Staying in Buhl for another 6 weeks! Being joined here by Elder Moser.
Things were a lot of fun this week. Wednesday our District fasted for new investigators. Now here is the cool part: Elder Bunker and I found 5 that day!!
We had a lesson planned with the Nelsons and then they said they were going to Johanna's for dinner and we could come so we did and ended up teaching about the Spirit World and stuff about Christ! It was awesome and finally got to go there and do that. (Johanna, Sally, and Bailey were 3 of the 5).
We found one guy on the street and he is open and lives with less-actives actually! Then the other one was a part member family with an unbaptized daughter and she agreed to take the lessons to prepare for baptism! She is 10 and it seems promising for her to progress to be baptized!
Friday and Saturday were service filled. Worked at the Hutchinson’s farm and dug corrogates... not fun hah. Hands got roughed up a bit and got my farmers tan now :) Then we helped out at Lori's Ceramics store with the Webb's! That was fun. Moving all the molds from the old store to the new one (they have thousands).
Some of our investigators got ahold of some Anti-Mormon stuff and now they aren't progressing... it is sad to see how converted they were and now they are faltering and doubting due to deceptions and lies that make us out to seem strange and incorrect. Also one of our investigators got nailed with just a huge trial in his life and he lost a lot of money that he desperately needed and he is blaming God now... It is tough to deal with these situations. But good things still are happening.
I gave a talk in church Sunday. I was supposed to give a 5 minute talk, but one of the speakers didn't show up, so Elder Bunker was asked to share some things too and he took a minute so I ended up taking 15. The Spirit definitely guided my words cause I talked about things I never intended on sharing but turned out good and got a lot of compliments on it! I talked about Alma 17 and how even righteous people have trials and how we are to endure them. The focus was Enduring through Christ, not by ourselves. I wasn't given a specific topic, but was told to follow inspiration and pick my own. Funny thing was, the closing hymn was Be Still, My Soul. How fitting if you read the words it goes right along with my talk. Also touched on Elder Holland’s talk about "we must experience a glimpse of Gethsemane in our own lives to truly understand Christ’s Atonement" also shared about Abraham being called upon to sacrifice his son. Abraham is the only man who has a glimpse of what Heavenly Father felt when He gave His only Begotten Son. Other than the fact that Abraham never had to sacrifice his son, was an act of faith. We will be tried in tested on our weakest point, and that is when we come to know Christ, IF we endure it with him. Abraham despised sacrificing and killing humans. It was his one huge weakness and he was tried in that. Again all these things I never even planned on talking about and that is how I know that the Spirit is real and that the Lord will give us the things we need in the moments we need them.
As I spoke on the Atonement and testified of it I felt the Spirit. I felt is so powerfully. Almost choked me up (that never ever happens. I WILL NOT CRY hah). It grew my own testimony of its truth. Even if no one gained anything from my talk, I felt the spirit and know that I gained something from testifying of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Love y'all and miss y'all.
-Elder Bean II
|Church basketball court|
|Jones Soda collection|
|Doing service with Elder Van Leeuwen|
|About 1/5th of all the ceramic molds we moved for the Webbs|
|With the Webbs|
|Bunker, Risley, Bean|