Transfers are next week, so p-day will be on Tuesday. I will find out on Monday if I’m going, but I hope I’m staying. This is a great place to be. The ward members are terrific. The work is challenging, but we are moving forward. The young lady from last week who accepted baptism, has had a change of mind at the present time. She doesn’t think this is the right time in her life. We had found her when we were checking on some other former investigators, and just continued knocking doors along the way. She will be a great investigator when the right time does come for her.
One of the other investigators is taking things slowly. He is doing pretty well with prayers at this time. And other one is doing pretty good. He actually wants to find out things for himself. He has been doing good. He read 1st Nephi twice now and is continuing on with it. He is looking for a church that is led by the spirit, not by a man. So we showed him scriptures about prophets and he was oh… prophets are moved by the spirit not themselves. So he is doing really well now.
Our mission has a goal of 700 baptisms for the year. This weekend there were 20 baptisms and as of today there are 111 baptismal dates in the mission. That’s the most the President has ever seen in this mission, he is really excited about it. If only some could come our way.
Advice for missionaries heading out:
It’s not all fun and games. There will be days when it’s hard and you want to go home. But the times when you teach someone the gospel; when you teach them to pray; when they learn about Heavenly Father- that’s what makes it all worth it. The spirit is the key and the important thing in anyone’s conversion process. Conversing is when you answer all their questions and they think it’s true. Conversion is when you are guides and you let the spirit do the work.
Love, Elder Stevenson