Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 14, 2014...a little late!

IPADS!! We found out that ipads have been approved for our mission, and we'll get them in the next 2 months or so. The only thing, is that we have to pay for them, but I'm fine with that! No more paper records!!
We have assisted 2 funerals this week. One of them was for the young girl that died last Sunday, and the other was for the wife of one of our investigators. This particular investigator has been taught for quite a while and therefore knows quite a bit, but unfortunately had never been able to go to church because he was always caring for his mentally and physically ill wife. After she died of a heart attack a few weeks ago, he met with us and basically told us he would conform to the will of the Lord. At the funeral, he introduced us as his 'teachers' to the Pastor who was conducting the service. He has a lot of respect for the church and is completely willing to do whatever is asked of him. He accepted a baptismal date for July 26! As we talked about tithing during church yesterday, he leaned over to my companion and asked what the quickest way to pay tithing was. We're very excited to see his progression this week and up to the point of baptism.
We had a neat experience yesterday with another one of our investigators. She has been taking lessons FOREVER because of marriage problems, but we solved that all yesterday! As my companion Elder Swanson was teaching a different lesson across the balcony, I was sitting with Emma and talking about her future. We decided that it's time to set some goals and work towards them. I invited her to think about and set her own goals for marriage and baptism, and set did without hesitation! She chose August 9 to be married, and chose August 16 to be baptized. We are also working with her boyfriend, trying to strengthen him again as an investigator.
We had a really neat experience with Nikki, a girl we decided to talk to one night. We were on our way to an appointment, and saw Nikki folding some clothes outside. I kind of got the impression to start a bigger conversation with her than just , "Hey!". I walked over and my companion followed and we began to get to know her. She has been going through lots of struggles recently, and hasn't known where to turn for help. She has some friends and family tell her to ask the 'mormons' for help because 'they help everyone'. She didn't feel comfortable seeking us out, so she prayed for us instead. And we showed up! We got her set up with the English Sister Missionaries, and she seems to be doing a little bit better. It just shows us that the Lord truly does put us in certain places at certain times, even if our intended plans don't work out.
Have a good week!

Elder Pilkington

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