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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Josh's Weekly E-mail from November 12, 2013

Well this week was fun! Sorry I didn't email on Monday.  It was veterans day and all the libraries were closed!  I went on an exchange on tuesday with Elder B.  He's from north Carolina.  I went into his area while his new missionary went to ours with my comp.  It was a good exchange, yet it was frustrating at the same time.  Elder B has been out for 6 months and recently him and his companion have been having a hard time finding people to teach in their area.  We tried to contact some potentials throughout the day with no luck and then we went finding.  We knocked on some doors and I saw this guy who pulled up in his car across the street.  I smiled and waved at him and he did the same back!  Most people don't haha but I had a prompting to go and talk to him, but we were already knocking on another door!  Dang it!  We knocked on a couple more houses then turned around and I had the prompting to knock on the door of the house the guy went into.  We did so and this lady named Julie answered.  We told her about the Book of Mormon and Restoration and she told us that she had some mormon friends and that she had always been curious about what they believed, but she had been to afraid to ask!  We set up an appointment with her for the next tuesday and committed her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  Miracle!  
 We were supposed to go on an exchange with the zone leaders on Friday, but they cancelled because one of them got sick.  They also had zone training meeting that they had to do as well.  It was a good meeting.  We talked about how to receive revelation for our areas and about the faith cycle.  The cool thing about it was that I had a personal study the day before where I learne for myself what they were teaching through revelation.  It was awesome!  I am really starting to understand how the spirit works and how to follow it in every aspect of the work.  I've been praying to know how to do that and my prayers are being answered everyday.  I'm learning everyday and becoming a better person and missionary everyday.  That Friday night, we ran into this big black guy outside of a house by a referral we were trying to contact.  He knew who we were and everything, but he kind of started trying to bible bash in a non-contentious manner.  We were pretty sure this dude was a preacher from the way he talked and how well he knew about the bible.  The weird thing about the whole situation was that the spirit was there.  Usually when someone wants to bash, the spirit isn't there, but it was!  It was pretty cool.  We talked about bishops and Elders and the Book of Mormon and what not.  We were able to answer all his questions and he wasn't trying to tell us what we beleive like those guys from the masters college.  Those guys aren't good news haha.  Anyways, he was from out of town helping someone move.  He was with another black dude named James.  He didnt say anything the whole conversation.  Michael was the black preacher guys name.  It was a fun conversation.  
Saturday we helped our member neighbor across the street move in the morning.  That was the first service activity that I have done on my mission so far.  We are always looking for service, but we can't ever find any.  We see people moving or working in their yards a lot and we always ask if we can help, but people always tell us no.  All well.  We're tryin.  After service on Saturday, we tried to visit some refferals who weren't home.  We ended up talking to this latino guy next to one of them.  He was from Maddera California and he told us that he wanted to follow God because he had seen his hand so much in his life.  His wife was recently cured of cancer.  We told him about the Restoration and the Book of mormon and he committed to read and pray about it and he accepted the invitation to have missionaries teach him when he got home.  We got his address and texted in the refferal.  That guy is going to get baptized.  We felt so good about him.  His name was Charles.  We then started driving to go see another potential, but my companion got a prompting to turn onto a street that we had never been on before.  We stopped the car, prayed, got out and started walking.  We ended up following the spirit to a circle where we were greeted by this mexican gangster guy doin his mexican gangster wave at us.  It was funny and awesome.  We went up to him and he said he thought we were the Jehovahs Witnesses that he studies with every monday.  We explained that we were missionaries and we talked about Christ and the book of Mormon.  His name was Berny and he told us that he had been trying to "strighten up."  He We gave him a Book of Mormon and committed him to read and pray about it.  He also accepted the invitation to be taught be the missionaries in Santa Anna as he was from out of town as well.  It was cool.  Berny is gangsta.  This whole day was filled with spiritual promptings and we both came out of it having learned so much!  The more you follow the promptings of the spirit, the more the Lord trusts you.
 Sunday was amazing too!  We got muffins in Ward Council because it was Bishop Hansen's last sunday as bishop.  The Palomino's showed up for sacrament meeting as well as Selvin!  We got a new bishop. Bishop Day.  He is great!  I taught him and his family with one of their nonmember friends last week with the koreans.  He is going to be a great bishop!  I can't wait to work with him!  The Palomino's left after the 2nd hour, but Selvin introduced himself in priesthood by saying, "I'm Selvin and I'm hoping to be baptized to this church.  I've read the whole Book of Mormon and I've prayed about it and I know it's true."  AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Where did this kid come from!!! Miracles all day ery'day!  His parents are going to allow him to be taught and he told us that his mom is going to come to Sacrament meeting next week! Unfortunately, we can't start teaching them until next week because they're busy.  We are going to teach his whole family!  It'll be amazing! 
Yesterday we received info that Elder Jeong is being emergency transferred to Encino.  Elder Jeong is awesome!  I went on an exchange with him a couple of weeks ago and I'm sad that he's leaving.  He wanted to go on an exchange with Elder Ehninger before he left because he hadn't had the chance to yet so we did a mini exchange yesterday at 7:00.  Elder Sung came into our area with me and my comp went to Elder Jeongs area.  Elder Sung is from Herriman and has been out for a year and a half.  I'm going on another exchange with him wednesday.  He's great.  We exchanged back this morning at district meeting.
Anyways, this week was great!  It's going to get crazy in these next couple of weeks though because we have to do 3 exchanges a week for the rest of the transfer.  It'll be fun.  I like exchanges.  It's my companions birthday this Thursday so that's going to be awesome too! 
I love you all and I hope to keep hearing from you!! You're the best!
Elder Nelson

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