Another week of miracles was among us.
When we opened this area President Craven said it was going to take time and that it was going to be difficult. I didn't understand what he meant because my companion and I were both on round 3 of opening areas and then my patience was tested for two straight months. It was rough but God has been blessing us big time all along and has been preparing these people for what they need at this very moment.
Steve the Jewish man is doing well. He had a good time at church yesterday and is fascinated with converts. Some members in our ward know a few Jewish people who have converted and he is dying to talk to them. We met with him last night and he spent 30 minutes explaining how he felt the Spirit but hadn't made the connection yet that that was what he was feeling. We are starting with helping him understand the Plan of Salvation and why there is a need for a Savior. He's so open to it, it's insane. He's more Mormon than he is Jewish.
We are working with a really great part member family right now. The mom is less active and has been for a long time. Her daughter is preparing to be baptized on the 17th. Please pray for them:) The daughter is 12 and the ward has scooped her right up and the YW love her. It was so good to have her at church finally.
OH. Another newly baptized family is the best. They were baptized in January and it was the parents and their 11 year old son. They are seriously the best, (and I may or may not have invited them to come out to Utah when I'm home-and they freaked out, they were so excited--hope that's okay:) anyway. their 18 daughter, that no one knew about is home for a month from school and she came to church yesterday. We met with them last night and talked about how the gospel blesses families and we asked if she was interested in the church or even being baptized and she lit up and just said, yeah. and told us how she had met with missionaries a few times in the past and told them that she knew it was all true. and I was thinking, well why have you not been baptized!? She's so wonderful and so ready for the gospel.
Last week we were knocking on doors in a neighborhood and no one was answering and we met these three men on the street who were fixing the side walk. We talked with them forever about the church and about what we do as missionaries. They were fascinated. None of them ended up living in our area, but we got some solid referrals for other missionaries, and they let us write our names in the cement! So that was pretty sweet. We're permanent in Charlotte. I was way more excited about it than I probably should have been but it was fun. I'll have to send you a picture later when we go back to that neighborhood.
Things are great here! I love being a missionary and I love sharing the gospel! As a mission we are reading the Book of Mormon right now using two different colors and highlighting everything relating to the Doctrine of Christ with one color and Christlike attributes with another. I recommend it to y'all. Just in the last week my studying brain has flipped upside down and it has amazed me how everything can be related to the Doctrine of Christ.
I love y'all! Hope you have a wonderful week!