Elder Giles and I were street contacting around a lake, and we ran into a guy by the name of Vlad. He had this really thick accent, I couldn't tell where he was from. I told him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, and he asked, "where can I get this book? How much do I pay for it?"
I told him the good news. "I have one here, it's free!"
Later in the week we met with him again. We got to know him better, and we taught the Restoration. Vlad is from Kiev, Ukraine. He came to America to work as a lifeguard at our apartment complex's pool. He said he saw missionaries in Ukraine all the time, but he never talked to them before. He said he was going back to Ukraine the 31st of August. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon, and to be baptized. He said he would try to read, and he would consider being baptized. I felt good about that lesson.
We also taught the Hanson's, a part member family. They're an older couple who live in a massive house a few blocks from our apartment. A lot of people in the Reston ward don't know that Sis. Hanson isn't baptized. It's because she has been going to church consecutively with her husband for a really long time. The missionaries in Reston knew it, though, they just didn't have the guts to invite her to be baptized. Elders Raban, Giles and I set up a dinner appointment a few days ago to do what the missionaries before us didn't dare do.
It went so well! She accepted the invitation to be baptized, she said that it's been on her mind a lot lately. She just has to prepare for it. I really hope that we can help her through any sort of obstacles that are in the way of her coming closer to Jesus Christ.
I'm confident that if we are determined to make changes in our lives to come closer to God, He will give us means to overcome obstacles and challenges that are in the way of doing that.
I know that Jesus Christ's gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that same gospel was on the earth during Jesus Christ's ministry. I know that sacred saving ordinances, and pure doctrines have been restored, and if others allow it to, it will bless their lives dramatically.
Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers!
Love you all!