Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter decided to show up for real oh wait

Dear Family and Friends
       This week has been an exciting uproar of crazy!
Monday we started out the week with two pretty good lessons I was pretty happy the first one of note was with an investigator named Noe and we have been working with him for a while but he hasn't really wanted to progress and do more than learn and read and we decided since his wife hasn't been involved in the lessons since Elder Sharp and I have been here we would try to involve her by watching Together and Forever seeing if we couldn't spark interest. Well that went I think maybe a little to well The spirit was very strong and we could see that felt it and also that they loved the Cheesiness but deepness of the message. Well after the movie Noe sat quietly and we asked him and his wife what they thought and she said I got most of it but I still didn't catch all since it was in Spanish (she is a Hispanic American) Noe got up and said "I'm tired I'm going to bed see you next week" they had just started having relationship problems and after a talk the day before where they weren't sure what they needed to do We came in with and answer Stick it out It is Worth it
  Next is Wilfredo he is a stubborn man but that is a good thing it makes him seriously investigate we had a good lesson discussing the prophet Joseph Smith and what happened with him. He just kind of brushed off sadly because of The Book Of Mormon and he was like you Focus to much on this book of Mormon use the Bible more! and I looked at him and said why do I have to teach you things you already know, but we are teaching you of things that God has revealed. so ya it was funny trying to teach a stubborn Hispanic man when we don't speak perfect Spanish.
       Tuesday we got two lessons again which rocked they were less actives and we went over CPR with one lady CPR is Church Prayer Reading. We will die spiritually if we stop doing one of these things and those are the basics to stay alive or bring back one who is mostly dead (princess bride reference) We also did service at the center for people in Need which is fun we sorted Big Boxes of Apples I mean BIG we found some really bad apples and some pretty good ones it was fun but awful I also got the chance to talk with some of the people and I learned how to say
"hello" Peace on you which is said like Salam AlAkum
and reply is                                        Walakum Alsalam
and "good bye" With Safety                 mA sAlAma
       Wednesday we had zone Training which was good we had some training one from a guest speaker from the Yankee Hill Ward he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and is a big business guy at UNL teaching Business leadership and we learned that in order to be an effective leader it is for the most part having the Christlike attributes and doing what missionaries do leading and helping others so it was super good we are focusing on becoming preach my gospel missionaries not just missionaries doing everything by the book  we also got our Elder's Quorum president to come with us to see a less active and he gave us a list of excuses and then we went to McDonald's to discuss how we could work more effectively with the Elder's quorum and that was a good meeting
    Thursday we got a text Hey Friday we are going to the Temple! so we brought stuff and went on exchanges with the Zone leaders which was nice and we had a good time going around teaching we got some success they are finding some good investigators and I felt like I learned quite a bit
        Friday we went to the temple so that was amazing we didn't get to go last transfer because of Christmas so we were blessed I learned a lot in the endowment session. I learned stuff that I needed and it wasn't even the answers or information I was looking for so that was cool. I was super impressed by the beauty and simplicity of the Temple but also its Magnificence so we came home and did weekly planning and that took up our day
         Saturday we had a good lessons again our days plans got changed but we still saw miracles because our Elder's Quorum activity got canceled we decided to go knock this apartment building the Zone leaders said had Hispanics and we were like okay sure it is super south in a very not Hispanic area but we decided to go for it and in doing so we knocked into a less active who we had met once but had moved to this apartment two weeks earlier and had no way to contact us and wants to come back to church once she changes jobs so that was a miracle little did our zone leaders know what an impact that would have. we had some other good lessons that day but that was our miracle
            Sunday we had slim attendance but we still had a small group but we are going to hopefully get back up we are just praying for the bosses of our Hispanics to soften their hearts and that they will find some way to not have to make our Hispanics work on Sundays
and that is my week Miracles are abounding and the Holy Ghost is being poured out on all those who are seeking for some thing better 

Elder Logan Joseph Draper

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