This was a good week.
It started off good with exchanges with the district leader, I went to his area with his companion Elder Oliveros, and it was a good successful day with some really spiritual lessons. The only bad thing is that we lost their cell phone....We had a Zone Conference that morning before the Exchanges, and we went the bathroom before we left, and ended up leaving the phone on the counter...( he was busy, so he handed it to me to answer it, and I put it on the counter after I hung up to use the bathroom as well, but neither of us picked it back up....and no one has found it....) So it has been hard for the district leader to make the phone calls. I now have the function of the back-up district leader, as I am making the calls now to the other missionaries in the district and reporting to the Zone Leaders :)
This week we have had a lot of success finding new investigators... 12 new investigators this past week :) We are having success by knocking a door, contacting the person at their door, teaching a lesson and inviting them to baptism, all on the doorstep. The majority have said yes, they would like to, so we put another appointment with them and leave them a pamphlet and end with a prayer. It was been really successful this week.
Helaman, the 9 year old son of a less active family we are teaching is going great, he came to church on Sunday with the whole family and is learning quickly. It is good for the family to hear all the lessons again, they really are all learning together. It is a little more fun to teach kids because we have to be more creative in coming up with activities and object lessons to hold his attention and help him understand, and it is good to just teach everything super simple
We are going to have a wad activity this week planned by the Missionaries to teach the members how they can help us fellowship the investigators we are teaching. What it means to fellowship, how to do it, and how they can help us by, one, giving rides, two, greeting them in sacrament meeting, and three, sitting with the investigators or inviting the investigators to sit with them. We are basically going to 'train' them on how to be fellow shippers :)
We have also been able to visit a few of the members that live in the area and invite them personally and to just get to know them better too, and I have really enjoyed it and feel much more comfortable working with them :)
This might be Elder Martinez's last week here in the area! He has been here a while, so we will see on Sunday what happens with Transfers!
Well thanks for everything and have a great week!
Love you all!
Elder Hayden Redford