So Monday evening, we taught Christopher the Law of Chastity (we were scheduled to teach it sooner, but it just didn’t work out). We started out by reviewing The Family: A Proclamation to the World and went through the Law of Chastity pamphlet, which underlines a lot of what the Law of Chastity consists of and why it was important. What was really cool was that when we were asking for understanding to see what he understood about the Law of Chastity, he said that he believes it is more than just sexual purity, but purity altogether in word, deed, and action, which includes clean language and things like that. And he asked what would be appropriate in a work situation where he is surrounded by people with unclean language. We did not expect this at all and it really shows just how prepared for the Gospel he is because he already believes and knows about this. We didn’t teach him about that at all, he already knew – or rather the Spirit brought to him his remembrance of things he knew long before coming to this world. It was really cool to see. And what was funny was that the following Sunday in Gospel Principles, guess what the lesson was on? The Law of Chastity. Haha! Seems like we keep talking about this law a lot lately, haha!
Wednesday was zone conference… which if I’m to be completely honest, I felt was the longest zone conference I have ever been a part of. I don’t know, it was just that they focused way too much on things that I just felt were common sense. All of President Nattress’s training was cool. He talked about “Lock Your Heart…” A LOT, which was kind of funny. Again, I still think the mixed signals of “lock your heart” and “think now about finding your eternal companion” are a little odd. But whateves. The part I felt just went way too long was when the assistants were going over “The Image of a Missionary” and just basic things about missionary conduct and things like that… I don’t know, a lot of those missionaries were just making really ridiculous comments on the whole thing. Come on, people! It’s common sense! Just think, “If I saw a missionary do this back at home, what would I think of the missionaries?” and you will probably be fine. I don’t know, they just spent way too much time on that one point and I had a really hard time paying attention.
I’m hoping the next zone conference will go a lot better… it’s weird though because at the end of that day, it literally just occurred to me that I only have one more zone conference in my mission… that’s weeeeeeird.
Thursday, we went on exchanges. I left the area to be with Elder Spencer and Elder Schroder went with Elder Grayson. It was quite the packed day. We taught the Plan of Salvation twice that day – once with an investigator and another with a recent-convert. Both lessons went really cool. The investigator they have is kind of on a time crunch because she is only in town for a few weeks and then will move back to Georgia, so the plan is to teach all the lessons really quick and then Baptize her on Tuesday, the day before she leaves (it’s a really long story regarding the situation, but basically she’s been wanting to get Baptized for YEARS and because of parental issues and other issues, it just hasn’t been able to happen).
Friday, we stopped by Brian again and managed to catch him at home. We talked and asked if he had a chance to go through The Family: A Proclamation to the World. And he talked about how he did and he read it with his 17-year old granddaughter who is living with them and she didn’t like it very much, haha. But we talked a lot about the fulfilling of prophecy of “good being called evil and evil good” and signs of the times and things like that… and then it got a little political, which kind of figures, haha. He asked us about how since the church really teaches about being prepared for disasters – such as having food storage, he asked if we had a stance on owning weapons. And that was an interesting conversation, but we tied it back to the Book of Mormon and how while the church doesn’t have an official stance saying we should or we shouldn’t own them, the story of Captain Moroni from the Book of Mormon encourages us to stand for what’s right and protect those freedoms and our families and our religion and things like that. He thought it was rather interesting and what was way cool was that we offered him a Book of Mormon and he said, “Wait, you have one?” And we said, “Yeah, would you like one?” And he said, “Well, sure, yeah, thank you so much!” and was really excited about it and anxious to read it. We talked about Moroni’s promise at the end of the Book of Mormon and challenged him to read and pray about it and said we would meet up with him later to follow-up and he agreed. He seemed really excited about having it – he really wasn’t expecting us to just give it to him. That was just super cool to see! It’s rare when you see real, genuine interest out of people and that was just a really cool moment.
Sunday right after church, we taught Christopher the Word of Wisdom and as can be expected, there were not issues regarding living that law, so that’s good. Beyond that, we went to Bishop’s home in the Santa Rita ward since his son recently returned from his mission last week and talked a lot about missionary work. The son is really pumped and ready to continue with the missionary work, which was great to see!
Anyway, that’s pretty the major things that happened this week! Hope you all have a great week!
Love, Elder Foxx
Elder Grayson and Elder Foxx