Monday, February 20, 2012

February 19th, 2011

Just bits and pieces from my journal -
Finally got to see Lily again. She's so great and she has the cutest
twin girls. After our discussion about the plan of salvation she
thanked us numerous times for coming and she said she really likes
when we come and teach her and wants us to continue to come. Goodbye
Elder Whitney :(. Man I love that guy. He was glad to go see his
family for a bit and be healed of his constant sickness. He said
someday he'll most definitely have to come visit and stay with us. A
less likely trip to germany is planned as well haha. We taught John
twice this week. The second time was pretty fun.
 I read John 10:16.
Then I talked about and bore testimony of the savior manifesting
himself in the americas and read 3 nephi 15:21. It was super quiet
after this and the spirt was strong. They all got a witness that it
was true.. After we went and taught Lorenzo again.
He's a way cool guy and he has a super nice house! It felt ALMOST
american. He's catholic and reads in french. He's heard bits and
pieces of our lessons with Roger and Candie so we put a time to just
answer some of his questions and get him caught up. He's been reading
the Book of Mormon pretty solidly. We went and taught the basics of
the restoration. He's been reading his Bislama copy and he asked for
one in french next time. I really liked that lesson. Very clear and
the spirit confirmed everything. He wrote down every verse we shared.
 Sunday was the best day of the
week for sure. All week we had been really focusing on the
investigators we have now. Saw them a bunch but most of them aren't
ready and aren't progressing. Today the branch stepped up and helped
us out big time. We got a bunch of new people to teach and got 5 new
investigators today. The first were Simeon and Gigi, two brothers who
had come to church. We talked to them for a bit and they're awesome. I
like simeon a lot. We taught him and he asked great questions and was
very interested. After that we went and taught Elizabeth, Mandella,
and Anna. Our sunday school president had invited the first 2 to come
to church forever ago but finally came. They definitely liked what
they saw. They're brother and sister and they're about 20 something.
When we went to their house that evening and taught the restoration
they were golden. They wanted us to come back every day this week and
baptise them on saturday haha. And they honestly don't seem like it's
just a phase but really wanting to be converted. Elizabeth talked a
lot about some changes she made in her life and a near death
experience and her prayers that saved her life. They really are
golden. Anna is their aunt and neighbor. She had come to church before
and loved it. She said she and her husband saw huge blessings when
they started coming to this church. After she had some hard times and
temptations and didn't feel worthy to come inside because she saw it
as holy. We talked with her for a long while and she was so pumped
about coming for good this time and bringing her husband. They really
are prepared and ready to change their lives. As eager as they are
we'll definitely give them time to hear all of the lessons and come to
church more and be fully prepared. I'm stoked about their enthusiasum
though! Also another baptism this week for Franko. He's such a funny
kid and a great kid. I performed his confirmation. I love confirming
people. I always feel the spirt really strong. He should be getting
the priesthood and passing the sacrament here in a bit. Also had a
good time getting to know the clerk here, Edmond Saksak. He's a great
guy. He does translation from english to bislama whenever conference comes.
He served in the Phillipines. Great mission stories and one from his
family. He met Richard G. Scott in Fiji. He talked with him for a bit
and at the time Saksak was the only member in his family. Elder Scott
said"While you are on your mission your whole family will join the church" and he
said to write him after. 2 months passed and it happened. He wrote him
and he hadn't forgotten, he got a reply as well. His dad is the 2nd
counselor in the branch and all the kids have or are currently or
about to serve a mission. They are going to the temple this year. What
blessing have you guys recieved? I hope lots I've prayed for you guys
a lot.

Elder Sears

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