Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Testimony Has Been Strengthened

Hey Guys!!
      So I know that I've been slacking on the emails and I want to improve. So I'm going to give a day by day synopsis of everything that happened this week.

Pics of last week's mishap
Correction: The ditch is 7' x 15'
On Monday we had a FHE (Family Home Evening) with a less active family about the temple and the commandments that we need to keep in order to reach the temple and then the Celestial Kingdom. I had been a little sick so on Tuesday after our District meeting, I had to go grab some meds that the mission nurse told me to take. All is pretty much cleared up now. Tuesday night we had a missionary correlation meeting with our new Ward Mission Leader, Hermano Rocha, where we explained about our ward mission plan and how we can utilize the members in our efforts. After this we had a PEC meeting with leaders of the priesthood in the ward and we discussed our investigators, less actives, recent converts and how we can help them. This meeting is important and helps us plan how to help our investigators.
Wednesday we had a meeting with one of our investigators named S. and her little brother B. was there for the first time. He was talking, I turned my head to look at him and I could've sworn he was wearing baptismal clothing for a second. It freaked me out for a second but now I'm even more determined to help them to progress to a baptism. We've also been working with a lot of less actives lately to come back to church as part of a rescate ,so we met with a less active named H. and we're working to help him return back to the church with his family. Thursday we had a joint FHE with a part-member family named Familia E. and another family, so we could build friendships in the ward. The E.  family is awesome. The dad and oldest daughter are members, but the mom and a son aren't and now they want to be baptized. They're taking all the lessons and doing all they can to get married so they can be baptized. Our FHE was about the Proclamation on the Family and how the family can be bettered by love and service to each other. Friday night we had a FHE with the Stake President and one of our investigators named L.  and her daughter J. so they could see the love that we know and can express as a family.
Sunday we had church which is as always an awesome experience. Familia E. came, none of our current investigators came which was a little bit of a bummer, but we had 161 people in the chapel which was about 30 more than usual, so our efforts in rescate are hopefully working. We had a lesson with an investigator named V. and G., her daughter. At the end of the lesson I felt a fire in my chest that made me think that my shirt was going to go up in flames with how hot it was. I know it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the things we taught were true and that this is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth and we are here preaching so that all can partake of it. It was the strongest I've felt the Spirit yet on the mission and I hope to be able to feel that power again and that same fire which was in my heart. My testimony has been strengthened so much by this experience and I hope our investigtors will be able to gain this same testimony of the restored Gospel. I love you guys, and all the support I`ve recieved helps me to get up and do what is necessary when at times I don't think I can do more. Stay safe and as long as we are strong and keep faith in our Lord, He will be with us wherever we go.
                                                            Your servant in The Lord,
                                                                                   Elder Haynes 

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