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Letter 22: Small and Simple Things

February 22, 2014

This week was a pretty good one. And I’m emailing on Wednesday because we had a temple trip today, so it’s our P-Day. I love the temple. So anyways, we’ve been focusing a lot on trying to work with less-actives and trying to meet them, because that’s how we found everyone and got the success back in Yucaipa. So, we’ve tried that, but the less-actives aren’t quite as receptive here as they were back there. We have a couple that we’ve met with, but they’re in the minority for sure. So, we’ve kind of switched our approach. 

We’re trying to work a lot with the members now. President Van Cott has suggested giving a list of our investigators and all the missionaries in our district, and having the members pray for them, pray for their success, and pray for their own missionary experiences as well. As it says in 3 Nephi 18:20, whatever is right, that we ask for in prayer, we’ll receive, if it’s the will of God. And missionary experiences fit into that category quite nicely. So, we believe that as we get an entire ward to pray for these people and for themselves, they’ll start to see the hand of God in their lives, leading them to those people that are prepared for the Gospel. 

Something I’ve learned the importance of this week is just simply making a friendly bond with people. A lot of people see the white shirt and nametag and think we’re just there to shove a Book of Mormon down their throat. Yeahh, that’s not our job. Our job is to ‘invite others to come unto Christ’, not to coerce them into a baptismal font. We tried to see a less-active this week, and on our list it said “Anti-Mormon wife.” Fun. But we went by, and he wasn’t home, but we just started talking to her. She told us about a couple of bad experiences she had had with missionaries in the past, but we just chatted with her. She invited us in with our team-up and we just talked for about an hour and she invited us back at any time. Of course, we’re probably not going to get anywhere with her. But that’s okay. Just knowing that people are their friends and care for them is important. 

That’s why this member missionary effort is so important. People see us, as missionaries, and just think we’re there to draft people for our church, whereas, a friend extending an invitation to come to church, or to have a Book of Mormon because they know that it will bless the life of their friend, that’s special. There’s a love and a bond there that missionaries just can’t create in a 2 minute street contact.

I would have taken some pictures this week, but my camera’s dead, and the cord is still in Yucaipa. Don’t worry, we’re working with the Zone Leaders to get it back. 

Love you all,

Elder Weeks


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One Comment
  1. vicki taylor permalink

    This is a great letter. I love reading about your adventures. I am learning a lot by reading your letters, too. We love you…..Sister Taylor

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