Week 58; December 15, 2014: Great Visits!

So on Monday evening, we had dinner over at a part-member family’s home. It is a single mother and she has two kids (16-year old son and 14-year old girl) who are not baptized because their father is very against the church and will not let them get baptized. But we went over and shared “He Is The Gift” and how we can share the gift with others. The kids are rock-solid. They are just like any other kids their age that are members of the church in regards to their testimony and knowledge of the Gospel (actually, it is probably a little more so than most of the members their age), they just aren’t Baptized. But what was really cool was that when the ward split happened and a few members from Seville got put to Seville Groves, both Bishop Conway (Seville) and Bishop Hunsaker (Seville Groves) stopped by and did kind of a “transitioning visit” a few weeks ago. And Bishop Conway is an awesome Bishop, he is very much inspired and just has the spirit around him all the time. And he told the 16-year old that he had the impression that his dad’s heart has been softened and that his dad might allow him to get baptized at the age of 17 instead of 18. The 16-year old sees his dad this weekend, so he plans on asking him. Hopefully all will go for the best.

Tuesday evening, we had dinner over at Kerry Kenney. Her mother was spending a few days over so she was there (she is a highly practicing Roman Catholic). So we had dinner and at the end shared, “He Is The Gift.” This was the first time we ever shared a message where Kerry’s husband sat in on, so that was really good.

We were also able to finally meet with Kim Cruz (an investigator that we have not been able to get a hold of at all). We just stopped by randomly and she was home and asked when we could come by and continue teaching. She said she doesn’t know for sure, but that halfway through next week (meaning later this week) would work and then we talked about how as missionaries and at the Christmas season, we are going around sharing a Christmas message and asked if we could come by and share a Christmas message with the whole family. She’s totally open to it, but her husband works late hours is usually only available on weekends. So we don’t have an exact date set up, but we’re going to text/call/follow-up to get a specific date. Hopefully all goes well there.

We also were finally able to meet with the Reader’s (part-member family) and asked when we could stop by and continue with the lessons. They said it would probably have to wait until the first week of January. But then we asked if there was a time we could come by and share a brief Christmas message with the whole family and we got an appointment scheduled for tomorrow evening. So that’s really cool.

We also just started teaching a family of five in the Seville Park ward. This family has been worked on for a long, long time and they have been investigating and attending church on their own for the longest time. And finally, they decided to take the discussions with the Missionaries. So we went over there and taught the Restoration and committed them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. The wife already read and prayed about the Book of Mormon… aaaaand already knows that it is true…… wait, what? Yeah. She already knows the church is true, she’s just waiting for the rest of the family to find out it’s true and then get Baptized as a family. Sooo she already bore her testimony about finding out the Book is true…….. dang. The dad is the big stumper in the thing, I think. I’m not entirely sure what the big concern is. He talked about prophets and had a problem with how do they have authority and so we explained it and he seemed to have got it. But then he just talked about “Well, I don’t know how I would even know if Joseph was a true prophet or if these things really are true.” …And he didn’t read the Book of Mormon and did not pray for it. So that made for an easy commitment. It was really interesting, but hey, I’m cool with that! So the lesson went pretty well. I have no doubt that they’ll get Baptized soon. The mother is already ready and the kids are just about there… so yeah, that’s pretty cool.

On Friday, we had Elder Packer from the Seventy (the son of President Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) and his wife come and speak to the Mission. It was an interesting talk because it didn’t seem like it had a specific directive, it kind of went off into the bushes a little bit. The only theme I could really say I was able to point out was following the spirit, and qualifying for the spirit, teaching by the spirit, etc. Overall, just on following the spirit. But it was kind of funny because he went on this 10-minute tangent talking to us about marriage and making sure that we marry someone who is worthy to go to the Temple and that we are worthy for that person we marry and how that is the next important thing to be focusing on in life. And he talked to us about attaining the spirit after the mission into the rest of our life and making sure we are staying worthy and that we stay active and all that stuff. This is the third time in my mission that a general authority came and spoke to us and all three of them have all essentially said at one point in their talk, “Don’t go less-active.” Kind of scary because it means it’s a big problem for Return-Missionaries.

But things are going well. It’s been a good week. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next Thursday… that’s pretty crazy. And then two weeks after that is Transfers… man, this transfer has just flown by, it’s crazy. Anyway, hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love,
Elder Foxx
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