This week has been pretty good. Not too much happened until Friday really. On Friday, we had Tony come with us to three appointments—he is the best! We took him to teach Anish with us who is the Indian man that we met last week. He was super great and even though we weren't that good at teaching him, the spirit was very strong and he asked some really good questions. The problem is that he set the next return appointment for the 10 of November. Dang. We made him a study calendar later and talked him into meeting us for a few moments on a weekend so that we can help him learn more, success! Also on Friday we had dinner with Jackie who spoilt us so bad. She made us basically a Thanksgiving dinner. So much food and drinks and desserts. So nice! From there, we took Tony to meet another Tony who is less active with some medical issues. We had a good chat with him then we went up to Stockport to travel to Chorley in the morning.
The meeting with President Nelson, President Hallstrom, Bishop Causse and President Johnson was so amazing (only meeting where President Ulrich hasn't spoken, he just conducted haha)! The Spirit was so wonderful and their wives are equally as inspired as they are. One thing that they talked a lot about was repentance, joy, and service. I think my favourite thing was from President Nelson. He talked about how as President of the 12, his job was to call the others to repent. How do you call 12 of the greatest men on the Earth to repent? He explained what repentance really means. He broke it down into the Greek basis and explained that it is a change of mind, knowledge, spirit, and even breath. When you learn more you repent, when you become more like the Saviour you repent. It was really great. Reading the Book of Mormon with that in mind makes it very applicable to each of us no matter the situation.
Also on Saturday, Henrik Ahlström came to the conference to see old missionaries and I was so glad to get to see him. He went to dinner with us and it was great to get to talk to him. He taught me a very great deal when I was with him. He helped me though a rough patch a mile wide so it was really good to see him.
Today was crazy, we went to Stockport to go on a hike with the rest of the district. And I got a call this morning from President to make sure that I went so that I could talk to a missionary that would be joining us so that I could hopefully help them. They were really struggling and so President decided that since I had been in the same situation, I should try and talk to them a bit so he arranged for us to go on the hike with them. That is why today was so crazy and you are getting your emails so late and so short. Love you all!
Miracle of the week—we found a family on Friday! We had gone to a member and asked for a street to go and knock and they gave us their street. So we start at the top where they directed and the third door we knock on a young lady from India answers the door and tells us her husband is Catholic and invites us in. We then teach her and her husband (who had met missionaries in the past) and we set up a return appointment for Wednesday, I really hope this pans out. All of our other investigators have pretty much died out.
I spent most of the week on exchanges in Stockport. First I was with Elder Tuipuloto who whitewashed into my area with his trainee. That was really good. He has only been out for four months and so training is a big thing. This is also his first family ward so he is learning how to do that right along with his trainee. They knocked their first door together. Funny. But I was able to just talk to him and just basically help him see what a great missionary he is and different things that he can apply to the family ward. He is so great. Leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at that point. He has a full scholarship to play BYU football. Good man.
The second exchange right after that was with Elder Sanches who is the new zone leader. He is so kind and loving. He is just great, he helped me to see what I was doing right and it was just good to talk to him.
Then I went back in a trio for the day with Elder Tuipuloto and Elder Strickland his companion, while the others went to mission leadership conference. We went contacting a few referrals and ended up tracking in Muslim central. Super super kind, nice people. We also found ourselves in an Evangelical Church of England church so that Elder Strickland could use their bathroom. So funny, we were saved in the nick of time by a phone call because they were getting ready to bash us. Well some were, others were just super nice. It's funny the differences.
Yeah that's been about my week, we have worked a lot and had not a whole lot happen in our area besides the one miracle but a miracle at a time keeps us going.
This week has been been good. We found a couple of investigators this week which is really good because we haven't had any for ages. One was a proper miracle, his name is Warren. There is a less active lady that we have been meaning to go by for ages, but first we had the wrong street then for silly reasons we just didn't go by. Then we finally go and we catch her son Warren in. Warren doesn't live there. He has some addiction problems that have caused issues with his family, so it's strange for him to be there. Then he let us in. He doesn't ever let missionaries in or want anything to do with us. Then he totally opened up to us, he told us a lot of things that you don't normally tell strangers. He then asked for a Book of Mormon, and said that he doesn't necessarily believe in God but he had said a basic "Help me if you're there" kind of prayer and then we show up. So that was really neat. The ultimate downer is that he has chosen to skip all of the appointments that we have made with him and to not answer the phone. I hate it when people get a good dose of the spirit and then do that. It bugs me.
General conference was amazing! I absolutely loved it. My favourite talk was definitely the one from J. Devn Cornish, his was on Saturday morning. It was spot on with one of my big questions that I had prepared. So good. The basic thing that I got out of it was that we are acceptable before the Lord. He loves us and is looking for the good in us and not the bad. He isn't fault finding; he is seeking out the good within each of us.
So that in a nutshell has been my week. It was pretty up and down, none of the investigators we found stuck though for the appointments. So that was the down. We found people—that was the up and general conference was the way up.
It's crazy how few people go to general conference, even the priesthood session. I am sure it's the same in Utah if not worse but it feels strange to me. Idk, what are your thoughts on general conference?