This week was really good! It was pretty hard to want to work because it was freezing outside. There're some benefits to having a car - one of them being we doing have to walk all day outside in the cold. Another benefit is bragging rights. But there're also down sides to having a car. After you park, you know that you have to get out of your nice warm car into the cold, dark night to preach the gospel. It's hard to do that! But, there've been so many wonderful miracles from sacrificing for the welfare of the "souls who know not God." (Alma 6:6).
For example: for a long while, we weren't able to visit one of our investigators, Sammy. He wasn't responding our texts and calls, and he wasn't answering his door. We getting down on that. We had to take him off date for baptism because he wasn't progressing. But, one night, we were out looking for people to teach, and Sammy pops up out of nowhere! It was so good to see him again! He said that we should try to meet together again and talk about the gospel. It warmed my heart to know that he still wants to speak with us. Hopefully we can teach him a lot this week.
Last Sunday, a recent convert brought one of his friends to church. His name is Kabarr, and he's from Sierra Leone. We taught him on Thursday, and again yesterday (Sun.) he said that he would be baptized if he knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet. On Sunday, the Hartmann family invited Kabarr, the recent convert, and us over to their home for dinner. We had a really great discussion on prayer and recognizing the Holy Ghost.
I'm so thankful that God blesses us with challenges. They're opportunities for us to grow, and we learn the most from them when we make it a matter of sincere, earnest prayer. I've seen it happen time and time again so far. I've learned a lot of great new skills that have come from times when I've made a mistake or have been presented with an opportunity to be thrown out of my comfort zone.
Thank you all for your prayers, love, and support.