Monday, June 26, 2017

Fourth Floor, Fourth Door

Well my new companion is Elder Davis, he's from Spanish Fork. We were
actually in the same district in the MTC so it's cool that we're
companions now. This week has been a lot of tracting as usual but we
actually found some super solid people. Unfortunately we have to knock
an entire street of people who aren't interested until we get to the
last house, THEN it's a person who's interested, hence the title.

The first lady we found this week is Laura. She was sitting on her
lawn with her son and we walked up and were able to start a
conversation. We taught her a short restoration and when we told her
about the first vision you could tell she was feeling the spirit super
strong. She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said we could
come back later next week!

The day after we found Laura we found John P. He was out by his car
when we walked up and immediately started asking us what believe about
certain things. He explained he'd done a lot of things he wasn't proud
of and was trying hard to turn his life around. We explained a lot
about the Atonement and the heal power it offers and he seemed very
interested. We have a lesson with him tomorrow so that should be good.

We are also meeting with John A. not to be confused with John P. John
A. used to work for the CIA so he speaks Russian and some other random
languages. He's really interested in Mormons and what they believe, he
even asked us to give him a church tour so we will be doing that later
in the week.

As I've been reading in the Book of Mormon recently I've been
wondering a lot about what Nephi had that Laman and Lemuel lacked. All
three of them had similar experiences but they chose different paths.
So in my studies this week I came up with 3 main attributes Nephi had
that Laman and Lemuel lacked. They are Faith, Patience, and Diligence.

When Nephi was commanded to go and get the plates he had FAITH. He
believed in the promise of the Lord that he and and his brothers would
be able to obtain them. Laman and Lemuel on the other hand lacked that
faith. Even after an angel appeared to them and told it was possible
they murmured and complained.

Next up is PATIENCE. Nephi knew how to wait on the Lords timing. He
and his family spent 8 years wandering in the wilderness, thats a long
time!! Yet he never complained or doubted that the Lord would deliver
them. He simply endured patiently until the right time. Laman and
Lemuel on the other hand were never patient. Instead of waiting
patiently through those eight years they constantly murmured and
wanted to go back to Jerusalem.

Last of all is DILIGENCE. Nephi knew how to work hard and keep trying.
It took him 3 tries to obtain the plates, and while I'm sure he got
disappointed after failing twice, he never gave up and eventually was
able to obtain them. When Nephi's bow broke his entire family, even
his father, began to murmur. However, Nephi went straight to work and
built himself a new bow. When asked to build a boat he doesn't
complain or tell the Lord he's never built a boat before. He simply
asks where he can find ore to build tools.

So yeah, those are the three attributes I came up with. There are
obviously a ton more but those are the three I decided to focus on
this week.

I am absolutely loving my time here in Staunton and I know that this
is where God wants me right now. I appreciate everyone's love and
support and I hope you guys stay safe while you're enjoying summer!!
Love ya!

1. Last Picture with Elder Tanner
2. A short tour of Churchville, a little town in our area
3. A sign we totally ignored
4. We should've listened

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