Kia ora koutou kotoa!!
This last wee was so busy. I felt like you Mum, the program was working and it was one of the busiest weeks I've ever worked. And on top of that La Nina decided to come to New Zealand. Its been a pretty weird summer compared to last year being so much cooler and wet. I'm not complaining though. Last year there was heaps of days that were just unbearable. But this year there's only been like 2 or 3. One of them last week too. Muggy, death through the hole in the ozone, and you could feel the sweat drip down your face, chest, armpits, just unbelievably hot. Then everything cooled down again. Which I'm still excited about.
This week was full of miracles too!! Throughout the week we were able to find 3 people who accepted the baptismal invitation! All three of them were on the first lesson too!
The first one was named Michael. I was on trade off's with Elder Wilson in my area and we were trying to contact a semi-old potential investigator who we found out had moved. As we walked back down the long driveway I heard some loud music pumping. From past experiences I thought, "there's no way these people are going to listen" but through lots of other thoughts I said why not. We knocked on his door and a young teenager with blond/bleached hair and a rod piercing through his nipple answered the door. That really took me off guard, but I told him about the message that we share and how it can really help him in his life. To my surprise he agreed to let us come back the next day. We went back and taught him the restoration. When Elder Clark was teaching about the 1st vision he told Michael to pay attention to his feelings. As my companion related Joseph Smith's experience to him, he started tearing up! We told him how the spirit can work in people's hearts and feelings. He loved the idea about the book of Mormon and accepted the invitation to be baptized.
The second one came as we were walking by this house with a couple taking things from their car inside. We asked if we could help and he said nah. But he told us to come inside from the rain. We asked if we could share our message with him and how it could really bless him. We taught him the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He too agreed to be baptized.
The third person came from a former investigator that we didn't know was a former. We were trying to find another potential investigator but found out that they had previously met with Elders. We taught about how to build and keep a testimony, which is prayer, scripture study, and church attendance. We tied it to baptism and asked if she would prepare herself to be baptized and she agreed!
Amazing things are happening in this area. Now the real hard work comes to guide them into the waters of baptism. I'm so grateful for the gospel and how much it blesses families who listen and follow its precepts.