So this week was a little long… Summer is here and it is here to stay. And really not a whole lot of teaching opportunities happened. Either people cancelled or people just weren’t home and nobody was outside… so it was a little discouraging. Nonetheless, there were still some cool things that happened.
Wednesday at 4:00 PM, we had a lesson with Leslie, his sister, two little brothers, and their godmother who came to visit for a few days. We had the lesson at the church building and it went pretty well. We began just by trying to establish expectations and getting to know them and their background a little better. And something that was pretty key with the family – especially the sister was the passing of their father who was LDS before passing away. The sister in particular talked about how it is hard not to just point the finger at God and ask, “Why?” and that she is trying to get over it and realize that there’s a reason. And so we explained how the Gospel is there to bless our families and to unite us and that through the Gospel and through ordinances done under the authority of the Priesthood that families can be united eternally beyond the grave.
We talk about how God is our Father in Heaven, how the Gospel blesses us, and how God shares the Gospel to us through his Prophets who are given Priesthood authority. We talked a lot about Priesthood authority and making sure they understood it, especially since Leslie now has the Priesthood and as such could Baptize his family if they so choose to be Baptized. We share with them the Book of Mormon and invite them to read its contents and pray to know if it is true. And then we left with the commitment, “When you receive an answer that things are true, will you follow the example of the Savior and be Baptized under that Priesthood authority?” And of course, the godmother says, “Well, I’ve already been Baptized…” and what was funny is then the sister said, “Yeah, I mean, I already have been Baptized too, but shoot, I wanna get Baptized again!” So that was pretty cool to hear. The sister is extremely receptive. Once we get Leslie to start bringing her to church with him, she will progress towards the Gospel extremely fast, I don’t doubt it.
It was interesting because halfway through the lesson, President Nattress shows up (he was running a little late), so that was pretty interesting to have the Mission President in on the lessons. Overall though, he seemed pretty silent during the whole lesson – kind of just listening in on the discussion, which was a little intimidating to us, not gonna lie. But he was just trying to just sit back and take the role of any other member we would invite to a lesson and just let us teach and not overstep his bounds or speak unless asked to speak, which was kind of interesting. Still, it’s pretty cool because when I asked President a question about how the Priesthood has blessed his life, he brought up how because Jesus Christ layed his hands on his apostles, and those apostles layed their hands on Joseph Smith, and he layed his hands on others, and etc. that Leslie – through receiving that same Priesthood has a direct line of authority to Jesus Christ. So it was as if the Savior himself were Baptizing you. And they all – including the godmother – thought that was really cool. It was cool because at the end of the lesson when we were all leaving, the godmother even said, “I’m so glad I was here, I really needed to hear this.” And those are just the perfect words for missionaries to hear. In the midst of the hard times and the long, hot days where it feels that nothing is going anywhere, those are the words that make it all worth it and remind us of why we are here.
With all that said, we just got transfer calls last night… and (Surprise!) I’m getting transferred! No idea where I am going as usual, so that’ll be interesting to see. I don’t have much longer left, so as weird as it is to think, this next area could potentially be my final area of the mission. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. Anyway, it’s been fun down here while it’s lasted. And it’s been cool. I’ve really been able to see a lot of things grow and change while being here. Lot of miracles have happened, which is sweet!
Anyway, hope all of you had a great week! And Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! God Bless!
Love, Elder Foxx