At our last Zone Conference, President Miller talked about finding "choice age" investigators which is anyone from age 9-28. He talked about how these are the converts who will grow up strong in the gospel, serve missions, and marry in the temple. This is so, so, so true. Almost all of the people who I have taught and baptized fall into that age range. This week we were able to find two awesome, new investigators who are in the "Choice Age"!!! The first investigator we found was Chris. We were tracting on Tuesday and we talked to a guy who said we could come back and teach him. We went back but he wasn't home. His downstairs neighbor answered the door and we asked him if he wanted to hear a message and he said yes! He told us that no one but him spoke English in his family, but he would listen to us. He told us his name was Chris and that he is 18 years old. He has only lived in the states for 2 years and is from the Dominican Republic. He said he grew up Catholic and hasn't gone to church since he moved to the US. I absolutely love teaching people my own age because it is easy to relate to them and the spirit is so, so strong. As we shared with him the restoration, Elder Phillipsen and I knew that he was feeling the spirit. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes! We will be seeing Chris on Wednesday and we are so grateful that the Lord blessed us with meeting him.
The second investigator we picked up this week is Jose. We were tracking again and we knocked on his door. When he opened the door, we told him that we were missionaries and that we were sharing a message about Jesus Christ. He said, "Dope, I'm Christian!" Yesterday we were able to go back and share the message of the restoration with him. He is 20 years old and from Bolivia. Again the spirit was so strong as we testified of Jesus Christ, the first vision, and the Book of Mormon. Jose agreed to be baptized too. His father is a Pentecostal Pastor but we really hope it will all work out. In both lessons with Chris and Jose, it was so easy to notice how 9-28 truly is the choice age. Those who are in that age frame are so much more willing to listen to our message and able to feel the spirit testify of its truthfulness. God truly blessed us this week and we are so grateful for His hand in the work.
Update on Estavan: Over a month ago, I told you all about the YSA less-active member who we were able to find and bring back to church. Ever since that first time back, Estavan has been on fire. He has been to church every single week and he is now deciding if he wants to serve a mission! When we first met Estavan, he was pretty down in the dumps but now he is reading his scriptures daily, praying multiple times a daily, has a new job, and is truly seeing the blessings of the Gospel. He came out with us the other day and he realized how awesome it is to be a missionary. He has always looked up to his missionaries and even though he is 25, he might decide to serve a mission. I am so, so, so, excited about the progress he has made and it makes me feel so great to see how the Gospel is changing his life. Estavan is the greatest.
Things are going so well here is Warwick. I am so grateful to be serving here and I am excited about this upcoming transfer. Thank you all who support me. I have such a strong testimony that somebody has the job to drag us down . . .but somebody greater has the job to make us whole. I know that my Savior lives, I am so, so excited for the upcoming General Conference. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is God's mouthpiece today. I invite all of you to think of a question that you have about the Gospel this week and I promise that the Lord will answer your question through his chosen servants and representatives. This is His kingdom established on the Earth. Love you all!!
|Down on the Docks|
|Our First Del's Frozen Lemonades|
|Service at the Food Bank|
|Dinner with Estavan|