Tuesday, June 7, 2011

This week was pretty good!! The focus of this week was getting new investigators!! We also had interviews with president torgan which went really well, but it made the week a little bit crazy. The assitants had to sleep at our house and they went on divisions with us for about two days!!! The interviews went really good though!! As always, we learned a ton and it was good to see president Torgan again for the second time since ive been out here on these islands haha. But it was a really good and uplifting meeting. Well, we finally got around to trying to get one of our investigators marked this week named nelson. About a 33 year old guy that lives alone and has a kid that he can see on the weekends. We had tried to mark him for baptism in the past, but he wouldnºt listen telling us that he had already been baptized and didnºt need to be baptized again. Well, when we came around to it last monday at his house, once i asked him, he got a big goofey grin on his face and just sat there flipping me off. I was a little annoyed. He gave me the same excuse, that he had already been baptized. I decided to keep trying though so i told him to bear with me. I was like "i know you have already been baptized, youve told me a thousand times, just bear with me hear" well, we shared the scripture with him i think in acts 19, where paul rebaptizes a bunch of people because they didnºt have the gift of the Holy Ghost. So we shared that with him and that got him thinking, and by the end of the lesson, his mood had changed completley, so what we did is we told him to read the intro to the book of mormon one more time and pray about itºs truth, then to pray about if baptism was really right for him and he told us that he would do it. We could tell that he was really thinking about how he didnºt have the gift of the Holy Ghost. We passed him by a couple of days later and he told us that his prayer went good and that he felt good, but he had felt better before. He still doesnºt want to get baptized because even though he knows the book of mormon is true and believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, he thinks that all churches are right because they talk about God. I donºt think he fully understands the restoration, so next time we go back there, that will be our main focus. We are going to reteach the restoration.
Other than him, we met some really cool new investigators this last week. 2 of them, a mother and a daughter are practicing catholics and they told us that they felt good when we spoke to them. They said the way we teach them is different than when the Pastor or whatever speaks at her church. We told her that she was feeling the spirit, so we have some high hopes for some of these knew people!!!
I gave another talk in the portuguese branch yesterday. It went pretty good. It was on "using and bettering our talents." This upcoming week should be pretty interesting. On thursday, we have a primary activity that will be on "the word of wisdom" or really just healthy living. Sister Eves will talk to the kids about what to eat thats healthy and whatnot and maybe bring some healthy snacks, and then me and the other 3 Elders are in charge of the excercise part, so we are probably going to have them do like relay races and push up contests and what not. Maybe play some catch or some soccer. It will be fun. Then on Saturday, we have integration night where all the members come and just do fun activities with each other to get to know one another a little bit better!! So it will be a lot of fun. And once again, we are praying that we can finally mark someone for baptism this week. The work continues to go on!!
I will finish the new testament on Friday for the first time reading all the way through. I have really enjoyed it and i have learned so much more. After that we will be reading the pearl of great price which shouldnºt take long to finish at all. All the while making sure to read the Book of Mormon as well daily. After i finish the pearl of great price, the only standard work that i wonºt have read will be the old testament, which i started in cacem and got to 1st chronicols, so about half way done, and when i have time again, i will continue and finish the old testament as well. Thats one of my goals is to have read all the standard works by the time i come home!! Im learning so much, its great!!!
Well, thats about it this week on my side!!! I appreciate all of your emails. i love hearing from you guys and hearing about what goes on at home!! I hope all continues to go well for you guys. I keep you in my prayers every day. I love you all so much. Canºt wait to talk to you all next week!! Tchau!!!!!
Elder Willes

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