This week was pretty darn interesting J and I have a decent amount of good news to share – and that is always good!
Hopefully, the email servers stop acting up and will actually work this week - unlike the last couple of weeks L. Anyways, I hope you all had as wonderful of a week as did Elder Lee and I did.
Remember the goals Elder Lee and I set last week? Here is how we did...drumroll......
Goal #1: Hand out 30 copies of the Book of Mormon
· We handed out 37
Goal #2: Have 40 Quality Gospel Conversation (QGC)
· We had 33 QGCs
Goal #3: Find 4 new investigators
· We found 4
Goal #4: Set 1 baptismal date
· We didn’t get anyone to set a date
Goal #5: Have 4 investigators come to church
· We had had 4 investigators attend church this week
As you can tell, we had a wonderful week with some cool stories to add.
Monday we got to email home, which is always my favorite! It was wonderful, but sadly we didn’t get to talk much because of the stupid email server. I am not sure what they are going to do about it, but hopefully it will work better this week.
Tuesday: We went out to the food bank for two hours of service. After the food bank, we went out with Bro. Collingwood to visit people and check out addresses until 5 o clock. Just like in Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk about the ‘Fourth Floor, Last Door,’ after visiting over 50 addresses on Bro. Collingwood’s list, the final door we knocked on that evening we found a guy named T___. His dad is also named T___, making him T___ Jr. We were looking for his dad, who is a less active church member, but T___ Jr. was there. It turns our T___ Jr. is searching for a church. He has read the Book of Mormon and wants to be baptized. It’s a pretty cool story of how persistence and faith pay off. After that we had dinner and studies.
|Crazy Crime here! One out of 4 is near our neighborhood! :O|
Wednesday: We had district meeting that went really long. So, we went out with Grandpa (Bro. Collingwood) from 2:00 until 7:00 visiting people again. While visiting people we entered some private property. Following Bro. Collingwood’s lead we started talking to this lady who was really standoffish. She said her husband wasn’t home. It turns out she answered the door with a pistol - safety of, finger on the trigger and ready to shoot. It was pretty scary, but we smoothed things over and headed to the next house. That afternoon, we handed out several copies of the Book of Mormon and found a former investigator, who we are going to start teaching again. So, it was super good productive day. Later that night we ate dinner and went for a run. During our 3 mile run we managed to hand out four more copies of the Book Of Mormon. Yay!
Thursday was another interesting day. We didn’t work at the foodbank, which gave Elder Lee time to work on his talk for today. After that we went to 3 points with Grandpa visiting some more people. We went up to this one particular door and this lady came storming out super ticked off trying to sick her dogs on us, but she tripped watching us run away. She had 3 massive pitbulls. But because she tripped we got to the truck before she got to the gate and let the dogs out. It was super close, but exhilarating none the less. After visiting more people we headed to Sells to teach our Book of Mormon class - then drove home for the night.
Friday was our planning day. We planned for most of the day. Somehow, we still managed to give out several Books of Mormons, even though it was our planning day. So, Friday was good day.
Saturday was a wonderful day and a testimony builder to say the least. The weather was really coooooold and it rained pretty hard. Man, I loved being able to see my breath again! We were driving home from wherever we were - probably finding. As we were driving home Elder Lee spotted one of the Books of Mormon we handed out in a wash (a ditch for run off). The rain was pouring out of the sky so we pulled over and Elder Lee went to get it. To our surprise, even being in a flooded ditch laying in the rain, the book was in pristine condition! The cover was a little wet, but there’s no way that book should not have been totally destroyed - yet it was perfect! Amazing right?
Sunday was just a cool day in general. For the first time in my nearly 6 months in Midvale, we went to church for all three hours in the Midvale Ward and did not drive to Sells. It was awesome! I met a fellow named Mauri Kingi. He is a member who is a snowbird from South Dakota. (snowbird is a nickname for people from northern states who spend in the winter in Arizona). He is part Native American and part Mauri (New Zealand). He is from the Pine Ridge Tribe. He says he spends a lot of time in Rosebud, ND where my Mom spent parts of two summers as a student nurse working at the hospital on the reservation. I told him about how my Mom had worked there and asked him he knew one of my Mom’s friends that she meet when she was there. He said actually knew my Mom’s friend very well. Being part Mauri, I asked him if he knew the Tika Tonu Haka, (the Haka I learned and performed for Elder Ikimau when he went home). He said “No way, Absolutely!?! Bro, that’s my haka!” So, I felt bonded to him for some reason. He is a super nice guy! That was pretty much it for Sunday, other than blessing K___’s house.
Anyways, I obviously had a very interesting and busy busy week and we hit most of our goals!!!! Yippy.
I love you all and cannot wait to hear from you!
🌵🌴Elder Connor William Dickinson🌵🌴