Monday, November 28, 2016

11/28 - 7 Member Presents and 7 New Investigators, LET'S GO!!!

It was a super awesome week this last week (I am talking like probably the best week that I have had on my mission).  Like the title of the email says, we were able to get 7 member present lessons this last week and we were able to get 7 new investigators on top of that.  It was super awesome.!

 We were able to meet with the American/Chinese/Hungarian family and that went really well.  They are really open what we have to say and really want to keep meeting with us more.  We also had this other lesson with another lady hat went absolutely amazing (after the lesson Elder Olsen turned to me and said that it was the coolest lesson he had ever been in on his entire mission).  A bit of background regarding this lady, about 2 weeks ago we tracted into her and were able to talk a little bit about her beliefs, etc.  We gave her a book and were able to get her number (I have made it a rule that if we give someone a book we also have to get their phone number because President Szabadkai does not want us giving out Books of Mormon just to give them out for the number).  We were able to get her number and set up another time to come back and teach her.  When we came back, she showed us her Book of Mormon and the thing was marked up to high heaven with tons of little sticky notes sticking out from a bunch of different pages.  We were flipping out as she told us that she had been studying from the index a ton and she absolutely loves it!  Throughout the lesson she kept filling in the pieces.  Like we would say, "when people reject the prophets and Christ takes his gospel from the earth", then she would finish the sentence with "then when the people are more humble, God restores his truth and calls another prophet to teach his people".  She kept saying that she was feeling this incredible feeling and when I shared the 1st vision with her she was shivering with goosebumps because she said it felt so good!  SOOOO amazing!  Then when we had her read Moroni 10:3-5, we noticed that she had already marked it up and that she had been looking for something like this her whole life and she just had not found it yet (literally straight out of Preach my Gospel!).  It went so well and we are meeting with her again tonight and are hoping to get her on a specific baptismal date!  Then we were also able to meet with another lady we’ve been meeting with regularly this last week and that went really great.  She is progressing well but did not come to church because she has been pretty darn sick lately.  That was a bummer especially because we will now have to move her baptismal date back a bit but are still hoping to get her baptized before Christmas!  It was super cool, in the lesson with her, I kind of had like a little aha moment with Hungarian.  I was saying stuff that I realized that I did not know I knew how to say and it was actually sounding Hungarian and not just a translation in my mind of English to Hungarian.  The language is coming along and the Lord is really helping me out a ton. 

My desire to share this gospel increases on the daily and I just want to share it with everyone.  I know that if I open my mouth, then the Lord will never let me fail and even though it can be hard and scary at times to preach to a bus stop of Hungarians, I know the Lord had my back and I know that even though the people don’t know it when I am talking to them, I know that this is the most important thing they will ever hear in their lives.  I love you all so much and will keep talking to everyone and working as hard as I can!  Keep being the best family in the world!
Gentry Elder

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