Monday, August 19, 2013

An Awesome Missionary Weekend!

Woohoo this week has been a good one.
P-day was just killer because we played 4 square for a couple hours. Things were gettin pretty heated and intense, but luckily chief judge Hoddy was there to settle all disputes and reign as king for a while. The next couple days we did some service and met with some people. It was great. On Friday the sisters had a baptism which was really awesome. The spirit was really strong there and it was exciting to see. After that we saw one of our potential investigators, Jake, and had an awesome lesson. We taught the restoration and one of his roommates sat in and listened. We were kind of rushed for time, but we have another appointment this week, so we should have time to do everything.
Saturday was a really awesome day. I don't really remember what happened in the morning cuz it's already been two days since it happened, but after dinner we decided to knock a few doors and we had more success than we've ever had tracting. We knocked on this one door and the people let us right in and started talking to us. There were two families there and they were in the process of making dinner. Most people say that they're too busy to talk to us, but these people let us right in, offered us dinner, and talked with us for a while. It is so incredible to meet families that you can teach. Especially ones who truly act like Christians instead of just saying it and shutting the door on us. There were some other really nice people, but that was a highlight of tracting for my mission. Then we had a lesson with Leon. He's taken all the discussions, and come to church plenty of times, so we were hoping to have a lesson on baptism. His favorite members came with us and they gave powerful testimonies, but in the end it wasn't the right time for him I guess. He's such an amazing Christian that it's hard to believe that he won't accept the gospel someday though.
Sunday was another amazing day. We went to Life Church with the Helsleys that morning and it was not at all what I expected. They had a rock band, and great play places for the kids. Ha it was a really fun place for church. I thought that it was going to be another church that was just asking for tithing and trying to get members, but I felt like the leaders really were trying to help the people. At the end of the day however, it is very clear that they are missing many important things contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The power and authority to baptize and give the Holy Ghost is missing. There is no sacrament. No one gets to be sealed to their family forever. I thought it was a good church, but it was not Christ's church. The Book of Mormon and Bible clearly teach the way to eternal life, and although Life Church teaches a lot of truth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints goes so much deeper and contains it all. People misunderstand us, but the work goes on. Haha we were actually asked to leave a couple of times because they thought we were proselyting. Oklahoma is the best and I love it here. The people here are amazing and I'm getting so much closer to the ward here. It's going to be sad when I leave. I found out last night that I have at least another 6 weeks in the village ward, so I was pretty happy about that. I'm getting a new companion on Wednesday though we we'll see how that one goes.
Well it sounds like life at home is pretty awesome. I can't believe Jace is in Junior High and that's so fun that Aunt Melody had Beckett. You'll have to send me pictures of him. I love you all and hope you have a good week!
-Elder Hoddy

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