This week was awesome! Elder Wagner and I are working hard, and we're
seeing the fruits from it. Our philippino family came to church again.
They said they could only stay for the first hour, but their kids
wanted to stay so badly that they came to Sunday school, too. We tried
to put their family on date for baptism (again). Last Friday was the
closest we got - we pulled up the calendar on our iPads and told Lino
to choose a date when he can be baptized. He sat there and thought
over it, then he said he'd get back to us on it. He said he wanted to
pray about it on his own.
We did a lot of tracting this week - we found a couple of promising
people to teach. We knocked into one grumpy man who threatened to call
the cops on us. He accused us of religiously soliciting. I wanted to
say, "do it!" There's nothing the authorities could've done. But
instead we told him there's no need for such extreme measures and that
we would leave. As we left, I said, "we'll see you around!" He
replied, "Hopefully not!"
Elder Wagner and I had a good laugh about it afterward. :)
That event reminded me of stories of prophets in the scriptures who
were accused, beaten, mocked, spat upon, and reviled. Although I
haven't faced even a sliver of what they have, I wonder why some
people react negatively to the gospel. I read this morning in Alma
chapter... 8 or 9. Maybe 10. That people who soften their hearts will
greater understand the mysteries of God, until they understand him
fully. Those who harden their hearts will decrease in knowledge and
testimony of Him.
I know that God will bless and prepare all of His children who soften
their hearts for him.
Love you all!