Friday, October 24, 2014

Hey family!

I guess first things first, I have another new companion! We're in a trio now with Elder Baker. He's from Colorado, and is super chill. He's the mission "tech" guy. He goes around with the AP's a lot, so they just decided to move him into our apartment and have him be in a trio with us. The funny part is that the AP's are also in a trio, so there's 6 of us living in our apartment. It's kind of a party, which I think goes without saying.

Where to begin? I guess I already did. We can talk about Jodie. Have I already mentioned Jodie? Jodie is absolutely incredible. We had dinner with a member a week or so ago and they had their friend Jodie over. We taught her the restoration, invited her to be baptized, and she said yes. In the next lesson, we taught her about the Book of Mormon. She has two really solid member fellowships that committed to read the Book of Mormon every day and that they'd all text each other about what they read. So that was legit. Doesn't end there. We then teach her about the Plan of Salvation, resolving a lot of her concerns about whether our actions in life actually determine where we end up. We invited her to be baptized on the 25th of October. She said she'd pray about it. She came to General Conference yesterday, just the morning session. After the session she sends us a text and says that she received inspiration that she shouldn't procrastinate her baptism, and that she'll prepare for the 25th. So... that's freaking legit. She's so awesome! At work every day she Googles stuff about Mormonism. Obviously, that can be super sketchy. She's already told us that she's found a ton of anti stuff, but that it actually strengthens her testimony. I don't get exactly how that works, but I won't ask too many questions. I could say a ton more, but I forgot a lot of it. She's just too legit.

I really don't get this area. We asked our WML how other missionaries have generally gone about finding. He literally told us that they just go to the Institute building and "stuff just happens". What the heck does that mean? Well, I guess I could provide a couple examples:
The other day during companionship study we get a phone call from the ASU institute. The dude told us that some kid named Sterling just waltzed right into the institute and said he wants to change his life, and is willing to make room in his schedule for anyone that will help him do that. What?

Even more, we're leaving the institute after Conference and the other Elders walk up to us and say they have a referral. Apparently they ran into a guy who was walking with their member friend. The nonmember guy walked up to them and said something to the effect of, "I want a copy of the Book of Mormon so I can read it, ponder it, and pray about it to know if it's true".
"Nah, we actually don't give those out."
Yeah RIGHT! Of course you can have a Book of Mormon! So legit!

Even MORE, is that there was a Chinese guy knocking on the doors of the institute during Conference. We have a Chinese-speaking sister from Taiwan in our zone who was there. The guy comes in and says he wants to learn more about the church, and so they plop him down right there and turn on General Conference in Chinese. WHAT THE HECK?! Missionary work is not like this. It's so weird. People just flock to us and get baptized. So awesome.

Another cool story: We were looking for this potential investigator out of our Area Book. We knock on the door and ask for Steven. The guy tells us that Steven doesn't live there. Obviously, we can't just walk away without inviting him to hear the message so we just throw out, "Hey, wanna hear our message?" The guy says "yeah, sure!" and we set up an appointment. That's the abbreviated version, but still legit.

As for General Conference itself... I don't know where to start, so I probably won't. It was awesome. I only have one more. Can you believe it? One more.

Anyway, that about sums up my week. Hope everyone's doing well!
Loooove ya.

-Elder Cox

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