Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Second Week at the CCM

The days go by and are pretty much the same, last week on Wednesday and Thursday we finished our last two lessons with an "investigator" (he was already a member) but we got a baptismal date for him.  On Friday we were taught in the morning and in the afternoon we learned about the next two investigators we are going to be teaching. Again, they are role playing investigators.... they are really our teachers.

On Saturday night, there was a devotional put on by some of the Elders. It was about one Elder who got in a bad accident with a Ranger (ATV/ 4 wheeler type of thing) where it fell and shattered his pelvis. He said that he was in so much pain that he just wanted it to end. He had a knife with him, so he stabbed himself in the chest and then slit his throat to get to heaven quicker. His friend found him and took him to the hospital where he was immediately evacuated. The amazing thing was that the doctors told his dad that if he hadn't of slit his throat he would have died. After all the surgeries, the doctors told him that he might not be able to walk or play sports again. He said after 5 months he was able to play football. It was a really touching and spiritually charged experience.

On Sunday, it is a great time to be a missionary, because of the spirit that is felt all day. Again, it started off slow, but picked up at the devotional. The devotional was one given by Elder Bednar, he talked to us about how to become a Preach My Gospel Missionary. It was very moving and I felt that I learned so much from it. That night we also watched the movie How Rare A Possession, The Book of Mormon. it is the story of how the Book of Mormon affected two people, the first Parley P. Pratt, and the second an Italian minister. The interesting thing about the Italian minister is that he didn't know it was the Book of Mormon until latter in his life, and he was preaching by it because he did as Moroni challenged him and found out the truth. This has reinvigorated me in my studies of the Book of Mormon and I have been more diligently reading from it. I love the Book of Mormon and I know that it is true.

 Yesterday we had our first lesson with our second "investigator" and it didn't go at all as planned, but we felt the spirit and we know that the true teacher in these lessons is the spirit. It felt great to get to know him and I know that he felt the spirit while we where teaching. Also, yesterday, we set up a time where we are going to play cage soccer with a district of Latinos, we are going to get killed.

Last night was the last night for some Elders in our zone. We played Signs as a "Family Night" thing. We had so much fun and were all just laughing so hard. I am going to miss those that are leaving, but I know that they will do well wherever they are headed.

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