Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Barev zez!

Yo!  Alright so this week has been a pretty crazy as far as helping out missionaries throughout the zones go.  It's been taking some time away from the work, but whenever we have been able to work in our own area, we've seen a ton of miracles.  We've really been working on listening with love and being bold with people in our conversations and our teaching and its been awesome!  We've had some of the best conversations with people this week of my whole mission, even though only a few yielded visible results.  It's been awesome. 
So to start off we had an exchange with the Sylmar Elders on Tuesday.  I took the DL's companion to my area.  The exchange was alright.  The thing about it was we had to take some missionaries to the doctors and we were there for about 2 hours, so we didn't get to work as much as we would've liked, but it was good to able to help them out.  We taught a really good lesson that night to Michael and Angela who are recent converts.  Wednesday was just one of those days where everyone rejects you.  We had some really good conversations with people that were spiritual, but everyone rejected us, some hardcore, others not as much, but, the whole week kind of felt like that.  It was a good week though nonetheless.  We ran into a basher who just opened the door looked at us and just started laughing.  he then asked us, "do you even know who Joseph Smith is?"  he then went off on a whole bunch of anti-Mormon stuff about Joseph Smith.  We had a couple of those this week, but it was all good.  Every time we get that, I just gain a stronger testimony of what real truth is.  I'm really starting to understand the concept of light and truth and how more truth leads to more light and so forth, like in President Uchtdorfs talk in General conference.  That night we had dinner with the Sanchez family and invited them to Stake Conference.  They said they would pray about it and talk about it.  Nomi, their nine year old told us that she had been reading the book of Mormon and that she's been looking up a lot of the words in it in the dictionary.  She is so awesome and so smart.  Hopefully we can strengthen them enough to start coming to church.  Nomi would just eat it up.  The wife of the Sanchez family is more apprehensive about going to church than the husband.  The husband is more like a go with the flow kind of guy while the wife is more controlling and likes structure.  Their awesome though.  Bishop is going to go over there this week and introduce himself and sit down with them to talk.  Should be good.  Thursday was a long day.  We had weekly planning and we ended up driving up to Santa Clarita to grab the old Burbank 2nd sisters apartment keys to get there area book for The B2 elders.  The sisters area closed down so those elders cover the whole ward now.   The rest of the night we knocked and we also taught the Wilsons.  They are doing well, but are still resisting coming to church for some reason.    They are reading the scriptures now though which is good.  Friday we went on exchanges with the Burbank 1st Elders and I went with the DL in that area.  Elder Kosmicki.  He's been out for 6 months and is a good missionary and really confident in what he's doing.  It was a good exchange.  That morning elder Smith and I taught a lesson with bishop to a former investigator named Elizabeth.  She is awesome.  it was an amazing lesson and she was crying at the end of it.  She felt the spirit and accepted all of it and committed to be baptized.  She wants to go to a baptism though before we put her on a date.  She is great.  Saturday we did service for a member.  We helped him lay sod on his lawn.  After we knocked and then went to the Saturday Session of Stake Conference with Elder Sitate of the Seventy and Elder Sabin of the San Diego Area Presidency.  It was awesome!  On Sunday our Stake Presidency got reorganized and Our ward mission leader got called as the second counselor!  So we don't have a ward mission leader anymore.  He was the best ward mission leader I've ever had on the mission.  It was sad but he'll do amazing in the stake presidency.  The group that was called are powerhouse together.  The rest of the day, we knocked and went and helped out some missionaries with companionship sturggles.  it was a good week and I learned so much!  I love you all and I'm praying for you!
Elder Nelson 

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