It has been quite the week here on Staten Island…
We had a really great lesson with the family we are teaching! This ward really needs them to be baptized soon, because we are struggling! Right now our attendance averages about 90, and we are having three active families move out in the next two months… Oh boy. We are really praying for some miracles to happen here. The family that we are teaching did come to church though! The father has a job on Sunday but he left just to come. He even got up and bore his testimony 🙂 It was awesome. I love working with them. It is a Liberian family of 7! Great people.
Throughout the week we had some pretty hard times. I won’t go into detail, but there are a lot of people here that just aren’t very nice. Ha! It is a struggle for me right now to really love all of the people here. I always hear about people loving everyone they see on their mission, etc. To be honest though.. I don’t always feel that! It is hard to feel that for someone who is screaming at you, or threatening you. Sheesh. I can’t even imagine how The Savior did it. I think of His trial and all of the things he went through, and yet he still genuinely loved the people. I have a lot of improvement to do when it comes to charity. It is a work in progress!
We are fine, but suffice it to say.. we won’t be visiting certain less active people anymore. 🙂
We had a miracle happen yesterday!! We were looking up some people that the ward council had asked us to check on. Unfortunately the door was slammed in our face. So! We 2-2-5 it. Which means we knock the two doors to either side of the house, and the 5 across the street. That way we can still do all of our look-ups that we have to do, but we are incorporating some finding to. Anyways! We are knocking some doors and come across a Filipino family!! They were leaving, but they seemed interested (not even joking). We scheduled a return appointment and got their phone number. He said he had seen missionaries all over in the Philippines and he wanted to know what it was all about. It was a miracle. That doesn’t happen every day!
Ready for the highlight of the week? We were still checking on everyone the ward council wanted us to when we came across this guy. He was actually home and talked to us on his porch! Then he was kind enough to invite us in. Say what? I know it was another miracle. We talked to him for a while and got to know him and his family! He “used” to be a member, but was not interested AT ALL anymore. He made that pretty clear, but he was really nice to us! They fed us some food, and then he asked us “Are you allowed to play chess?” Heck yes we are. So we whip out the chess board and he plays Elder Finlinson. He is honestly beating Elder Finlinson pretty dang bad, and says “If you ever beat me, I will come to church”. Then it got a little more intense. I thought it would be pretty cool if he beat him, but I did not see that happening at all. He was down to two pawns, a queen, a bishop and his king. Things were not looking good … Then Elder Finlinson closed his eyes and said a little prayer. The other guy had like half of his pieces still… but! Next thing you know… Elder Finlinson beat him! Ha! It was one of the greatest moments of our companionship. 🙂 The guy was a great sport, and said that he would come to church. They were really awesome people.
Anyways, life is hard but that is okay. It has never been easy to be a disciple of Christ, but now is the time he needs them the most. Just gotta keep looking on the bright side of life!!
Come what may, and Love it!