Monday, August 17, 2015

A Little Less Hot, A lot more work!

This week was full of hard work and talking with lots of people! I love talking to people, it is always fun to be able to get to know someone and hear there experiences and life stories. This week the weather has been a lot cooler lately, which has been a nice change:)
     One of the greatest/exciting things that happened this week was being able to teach our bishops  exchange student Greg. He is from France, and will be staying with the Bishop until the end of this week. He grew up Catholic, but is incredibly open to learning more. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and has stared to read it. Teaching him has been such a joy. He listens intently to what we have to say, and asks sincere questions. He really wants to know the truth. At the end of teaching the Restoration, we committed him to pray to know if Joseph Smith is a prophet and if this is Christ's church back on the earth. He told us he would, but that he was pretty nervous to ask such a direct question. I completely understand why it would be so nerve racking to ask God these questions, because if the answer is yes then he has to change a lot of things in his life and leave a faith that he has grown up in his whole life. We talked a lot about how God is the source of all truth, and that he will never lead us astray. We also made sure to let him know that God has a plan for him, and that this gospel will only bring him more happiness and more answers to life's questions then he has ever experienced before. Our bishop has already started helping him find connections to the church in France, and even found out that there is a temple pretty close to his house. Greg is pretty in to family history, and so I know he will grow to have a love for temples and the work that is done inside. After our lesson with him he made us crepes, they were so good! I am glad I had the chance to meet Greg, and to hopefully be able to have a positive influence in his life. This week we also had the chance to teach this guy named Dan. He comes from a very solid christian background, but was open to hearing what we had to say. It was kind of hard to teach him, because he just wasn't seeing what made our church so much different from his. We tried to explain to him about the priesthood and prophets, but it just wasn't getting through to him. I just wish he could experience what it is like to live all of the principles of the gospel and see the happiness it would bring to his life. People really don't know what they are missing out on! Hopefully this next week we can help him feel/see the truthfulness that is in our message. I think the key will be to dive into the Book of Mormon with him and get him to feel of it's power. Please pray that his heart and mind will be open. We have an appointment with him this week, and we will be teaching the Plan of Salvation. I think this lesson will be a good one to help him see what the Church of Jesus Christ really has to offer:) We also had a cool contact with this younger guy named Ronny. We started talking to him while he was working on his car. We started asking him about his religious background and he told us that he isn't really into that kind of thing right now, he is trying to get his life back in order and doesn't have time for religion. We started talking to him about the power of putting God first in our lives, and letting him guide our lives. If he would just understand this principle, his would be able to get his life back in order more quickly and have a lot more success and happiness. We also offered him a Book of Mormon, and promised that it would bring peace and direction to his life. I really hope he opens up the Book of Mormon, and starts reaching out to God. He is a good person, just needs a small course correction to get him back in line with where God wants him to be. 
    There are some really good things happening in this area, and it is a blessing to finally have people to teach and visit. I am really looking forward to this week, I hope everyone has a good week going back to school! 


Elder Griffin      

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