April 19, 2012
So both Sharon and Jeannie were baptized. It’s great to see the changes that come over people following baptism. Things finally clicked with Jeannie. We taught her a New Member Lesson – a short 15-minute review of the Restoration – and after we got home she texted us to thank us for teaching her and for introducing her to the Church. She said she was thrilled to learn about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. The Holy Ghost opens our minds to gospel understanding. Have to experience it to understand it. Also, we were looking over Sharon’s baptismal record and found something that surprised us; she’s married! I have been teaching her for three months now and she never once mentioned that she had a husband. They aren’t fighting or anything; she’s just married. He didn’t even come to her baptism. But maybe now we can teach him.
I went on exchanges with the office elders on Monday and they had a lesson set up with some guy that “had never met.” They found a bunch of numbers in their phone that they didn’t recognize so they just sent out a mass text and a few of them actually invited them over. One of them was Marcus, the aforementioned appointment. Well, he shows up and we dive into the lesson. After offering the Book of Mormon, he said, “Oh, I already have one.” We were like, “What, from who?” He said, “Elder Schone and Nggiku.” And then it clicked in my head; his name is Darius. Elder Schone told me earlier that morning that they had a new guy on date named Darius. So I went out and called Elder Nggiku and confirmed my suspicions, and headed back in to break the news. Rather than explain the confusion, I just came right out and asked, “So when are you getting baptized?” He told us and I finished the lesson real quick. Oh man were the office elders embarrassed, but I had a good laugh.
Last week another elder took me contacting at Takashimaya, a massive mall. Well, it’s actually outside on the street but we call that area a “mall”. He took me to see a Lladro of two missionaries in one of the shops and we ran into a Chinese guy who was working at a cigar shop. We talked to him for a bit and left without a second thought. We had a bit of free time last night so we felt like we should go and talk to him again. This time we found out that he has been to our church before – like six years ago – and knows our current ward mission leader. We got his number and he should be coming to church on Sunday.
Love you all!