This week has been insane! But in a good way of course. On Tuesday we had our P-Day, because we had the Elder Carlson Mission Tour on Monday. After our P-Day we went joint teaching. We first taught an investigator family. We had a lesson with them on baptism, and went over the baptismal interview questions! They are making a LOT of progress, so it is super cool to see everything coming together :) After our lesson with them, we went over to another investigator’s house and had a lesson with her and her 12yr old daughter. We watched the movie, "On The Lord's Errand". The daughter loved it! It was a great way for her to learn more about President Monson. All in all, it was a super great day!
On Wednesday we had a lesson with a 17-year-old boy. His Mom is a less-active member, and he is not a member. We taught him the restoration and gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. Afterwards we had a meeting with Bishop, and then we prepared for the Ward Party. The Halloween Spooktacular was SWEET! On Monday we bought Halloween hoodies, so that was pretty cool :) I dressed up as Captain America, and my companion wore a Star Wars tie and hoodie. It was pretty fun! I absolutely LOVE Halloween, so I cannot wait to have a super great Halloween when I get home :) I also learned to ask, "What are you dressed up as?" before I comment on costumes. One girl came dressed up as a Dalmatian, and I thought she was dressed up as a cow. She was outside sitting in a tree for the longest time, and so when she came inside, I jokingly said, "Well, what else would a cow be doing?" Instantly I was informed, "SHE'S A PUPPY!!!" It was pretty hilarious :) Luckily there were no hard feelings, the only tears were tears of joy and laughter!
On Thursday we went and did service at the Family Pathways Thrift Store. We set up some more Christmas Trees, and then took off. In the afternoon we went tracting and met a guy that we were able to teach the restoration to. He is kind of a free spirit, but he was still fairly interested. In the evening we went out joint teaching. We taught the an investigator couple about Prophets, and assigned them to watch a few General Conference talks. Later, we had a lesson with the mother and daughter. We talked about the restoration, the priesthood, and auxiliaries. It went really well, and the daughter started teaching us what she has learned. Super sweet!
On Friday, Halloween, we had another lesson with the 17 year old boy. He had read some of the Book of Mormon, but was having a hard time understanding what it said. A lot of people here read the simplified version of the Bible, not the King James Version, so the Book of Mormon is a little tough at first. We read the chapter with him, and he understood it a lot better. We then were able to talk briefly about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Later, we went and did service at another thrift store, Thrift With A Twist. While we were there, they were having a 50% off sale on all their clothing, so I of course did a little shopping. I found three suits that I bought, and they were $5 each! One of them was brand new, and still had the tags on it :) SCORE! A member of the ward is hemming the pants for me, so I am pretty excited. Plus, it was made in Canada! Whoot whoot! Afterwards we did some service with with a member family, and we weekly planned in the evening. No trick-or-tracting for us!
On Saturday, All Saints Day, we finished our weekly planning, and went and visited with a less-active member. His father recently passed away, and his heart has been very softened towards the gospel. I shared a quote with him from President Hinkley's talk, "The Continuing Pursuit of Truth". The quote is called "Look For The Sunlight." You should definitely look it up... it's a good one :) We talked to him about looking for the positive aspects in life, something that I am constantly working on. In the evening we went out joint teaching. We had a great lesson with a recent-convert. I shared with her the talk, "Obedience Brings Blessings", and we talked to her about being obedient to the commandments. It was a pretty great day :)
On Sunday, it was All Soul's Day (MX), Ashura Began At Sundown, and Daylight Savings Time Ended. We had an early morning meeting, that wasn't all that early because of daylight savings time. We discussed the NAC (North American Central) Initiative, which involves Part-Member Families, Children of Record (unbaptized members of an LDS family), and Prospective Elders. We came up with 10 families that we are going to focus on for the month of November. Sacrament Meeting was great! The 12 year old and the investigator couple came, and we taught gospel principles afterwards. Our lesson was on temple work and family history. I certainly have a lot to learn about those two subjects, but it all worked out! In the afternoon, we had a lesson with a less-active family. They were in their garage setting up a new garage door opener, so we shared a quick scripture with them, and got to know them a little better. In the evening we had a lesson with the investigator couple again. We shared the message, "Obedience Brings Blessings" with them as well. We talked about Prophets and set up a calendar to schedule out our lessons. The girlfriend is working on getting a marriage license. Her last name isn't actually what we thought, and she was a felon at one time, so changing her last name is a process. Hopefully all will go well though! To finish off the evening we had a lesson with the mother and daughter. We talked about the Plan of Salvation, and the 12 year old walked us through all the steps! It was great :)
It has been a super great week all together though! Just a heads up... today is Recreation Day in Australia :) Might as well celebrate! I think I am going to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas this year, so feel free to send me gifts for all three holidays ;) You know me haha! Thank you all for all of your love and support. Have a great week!
Elder Kyle William Andrews