Monday, February 24, 2014

Pinewood Derby As A Missionary tool!

This has been such a good week. We started the week with a training on desire and it really hit home for me. The question was asked, "What can we become?" Of course the answers started coming about how we could be amazing missionaries and more like our Father in Heaven. Then we were reminded of both sides we could become. We could also become lazy missionaries or servants completely content with what we have. The training was all about how our desire leads us to choose and act. Our choices and actions allow us to become something and it all starts with desire. It was a great moment of realization of how much more was available if I would aim higher. It gave me a desire for desire and that has been something I've been praying for and it has helped us really get going.
      We had some amazing experiences this week, but the best one was probably with Zack and Felicia. We tried to plan a really powerful lesson plan and came up with the idea to talk about the temple. We have a couple of magazines all about the temples, so we showed them those and talked about them becoming an eternal family. At one point we showed them a picture of a sealing room and asked them if they'd like to be sealed as a family. Zack told us that his family matters to him more than anything else and that's what they want. We tied that in with baptism and asked them if they would follow Christ's example and be baptized. He told us that he felt like he needed to develop greater faith and repentance first which is perfect because those are the two requirements for someone to be baptized. Elder Van Halder was bearing powerful testimony and we think that we'll be able to baptize this family. Please pray for them because they are so ready for this gospel.
      We had some other great lessons this week and have a had a lot of fun. We're trying to get to know more of the Less Active members in our area and get them back to church. Our area is pretty big though, so we're driving all over the place and seeing a whole lot of the Oklahoma country. We've had some really good conversations and we're starting to see increased activity. There is this one guy that hasn't been to church for years, but he is the nicest guy and reads and prays daily. We found out that he loves wood working and turns out there is an adult pinewood derby competition coming up, so we're going to build a car with him then get him to the activity and to church. His wife loves to paint, so we're going to have her paint it and hopefully we can start teaching her the lessons because she's not a member. Wow that is one of most beautiful little schemes we've had in a while.
      Haha ok so during our lesson with Zack and Felicia, they were looking up a scripture and Elder Van Halder whispered to me and told me that I'm awesome. I whispered back that he was more awesome. Then we had a little whisper battle about who was more awesome. We looked up to find Zack and Felicia staring at us and it was so hilariously awkward. Zack said, "I like to whisper too". Ha at least he's seen Elf, so that means we're good friends, and we made a good joke about it. The lesson still turned out amazing. We sure are the best dweeb headed elders around. Who else has this much fun?
      We had a lot of adventure this week and we even ate at this scary little chinese place that was only four dollars for the buffet. We have no idea what we ate, we are not going back, and we don't know what the food is going to do to us, but it sure was a good time, and there was this little asian man named Kevin that we talked to for a while.
      Well missions sure are a blast and I'm having such a good time. I found this really cool scripture during studies yesterday. 2 Nephi 9:18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.
      Heaven has been prepared for us as we continue to prepare ourselves to live forever as a family. Our joy shall be full forever. HFF!
Elder Hoddy

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