Monday, July 13, 2015

Hey everyone!! So this has been another awesome week! We were able to go on exchanges with the Assistants this week and that was super cool. I was with Elder Gates and I learned a lot with him. We were able to teach one of our investigators Fran. We had an awesome lesson and then afterwards she let me hold her chicken and pet her Donkey! So I think we are definitely building some good trust with her haha. She is the nicest lady and has such a sincere belief in Christ and his atonement. 
Sunday was such an awesome day. There is an apartment complex we visit a lot and there is a  kid there named Kilos. He is so cool and he follows us around everywhere. We will talk to people outside and he will be tagging along with us adding his testimony to what we are sharing. This week we invited him to church and he begged his parents to let him come. He ended up coming with his Dad and they both really liked it. Kilos was asking us if he was allowed to come every single week. We didn't have to think about that one for too long haha. 
Later that night we went to see one of our new investigators John. When we first talked to him on his porch he wasn't too interested in what we had to say at all. But we were persistent and he eventually agreed to take a restoration pamphlet. Well we went back last night and he was so happy to see us! He read that pamphlet and he wanted to read the Book of Mormon really bad. He was scared that we weren't going to come back because of how reluctant he was to talk to us at first. But it takes a lot more than that to get us missionaries to not come back haha. We were able to give him a Book of Mormon and bear our testimonies of its truthfulness. He said he was going to start reading and praying about right away. The awesome thing is that I know that if he does so with a sincere heart, real intent and faith he WILL receive an answer. It is so nice to be able to have 100% confidence in that promise.
So many miracles happen out here every week and I wish that I could write about all of them. Something I have really been thinking about this week is happiness. I was reading the first presidency message in the Ensign and I love how it talks about the pioneers and despite all the trials and hardships that they were going through, they still were happy. Happiness isn't something that only comes around every other weekend or only when the weather is perfect and it is the NBA finals, happiness can be found everyday in every moment. The times when I have felt the least happy, is when I am thinking about myself. There are so many things that we don't have or attributes that someone may have and we don't. The cure to that is to think about others. How can we be a blessing to someone else? How can we help someone have a better day? I can promise that will bring you a joy in your life that will be lasting. I know that through Christ we can be changed and transformed into the people he wants and needs us to be. Love you all, have a great week.

Elder May wearing Brother Almeida's juditsu uniform

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