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Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 - Sweater Weather!

Elder Miles and Elder Smith from LP
It’s been a little chilly around here lately. The last few nights I got pretty cold riding my bike, so today it was time to break out the sweaters! The leaves here are changing color, but not as much as I would have thought. It’s going to be really pretty when they all change. It’s coming up on Halloween and we aren't allowed to go out to work on Halloween night. I guess people wouldn't like our missionary costumes. Instead we get to go to the stake center as a zone and watch some movies! We are going to watch Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University. I’m pretty excited for that. Also, we have our ward Halloween party this Friday night and we are hoping to have some of our investigators there that have little kids. Our Bishopric changed a few weeks ago and the new bishop is awesome. I think that it will be a great change and I think we will see some great progress in the missionary work.

I've learned a little bit more about the cost of living out here and its crazy... One of our investigators is moving and he is selling his house for 600k. It’s a nice house, but not too big. Another investigator was saying that her town home cost over 400k! So even the poor people out here are rich! She wants to move somewhere with mountains and I suggested Utah would be a good place! The guy that’s moving has been talking to missionaries for a long time, but hasn't been too interested. He loves talking to missionaries and being friends, but he’s never really progressed. We've been working hard with him the last few weeks and we've seen progress. He has started reading the Book of Mormon and says he will definitely keep reading it. He thanked us for helping him come closer to God. He also said that I have pushed him the hardest of any missionaries in the last several years (haha). He is a really great guy and I had him add me on facebook.
Elder Johnson, Elder Mathews, Elder Miles, Elder Seely

A little more info on our greenies. Elder Seely likes golf, baseball, and basketball. He worked for a bee keeper in Mount Pleasant. He turned 19 in September, so he is actually older than his dad (Me) (haha). He has improved a lot in the last few weeks and is doing great! Elder Mathews (Elder Johnson's companion) is from Mesa Arizona. He played football and is pretty cool. Not sure what else to say...

We've had some fun tracting experiences this week, but this one was definitely the funniest. This guy answers the door and he is pretty crazy looking. He squints at us and sticks his head out the door and says "oh my gosh... what kinda cult are you? I’m just kidding i know you’re Mormons. I really like Mitt Romney. Also, I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.... and another woman.... (as he’s backing away) and another woman... and another woman... jk I’m just yankin your chain. I’m atheist." then he slams the door and locks it. Me and Elder Seely busted out laughing (haha).

The Transportation
One thing that the mission has really been emphasizing in our teaching is talking about the spirit. When we teach the restoration we are supposed to first talk about the spirit and how to recognize it and how it feels, so that they know they are feeling it during the lesson. We tell them that when they feel it that is the spirit telling them it is true. Then we teach up to the first vision and remind them about the spirit. Then we give the first vision and pause. During the silence I can feel the spirit so strong and I know they can feel it too!!! We then talk about how they feel and invite them to be baptized right then when the spirit is strongest! We haven’t had too many opportunities to use this yet, but I have definitely felt a difference. The spirit is so thick in the room after we talk about the first vision and I love it! Things are looking up and I’m excited for what’s to come!

Love you!

-Elder Miles



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