So this week was pretty cool.
On Tuesday after District Meeting, we tracted a particular street in the Santa Rita neighborhood at around 4 in the afternoon. And we started knocking and of course, a lot of the doors were a no-answer considering that it is summer. And then we were about to walk across to the other side when Elder Grayson just kept feeling weird… he kept feeling like he didn’t want to knock on that side for some particular reason. It didn’t feel like the spirit prompting him though and he admitted that he felt like Satan was tempting him not to go down that road. So we choose to go down the road despite that temptation and knock on a few more doors.
Finally, this one guy answers and his name is Brian. We do the typical, “Hi, we’re the LDS missionaries sharing a message about Jesus Christ” schpeel and we asked him if he was of a particular faith. He replied, “Eh, not really, probably, uh, non-denominational christian. We were attending this one church over there, but you see, we don’t support the whole same-sex marriage thing and now that church changed their policy and currently does, so… we’re now on the search for a new church to go to.” Now what was really cool about this was that we were planning that very evening to teach the Law of Chastity to one of our investigators, so earlier that day we made copies of The Family: A Proclamation to the World. So we just so happened to have had it at the right time at the right place and explained to him that this is what the prophet and apostles have said concerning the matter and concerning the doctrine of the family. He really liked it, but said he was busy at the moment but said that we could come by again (preferably in evenings)
And it was then that we realized why Elder Grayson was tempted not to knock those doors. The adversary did not want us meeting Brian. We then knock just two doors down later and this guy comes out with long black hair, jeans, and a cigarette in hand. Again, we introduce ourselves and then he reveals himself to actually be a member of the church. He, too, had to leave soon, but asked if we stopped by another day. So it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.
Then the next day on Wednesday, we went on splits with a Priest in Desert Valley ward and knocked on some more doors for the most part. There were a lot of rejections and so forth and finally we knock on this one door. This guy named Doug answers and we introduce himself and asked if we could share a message of Jesus Christ or even offer a prayer for them right then and there and he said “now’s not a good time.” Then we asked if we could borrow some trash bags and clean up his front yard (which was full of these pods that fell from the trees and it was just littered EVERYWHERE). He was taken back by it and said, “You don’t have to do that.”, but we insisted and all three of us were out helping clean out the pods and throwing them in trash bags.
Then about 20 minutes later, his wife comes out on the phone with his aunt, who is a member of the church. After the phone call and during the service, we got to know her a little bit better. We found out she grew up in Salt Lake and moved to Arizona a while ago, so she has some family members that are LDS. She also said that they haven’t been attending any sort of church in a while now just because of how busy they’ve been, they just never got around to it. The church building that Desert Valley meets at is a brand new church building, so she was telling us how her aunt was calling and said she wants to come down and visit and attending that church with her when she comes down. So of course, I invite her and told her what time the ward met and said we’d love to see her there and she appreciated that invitation. A bunch of other questions came up as well, including why we don’t Baptize infants, what the Temple is all about, how missions work, etc. So we talked about quite a few stuff and told her that as missionaries, we teach these lessons about the Gospel of Christ and about what exactly it is that we believed and invited her if she would like us to come over. She said they’d be out of town the rest of the week until Wednesday the 15th, but would like to have us over.
Anyway, so those were probably the big highlights of the week. We got a couple solid potentials, so that’s always great. Oh, and yesterday after church we taught Christopher the Law of Tithing and the lesson went great. Said he’d live it, so that’s always a relief (lol)
But yeah, this has been a pretty good week. Hope that all of you have a great week!
Love, Elder Foxx