England London Mission

England London Mission

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blessings of Fasting

This week was pretty fast. It seems that the weeks keep going faster and faster.  Before we know it… it will be harvest time again.

Sunday we fasted to find a family to teach.  That evening,  we stopped by a home.  The parent was not there, but their child was and said their parent would be here tomorrow and that we were more than welcome to come back.  So we stopped by and they are wanting to meet with us again.  An awesome family from an area where Kenny served his mission, they have family in that area still.  What a small world.  As a District we had fasted again this week to find families to teach.  Following that fast, we stopped by a former investigating family from several years ago. They were like ya- we would love to have the missionaries again… goodness how awesome is fasting!  Worked both times!

We are continuing to check on some less actives, making a lot of stop bys and also doing some other finding.  Went on exchanges with some of the Elders in the area and was able to meet a teenage girl that is getting baptized soon.  It was cool to see them and talk with them. 

Our District meetings are in our town.  We walk and all the other missionaries have cars in the District, so they drive to our area.  When I was on exchanges I asked if I could drive. They were more than happy for me to drive.  I was driving and he said to just pull up here. So I pull up. The sun was in the windscreen and like glare.  Ahead I saw no curb on the road and I couldn’t see if there was one or not to the side.  I just nailed the curb!  We heard this pop-whish!  We were all just like… what just happened. Well I popped the tire.  We got out and were just all laughing about it.  Good news is that we pulled up right in front of the door we needed.  They were doing some service for an investigator.  So they did the service and I changed the tire.  That makes 3 in the last 6 weeks.  One on the Zone Leaders car and one for a member in the last area, and this one here.  The missionaries I was with that day made a point at every appointment to tell them about the tire.  We had some good laughs about it!

We played football  with the ward one morning and it was super fun!  This ward is wonderful.  We had dinner with a couple of families in the ward.  Awesome families!

There is only one spot in the flat that our phone has service.  So I made a small table and sit at the window every other night for a couple of hours to do call ins.

This week we were talking about covenants and keeping our covenants. And helping others to keep their covenants.  And the difference between ordinances and covenants.  Ordinances are the earthly or outward expression. But covenants are the inward commitment to follow Christ. With the Priesthood being restored and correct doctrine we have a better understanding of it.  We were able to share the concept of making progress with a less active in the area and answer a question that had been bothering him and keeping him for keeping his covenants. 

Conclude with a quote:  from Neal A Maxwell – “God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability.”

Thanks for everything! Love, Elder Stevenson

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