Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Trust God and Pick Yourself up and Try Again!

Dear Family,

So this week has been pretty solid, but it started kinda tough. Haha I'll give you some excerpts from my journal because I think I'm funny.

July 16: Today we trekked like 10 miles so I'm pretty exhausted. We didn't see the fruits of our labors we got to talk to a lot of people so I'm sure good things will come from it

July 17: Wonderful day today. All of our appointments fell through, but we still smile lots.

July 18: We had a great day today. We knocked on a bunch of doors and not a single person let us in. (haha we call that street Telestial Kindom Drive now)

Alright so you kind of understand that things were kind of rough, but I found this awesome quote by C.S. Lewis. It doesn't really say tracting in it, but here it is...

We may, indeed, be sure that perfect tracting- like perfect charity- will not be attained by any merely human efforts. You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always tryng again. For however important tracting (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less that perfection.

We kept working hard and it seemed like Friday and Saturday we were hit by miracle after miracle...

One of our investigators is getting pretty close to baptism, but his mom has always told us that she would die as a Methodist. We were talking about prayer, and she shared an experience that she was praying for a change in her life and soon after she found that she had some medical problems. She had surgery so she has been at home all day and she has started to read the BOM. She is not going to die a Methodist :)

Lester, our investigator who is big into AA, met with us and told us how comfortable he was when we came over and told his neighbor that he would come to church. He has also started reading the BOM and I think his whole family will be members soon.

We went over to visit one of our potentials to try and teach him the restoration, but he wasn't home. However there was a mom and her daughter across the street that we went and talked to. They seem like some of our most solid investigators and we've only met with them once. They decided to come to sacrament meeting after the first time we met.

We visited a less active member and he told us that he wanted to do baptisms for the dead, so he came to church, and set up a meeting with the bishop to work towards a temple recommend.

There were so many other cool things that happened, but I don't have a lot of time to email today. Some of the greatest blessings I have found come from reading the Book of Mormon. Continue to read with the family and by yourself. There are so many treasures in there. I love you mom and I glad that everything is going well at home. You're the best


Elder Hoddy

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