Monday, December 5, 2016

You Only Serve in Waller If You're a Baller

So I got transferred this week out to Waller, an area which covers 4 towns of about 5,000 people each. We cover a Spanish branch and an English ward and there's plenty of work to do. I came in at a good time, Waller currently has 3 baptismal dates and lots of potential to set more. My new companion is Elder Wells and he's from Alpine, Utah and he came in with me to the mission field, so he has the same amount of time in the field as I do. 

On Tuesday we taught a few lessons, did some finding, and knocked on some doors. 

On Wednesday, we did some service at a thrift shop for an hour, knocked some more doors, ate dinner with a part member family, taught their unbaptized 9 year old son Anthony, and attended a couple of meetings. 

Thursday, we planned, ate Thanksgiving dinner with the Schilde family, and watched them shoot some clay pigeons with their shotguns. Then we finished our weekly planning, knocked on some more doors, and visited a potential family named the Reyes. A week before I got here the missionaries had helped them fix up their house a little bit, so they let us right in and fed us some more Thanksgiving dinner, and let us teach them the Restoration. There were 3 families there, and about 9 people participated in the lesson so that was pretty cool. They mentioned that they were pretty grateful that the Elders quorum and the missionaries had come and helped them fix some stuff up around the house. They said they would come to church and didn't, so we're not sure how interested they really are, but we will try again this week. 

On Friday we had district meeting and taught Francisco, an 82 year old guy from Mexico who has a baptismal date for the 11th of December.  He had accepted the Word of Wisdom and law of chastity without much issue, so we weren't too concerned about him. We taught tithing and he did not accept it as a law of God at all. We used Malachi 3:8-10 but he still didn't budge so we invited him to pray and ask God about it. He said he is going to rethink his baptismal date because he didn't believe that the true church of God would have its members pay tithing. However, we let him think about it for a couple days, and then had our ward mission leader visit him on Sunday. Francisco said he still wants to be baptized and asked how to fill out a tithing slip, so I think the Spirit has worked on him. 

On Saturday we taught a few more lessons that weren't anything to write home about. 

On Sunday we had church with 6 of our investigators there and a couple meetings. Then we stopped by a potential investigator named Ryan and taught him the Restoration. He said that he believed in Joseph Smith's first vision so we invited him to be baptized. He said he's already been baptized, but prayed to know if it's something God would have him do. So there's some potential there for sure. 

All in all, it was a positive week and we are looking forward to building on this momentum. 

Elder Josh Barrus
Waller District

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