy who had some potential.
We taught the Bangit family this week, there are so freaking cool!! We finished the Restoration this week with themand the spirit was just so strong as we taught about the Restoration of the Gospel! They are really receptive and they really want to know if it is true, so they said they would pray and also that they would attend church as a family next week! We will be putting a bap date on them this week! Pray for the Bangit family!
We were able to get 15 new investigators this week! And a couple of them were families, so lets hope that they can progress, I love getting new investigators cause it is just giving another person an opportunity to hear the great message that we have to bring!
We were able to beat our numbers last week and we are so close to 40 lessons a week, next week we should get it, I would say this week but we have lots of stuff going on, with our chirstmas conf of the mission and stuff like that!
But I just would like to tell a couple stories that I have noticed on my mission and I made a connection with my last area and here.
So this goes back to my time in Fairvew, with teaching the Madike family, and it was just as we began to teach the father of the family Theodore Madike, and remember he came all the way from Nigeria basically on vacation for only 30 days was his visa, but with the help of the Lord he was able to stay longer because of the ebola virus that broke out in Nigeria so he wasnt able to go back, so we were able to teach him and baptize him to complete the family and prepare them to make covenants in the temple.
Then here in San Miguel with sister Lara.. I remember when we first talked to here, we were walking to a part of our area that is far away, and I remember hearing a voice like 'hey elders" so I stopped and waved, it was a member in our branch, I usually would just keep it at a hello, but something was telling me to go over there and enter their house, so it turns out that they were having a birthday party for the person that lived there and the member was a friend of her so that is why she was there, also the person that was having the birthday party was the aunt of sister Lara so she was there, and eventually we talked to sister Lara and she said we could go and teach her, now look and where that has come. Also sister Lara was telling us that if she didnt have here phobieas than she would be abroad in a different country, so the Lord gave her that so she could hear the Gospel.
Now what are the similarites of these two stories? The Lord gives all his children a time and place to hear the Gospel, and gives them the chance to except it, as thinking back on these two stories I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of his children and the end result of that plan is to have his children return back to him, and the only way they can do that is through this Gospel, and the Atonement.
Sometimes when we are given challenges or trials we only see them as they are and not what they are helping us become, our trials are truly the refiners fire that molds us and shapes and, really turns us into what our Heavenly Father wants us to become. I know that our Father in Heaven knows each of us and loves us indivudually and he wants what is best for us so sometimes we have to go through trials to receive what the end result is, and I know with both of these situations that the Lord had his "hand" in them.
I love being a missionary and I just love serving the Lord, it has been such a huge blessing doing what I do and helping people come unto Christ, its weird to think I only have 9 months left of doing this.
I love you and pray for you
love elder Howell