Monday, February 6, 2017

I Have Been a Missionary For One Year

This week not really much new happened but it was still a good week by all means. On Friday we went contacting at Prairie View A&M University, a university that is predominantly African American. So you could say we stood out just a little bit. And by a little bit I mean we stuck out like a sore thumb. But it was still really awesome because I was able to talk to college kids my age! Most of them are very open minded and willing to try new things. Sometimes it feels as though we are knocking on the same doors and people are giving us the same hard-headed responses so it is nice to talk to some younger people who have not been hardened by years and years of tradition. 

As well, we had someone named Joanna come up to us and ask if we were the Elders. She told us that she was a member of the church from San Antonio and asked where the nearest chapel was. She ended up coming to church on Sunday with one of her non-member friends who loved it! That was a real miracle because we felt that God inspired us to go to Prairie View that day so we did and ended up meeting a member who needed to come back to church. 

As well on Sunday we had 89 people come to church. That was awesome to see because not that long ago church attendance in Waller hovered around 50 or 60 each week. I have really come to enjoy being in Waller and have come to love all of the members. They are so determined to serve and willing to help those who are struggling. They've been a great example as to the kind of member I need to be when I return. 

Anyway, Friday both Elder Wells and I hit 1 year as missionaries. We were planning on burning shirts to celebrate, but then we got tired and forgot. Maybe we'll do it this week sometime now that we plan in the morning instead of the night. 

Elder Barrus

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