Monday, December 5, 2016

Goin' Ghetto

This week flew by!! I don't know what it was but this was probably the fastest week on my mission, and I can't believe it's already December!! It's probably because Elder Payne and I get along super well and we have tons of fun.

We have spent most of our time this week in the Chester Maissonettes which is the most ghetto part of our area. It's these super run down one bedroom townhouses off the freeway and we have at least 4 investigators there and a couple of less actives.

So first off is Chris, his mom was a member a long time ago but he isn't. We taught him yesterday and as we walked up to him he said "what's up fellas, I'm just out here workin' on my bars". Apparently he is an up and coming rapper. He loves the Book of Mormon but his only problem is smoking. I asked him if he enjoyed smoking and he said "yeah man I love it, it just has a super sweet aroma and doesn't make me sick at all" .....definitely not the answer I was looking for. He also had a huge pistol stuffed down the front of his pants. Which makes sense because the Maissonettes is the only place in Chesterfield that accepts convicted felons.

Our most solid investigator is probably Joeanna, she also lives in the Maisonnettes. She has two daughters and is cruising though the Book of Mormon 🙏🏻. The biggest problem is getting all of these people to church because none of them have cars. Thankfully we have super solid members who are usually willing to pick people up.

I've been learning a ton about the Book of Mormon recently. The Book of Mormon is perfectly crafted for conversion and there isn't a single word in it that won't help convert someone. We had someone from the mission department come talk to us and he shared a lot of cool stuff about the Book of Mormon. So, Moroni visited Joseph Smith on September 21st which at first doesn't seem significant. But, September 21st is the fall equinox which signifies the start of the harvest. Which again isn't that significant until you include scriptures like D&C 4:4  "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;"

There are literally no coincidences when it comes to the gospel, Moroni visited the prophet on that same day every year, to signify how the Book of Mormon would help "harvest" or convert people to the church. All we have to do as missionaries and as members is share the Book of Mormon, and if they actually read it, the Holy Ghost will do the rest!
I hope everyone has an awesome week!

1. Elder Payne and me with the Chevy Cruze 🚙👌🏼
2. P-Day with the zone
3. Setting up for Christmas (thanks mom)
4. Belmont Ward Christmas party

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