I am no longer in the Queen Creek Chandler Heights Stake. It’s a pretty weird feeling now. Monday and Tuesday was pretty much filled with a lot of goodbyes to members, recent-converts, and investigators. It’s weird leaving that area. I’ve been there for 5 transfers – which averages to about 7 and a half months. I’ve never stayed in an area that long and for being there that long, it really starts to feel like home. It’s super weird leaving.
I am now in San Tan Valley.with Elder Conover, who has been out for about nine months. He grew up in California all of his life until two years before his mission when he moved to Logan, Utah, so he just claims he’s from California. He’s a convert to the church of about two years.
We cover one ward – the Desert Hills ward in the San Tan Valley Stake. It’s kind of weird going from three wards to just one ward. Although it is a pretty good ward. We have quite a few people that are less-active in the ward and we have a lot of people we are teaching. We have about ten investigators we are working with right now, so we are keeping busy.
Last Friday, we had a lesson with an investigator named Leslie and we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was the third lesson we had with him and we did it at the church building. We asked how reading the Book of Mormon and praying has been going and he said it’s been good and that he’s felt he’s been slowly getting answers to his prayers. So we took one of the LG TV’s out of the library and plugged in a flashdrive to the TV and watched the Bible Video of Christ suffering in Gethsemane. And talked about how because Christ suffered for us, we can be cleansed from sin and from pain and suffering and that by living the principles of the Gospel, we can gain eternal happiness. We talked about Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. When describing Enduring to the End, I asked him to read the scripture Helaman 5:12: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation wheron if men build they cannot fall.” and I emphasized the promise given there that by living the Gospel of Christ that hard times are still gonna come, but that the promise is that they will come and we CANNOT fall. Not that we may not or probably won’t, but that we cannot fall. And that scripture hit him pretty hard. And so Elder Conover asked him if he would be Baptized and Leslie said he would and that through the lesson and through that scripture, it hit him hard that this church is true and that he needs to be baptized.
So that was a really awesome lesson! We haven’t picked a date yet but in the next lesson, we are extending a date and hopefully we can have a member present there with us. That’s been one of the struggles in this area it seems is getting members to help and fellowship. Which is weird, I’ve never really had that problem. It’s crucial to get members to come with us to help in the missionary work, especially with fellowshipping investigators. Elder Conover and I have talked about it and we’re going to try to work more with the members, because this area seems to be struggling a little bit with member support so hopefully we can boost it up.
But so far things are going well. It’s really weird being in a new area right now after being in my last one for so long, but things are going good. It’s a good area, there’s lots of work, so I’m pretty happy about that. Then Saturday and Sunday was General Conference and that of course was really good. All the talks were really good. They covered a lot of different topics such as families, pride, RM’s (not “retired mormon” lol), the atonement of Christ, etc. It was a really good conference. And Easter was really good. I hope that all of you had a chance to view the church’s new video “Because He Lives.” It is a really great video to remind us what Easter is all about and even now as Easter has past, it is always good to get that reminder of the importance of looking towards the Savior in our daily lives.
I hope you all had a great Easter and will have a great week this week!