Monday, March 14, 2011
We had some really cool experiences this week especially when we worked with the Teaching Assistants. We just found a retired radio announcer a few days ago who had been taught years ago by the missionaries but nothing really happened. As we taught her, she kept telling us how religions are so wrong because they just want money. She said the only time a church should ask for money is when they ask 10% for tithing haha. We explained to her how things get changed without prophets and people make up their own beliefs.
We told her about Joseph Smith and she only had one concern with Joseph Smith. She was smart enough to figure out that he couldn't still be alive, so we proceeded to tell her about Thomas S. Monson. After teaching her about the restoration we asked her if she would pray and ask God to know if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. She said "Of Course! I'm going to ask if Joseph Smith is a true prophet and Thomas S Monson." It was completely by accident that we found her, but I'm sure the Lord had a hand in it.
We were also led to some new investigators who live right outside our door. I've tried knocking all the houses on our street, but we didn't have any success. One day however, we were walking out our gate when I saw a man sitting on his porch and I felt that I really needed to talk to him. He is a pastor for Seventh Day Adventist but is really nice and opened minded to what we have to teach.
During the lesson, the Teaching Assistant felt impressed to pull out an article of faith card. They read through every article of faith and said that they believe they are all true. While discussing the articles of faith, one of the girls was reading the pamphlet and the Book of Mormon and would answer the questions of the pastor concerning Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the ordinances of salvation. Normally, I don't like teaching pastors of other sects, but I know that we were led to them and that the Lord had softened their hearts to listen to this message.
Thank you for your letters and prayers. It's great to hear how much the Lord is blessing all of you back home.
Love, Elder Smith