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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Letter from March 31, 2014

Hey Fam!  So this week was awesome!  We saw so many miracles!  Mainly on Wednesday.  We picked up 6 new investigators on Wednesday.  It was sweet! Anyways, on to my week.

So Tuesday we had a good day.  It started off with district meeting which was great.  The rest of the day was filled with visiting potential investigators and investigators.  We dropped by our alcoholic investigator Matthew to see how he was doing.  He was asleep.  We could hear him snoring behind the door.  We then kept going to potentials with no luck.  We had an appointment that night with Jane Choy who is confined to a rehab center.  We went through the Baptismal Interview questions with her and recommitted her to live the Word of Wisdom.  The only thing she had a problem with was a modern day prophet because she had never heard President Monson speak.  We're trying to get her a ride to general conference this weekend.  If we could work out transportation to church, she would be baptized already.  The problem is that she has an oversized wheelchair that apparently won't fit in a minivan.  She said she was ready to resort to paying for paratransit to get to church, but we'll figure something out for her.  She's paralyzed from the waist down and is a big lady, so her getting baptized will be interesting.  Nonetheless, it'll happen.

Wednesday.  The day of miracles!  We started the day off by doing service for this lady we met biking home for the night last saturday.  She was picking up weeds and trash on the side of the bike path we ride on.  We offered to help her do service around her house, and she accepted!  We did service for about an hour and a half and gave her a Book of Mormon and committed her to read it everyday.  She was super excited because she loved the scripture I used when we contacted her about keeping commandments.  Mosiah 2:41.  Its good.  We said a prayer with her and then went home for lunch.  Thats one new investigator.  After lunch, we went by referrals that we have and one let us in!  Their names are Sam and Laura.  They're very spiritual people but aren't necessarily Christian.  We taught them the Restoration, but at the end of the lesson they were asking all sort of questions about the Plan of Salvation.  We told them a little bit about it and set up a return appointment--2 more investigators.  We then had an appointment with Marrissa, our member ref feral from Lindsy's ward.  Bro. Maeza from lindsy's ward came with us.  Nothing really seemed to hit Marissa too hard, but is was good nonetheless--another new investigator.  We then went to dinner with a member and hit up one more potential for the night at 8:00.  They let us in!  Their names are Tony and Jovana!  Jovana was super skeptical of us at first, but her heart changed by the end of the lesson.  She straight up told us that she was wrong and that she wanted to come to church!  It was sick!  2 more investigators!  6 in a day.  It was amazing.

Thursday.  Weekly planning.  We hit up potentials all day to with no luck.  We had a dinner with a young less active couple that night too.  We met them on the street and they're super cool.  Their names are Steve and Savanna D'alo.  It was great until we asked if we could share a message after dinner.  Steve, a return missionary from Montreal Canada told us that they've decided to stop coming to church for personal reasons and that we can't make the a "project."  He told us to share a "generic message."  I was going to share the Restoration because thats as generic as you can get right?  My comp went off on something else though, and we basically just bore testimony to them.  It was good though.

Friday.  We had a lesson with Penney this morning and it was amazing!  She told us that she had been reading and said that it brought back memories of her past life.  She's been on the streets since 15 and is separated from her husband.  She read through the restoration pamphlet and loved it.  She then just started telling us about her life.  She's gone through a lot.  We eventually taught the Restoration and committed her to be baptized on April 26th.  It was awesome!  We then went to interviews with President Hall at our church.  It was awesome!  I love that man!  He's a genius!

Saturday.  We stayed in most of the day because my companion got sick.  Stomach issues.  Not good.  We spent forever trying to get rides to church for our investigators, but they all cancelled!  Whatever, we did everything we can.

Sunday.  Nobody came to church sadly.  We did get one more investigator today.  She's nine and her name is Sierra.  She has the attention span of a 3 year old.  It was the hardest lesson to teach.  The family is less active but the daughters go to church sometimes with their dad.  It was crazy.  

Other than that, today has been fun so far.  We've worked most of the day because we're going to the temple on Friday so we're taking that as our preparation day.  We met this crazy Christian Indian family this morning knocking.  The mom told us she would take us to India so we could get married to some nice ladies.  It was fun.  They had an LDS picture of Christ in their house!  We're going over again later this week to teach them and eat some chicken curry with them.  Well I love you guys!

Elder Nelson

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