We had an amazing lesson last night with Sam. He is so close. He is a very logical thinker and is stuck on the idea that he doesn't know "everything" so he can't be baptized, yet. We decided to drop to the basics and ask him the Baptismal Interview questions. If he was to go through that process right now, he would sooo pass (not that there is any real way you could fail). We explained this to him. He can't quite see that the reason that, at this point, he is the happiest he's been in his life entire life is BECAUSE of the gospel. He said he loved going to church each week, feels relaxed and calm when he's reading the scriptures and he even feels relaxed and at peace when he's over at the Hull's home where we teach each week-- and they have 7 kids under the age of 16! Not the most quiet/calm/peaceful place that you would expect. Brother Hull testified to him that it was because of the spirit that comes with being a member of the church. Sam asked how the Holy Ghost can testify to him of the truthfulness of the gospel when he hasn't yet received the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was amazing how quickly my scriptures opened up to Moroni 7:16, "For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." Every person here on the earth today is given a part of the Spirit of Christ. Else, how could they recognize his true church. But emphasizing that last phrase, that we "may know with a PERFECT KNOWLEDGE it is of God." God had given him the opportunity to KNOW, not just act on faith, that these things are true. Not guess or just rely on faith but actually logically KNOW. We can KNOW the things God has in store for us. The spirit was so strong as we invited him again to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority of God. Everyone in the room, even the 7 little kids, were silent as we watched the spirit work on Sam. He finally broke the silence by saying he would love to say yes but not knowing everything and his logical mind says not yet. He wants to but he's still figuring things out. The scripture in 1 Nephi 3:7 was brought up by someone, don't remember who, that if God wants us to do something he WILL prepare a way that is would be done. He's praying about December 6th as his date right now so he's hoping! He's so close..
Anyways, the rest of my week leading up to the lesson wasn't that intense..
Monday we went up to Idaho City with Sister Broberg and Metcalf and Sister Sharp from our ward. Just a super fun day but we got stuck in traffic on the way back down for 2 1/2 hours.. not so fun.
Tuesday I FINALLY beat VJ at chess! Wooooh! And the Lord tried to teach me patience.
Wednesday the Lord REALLY tried to teach me patience.
Thursday the Lord still was working on the patience with me..
Friday the Lord tried to teach me patience again.. I don't know if it worked or not.
Saturday and Sunday were good. Just a lot of finding between the learning patience and everything. (I was really sick so it was hard to do nothing when there's not much longer left for me to be out here. Patience was something I was meant to learn this week) We did manage to find 2 solid new investigators, Jared and Jon, so that's always a blessing.
It's been a pretty chill week- for once. This next week is a completely different story. We have pretty much back to back appointments every day except on Thursday and Saturday. It's going to be a really good week :)
Love you all and happy Thanksgiving!
1. Do you want to build a snow man:)
2. Troubling times
3-5. Fun with Icicles
6. IC Catholic Church
7. Sasparilla Ice Cream Parlor
8. Sister B with a REALLY big Icicle
9. 4 of 7 Hulls
10. Sam in our lesson.. jk he sleeps all day so Sundays are rough for him and he sleeps all the way from after church clear up until dinner.
(i love my job)