Week 70 – Missionary Work (Play!)

Some SWEET shirts that a member had made for us!!
January 18, 2016
Howdy everyone!!

First of all, I want to congratulate my Dad on being called as the Bishop of the Goose Creek ward!! It is an exciting yet overwhelming calling, and I know that my Dad will do great. I am SO blessed to have an awesome father who has taught me so much, and has been a mentor, coach, example, teacher, and father to me. I couldn't ask for better parents!!

So this has been an AWESOME week!! Elder Ash and I hit the pavement pretty good, without any meetings or interruptions. It really was a ton of fun, and went by too fast. But because we were able to work the whole week, we were able to really see lots of success! Our teaching pool grew and we found some new solid people to teach. 

On Tuesday night, we were at the church for a few minutes.  Bishop Roelofs was there and he told us that he had randomly gotten a call from an 88-year old lady named Vicky in the ward, who said she wanted to start coming back to church and she wanted her husband to get baptized. So we looked up her info and decided to go over at 4pm on Wednesday to meet her and see what the deal was. We got there, and there wasn't anyone home, so we got back in the car, and we were looking down the ward list (which we had broken down into small pockets within our ward) when we noticed there was another woman on the ward list that we didn't know who lived just a door or two down.  So we got back out and walked down to this other woman’s door and knocked on it. She opened up and we asked if she was the woman on the list and she responded yes and told us to never come back, and then slammed the door in our faces. We got a good laugh out of it and as we were walking back to the car, Vicky and her husband pulled up into their driveway. So we awkwardly waited for them to slowly get out, but then we introduced ourselves and they were super excited to see us!!  We helped them carry their groceries into their house and then we sat down with them and had a great lesson with Vicky, and her husband Clancy. We taught them again a few days ago, and they are doing great! He committed to baptism, but wants to read the whole Book of Mormon first. So we will work with them – he is a really cool guy.

Exchanges with Elder Cox
We also got a referral from two other Elders in the stake of a young family that moved into our ward – Dave and Cassandra and their 3-year-old daughter – and they are super solid!! They are super excited about the church and want to learn more. The only concern with them is that Dave has a "healthy distrust" of living prophets. So we are working with that, but he is determined to read from the Book of Mormon and pray about it to find an answer, and I know that they will, so we will see how it goes. 

The other night we were walking out of our dinner appointment with some members who live in a rougher part of town in some apartments, and we saw this lady walking her dog. We caught up to her and started talking with her.  She really wasn't interested, and just kept walking. She was probably really creeped out because we were walking towards our car, and she was headed the same way, so she probably felt like we were following her and stalking her...but anyways we just left her with a pass-along card and said that we love to help in any way possible!  Well, the next day she called us and asked if we could come help her move some stuff into her apartment that we found her at! So of course we jumped on that opportunity, and we were able to go back and provide some service.  When we were finished helping her, we scheduled a return appointment to come and teach her!! It was cool to see that her heart was softened big time just by doing a little service. 

The church is true. I was reading in 2 Nephi this past week, Chapter 2. It’s a great chapter. Verse 8 is a well-known verse that obviously jumped out to me as a missionary...(referring to the Atonement of our Savior), Lehi tells Jacob: "How great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth..." This is so true!  What a blessing it is in our lives to know about the Restored Gospel and to live it!!  Because we have been blessed with the Gospel in our lives, it is now our job (and really our desire) to share it with everyone, so that they too, can come to know of the fulness of the Gospel. I am so blessed to be able to do just that for 2 whole years. When people really come to understand the Gospel, and what it is and what it means, they inevitably are willing to make any necessary changes so they can receive the full potential of what the restored Gospel has to offer. It is so neat to see the change in people’s lives as they learn and grow in their testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!!

Have a great week!! I love you guys!


Elder Todd

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