Week 47; September 29, 2014: In Rain or Shine!

On Tuesday, we met with a family that was recently re-activated (right before I got into the area) and we are re-teaching them some of the lessons. How they got re-activated is pretty interesting because both parents were very inactive even when they got married. And what got them active was their 9-year old son who wanted to get baptized. So Elder McGonigal and his last companion taught him the lessons, he got baptized, and the rest of the family has become active again. And they are now taking Temple Prep class and working towards getting sealed at the temple. So that’s really cool. We just briefly went over the Word of Wisdom and the blessings that come from living the Word of Wisdom.

Also, “K” (the investigator that wants to baptized in January) wants to have regular meetings with us twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at about 2PM, which is really good. So we met with her on Tuesday and read a chapter from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 31), which is the only chapter of the Book of Mormon she read and understood. Because beforehand, she hated the Book of Mormon because she didn’t understand it. Because missionaries in the past would just tell her to start from the beginning and move upward and the story of Lehi and Nephi confused her. So we chose a chapter way further in (she’s only read the first 50 pages of the Book of Mormon before, never any farther) and a chapter that focuses on pure doctrine that she needs to know about. So that went really well.

She and her husband also had this toy for their kids that we played around with for a little bit that was really cool. It’s a flying toy helicopter thing… but the controller was the iPhone. And the controls were surprisingly smooth. They were smoother than most remote control helicopters I’ve seen. It was pretty sweet, not gonna lie!

Friday, we met with a former investigator. She had been meeting with the missionaries off and on for a couple years and from what we’ve read on the Teaching Record, it sounds like the main reason she was a former was because the missionaries could never stop by when she was home, and so not a whole lot happened. She’s been taught the Restoration and a little bit of the Plan of Salvation. So we stop by and introduce ourselves and she lets us in. All her kids were running out putting on Halloween decorations and getting ready for all of that. She seems pretty receptive and is willing to take the lessons again, but she is going to have family over and says it would be better to meet in a couple weeks (beginning of October pretty much)… that seems to be a bit of a common theme with people I come across… eh, anyway. Hopefully things will go well with that. She went to the Gilbert Temple Open-house and I told her about the Phoenix open-house and she wanted to go to that and wrote down the address on a sticky note to put on her fridge and everything. So things seem promising.

Saturday, we met with the “C” family to see how they are doing and they are doing well. They haven’t had any issues with Word of Wisdom at all this past week, which is good. And nobody was sick or any random situation like that, so all five of them were able to make it to church on Sunday. Stayed all three hours and really enjoyed it and felt really welcomed. Sister “C” also went with one of the members to the Women’s Conference (since the power went off in the stake center, they watched it at the member’s TV in their home), so that was good. They are still on track for October 11th, so as long as things continue to go smoothly, they should be golden. We’re probably going to go over there to watch the Saturday morning session of General Conference with them this Saturday so that’ll be cool.

“K” (the investigator who wants to be baptized in January) was ill so she didn’t attend church Sunday, so we and Brother Flake (Ward Mission Leader) went over to her place after church with the intent of giving her a blessing. Brother Flake talked with her for quite a bit about the baptism and everything and talked openly and boldly to her about how any doubts that would be put into her mind aren’t of God, but are of the adversary. With her making the decision to being baptized, who doesn’t want that to happen? Satan. So how hard is he going to work on her? And so we talked about how she can very much be ready to be baptized despite whatever circumstances surround her situation and gave her a blessing. And we managed to get her to bump up her baptismal date to November. It’s on November 11th, which is kind of random considering it’s on Tuesday, but that’s the one she wants to go for. But it would be really cool if she could get baptized before Phoenix temple gets dedicated so she could then go to watch the dedication broadcasted.

There is another family, who are a part-member family (the dad is a member, the mom is not) and they came to church the Sunday before I got in and the Bishop approached her and asked if she would like to take the missionary discussions and she said yes. So we kept trying to get a hold of them and we weren’t able to until a few weeks ago. Then when we did meet with them, they said they would be out of town the next couple of weeks (so until the beginning of October), so we weren’t able to teach them anything yet. But they should be back in town this week, so we’ll try to get a hold of them and hopefully that can be another family we can teach.

Things are going really well here! Oh, and of course it rained a lot Saturday night. And our house flooded a little bit again. This time we found out the water isn’t going through under the door because the area over by the door was completely dry, but the carpet on the left was all wet. So I guess what’s happening is that it is leaking underneath the house somehow and getting there. Soooo that’s another mess to have to clean up. And this time when it rained, we were actually out biking in it, so that was a little tough. I was getting worried that all my stuff in my bag would get soaked, but most of my stuff was relatively dry (a little damp, but nothing got damaged)

Sunset Clouds

Hope you guys have a great week!

Love, Elder Foxx

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