We had one investigator come with us to church this week. His name is Ben and he has been my favorite investigator to teach! We found him when we stopped by an inactive member of our ward. He was sitting outside the house smoking and we started talking with him. Turns out he is the cousin of the member we were stopping by to see. He technically lives in Sterling and is in his 20's, which means we need to pass him to the singles ward. The problem is he just sits at his cousin's house ALL THE TIME and smokes Hookah in his car (haha).
He pretty much lives out of his car in his cousin’s parking space. We are trying to figure out who to pass him to, but in the mean time we have been teaching him. He loves basketball and is super funny. He has two cousins who converted to the church and he really wants to know why. We have been teaching him outside while he sits in his car. He pulls two folding chairs out of his trunk and we sit in the parking space next to him while we talk. It is probably a really funny sight. He has been reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and yesterday he came to church.
We went over early to his house to give him a tie and Elder Gledhill tied his knot for him. We caught a ride with him to church. He was a bit nervous, which is understandable, because he hadn't been to church in 5 years. He met some people and it was a good sacrament meeting. One question that the last speaker asked really hit him hard. The question was "What are you willing to give up in order to be happy?" After the meeting Ben asked us "Did you tell him I was coming?" He said he felt like he was talking directly as him. We explained that was the spirit talking to him. Earlier before leaving for church I asked him if he had stopped smoking yet and he told us he probably never would. The spirit really touched his heart when he heard that question.
He loved Sunday School and then he had to leave for work. Before he left he said "Based on what just happened at church I am going to significantly cut back on smoking starting right now." I gained a stronger testimony of the power of the spirit in changing people’s hearts. He definitely experienced what Alma calls "a mighty change of heart."
I'm grateful for the opportunity to have spiritual experiences everyday and to share the gospel that I know is true.