this week we decided to start teaching lessons right in the road at the first contact, cause usually our attempt is like "hey we have a sick message about Jesus, did you know you can live forever with your family?" then they say "not interested" then they leave. BUT we changed it to "HEY. you know how much god loves you? the answer is SO much. in fact he loves you and the rest of the world, his children, so much that he gives us direction through a modern prophet. you know Moses and Noah and all those other bearded dudes" "yeah" "what did they do even?" "helped the people talk to god? i dont know" yeah exactly! they were leaders, or guides you could say! and they spoke to god and then told the people what god wanted them to hear...." etc.. yeah! people are alot more interested. and even since doing that we suck at it, but of the like 5 times we actually did it we got lessons and 4 of those 5 times we got new investigators.
our district trainer/my comp prepared a sick training about being someones hero, and how you dont have to be stronger or braver than anybody else, you just have to be braver for 5 minutes longer. so every night we called the district and asked them what they did to be a hero that day and it was sweet! tons of boldness and just working outside of the box, it was sweet! :) for instance, we were teaching this lady and she wasnt too interested, but we decided to teach the lesson in the street to reel her in ya know? then as she started getting interested her bus came so she like booked it through the street! i was NOT about to let this new investigator sneak off so i pretty much jumped over 3 cars and did a triple flip over a moped to give her a card with our phone number on it. it was intense. she hasnt called yet, but still, it was potentially heroic! we also made a lady cry during a street contact. in a good way, shes super depressed and elder christiansen said his dad has been depressed since he was 13 and that the only thing that really helped him was our message of the gospel, and she was like okay im interested. then we prayed with her and she literally vocally sobbed during my prayer. it was LEGIT.
we have a new member from sierra lyon(spelling?) named esther, she is a refugee staying in an appartment owned by france for refugees. in her apartment she has a friend named esther from nigeria, (yes 2 esthers, its ridiculous) but they both only speak english, so we translate all day sunday. its killer. plus they both have a son under 3. it is so ridiculous. every monday we have family home evening at the church with the single adults, and we were trying to decide who we should invite, and we had the idea to invite the esthers, but we decided to hold their own family home evening at their place so we dont have to translate everything and so they dont have to ride the bus with the kids. its just easier! so when we went to their house to suggest the idea they had another friend who wants to have the discussions! so dope! i love african people! but so at church, because it was fast and testimony meeting i told them that if they wanted to bear their testimonies i would translate for them, and esther(the member) totally got up and bore her testimony! that was sweet! i just stood beside her and translated it, and she talkied about how greatful she is for the church and for the missionaries cause she doesnt have a family and we told her we would do family home evening with her, and she started crying and i was translating and i teared up, it was just really cool to see how much little ideas and promptings we follow can really affect people. i was not expecting her to be that greatful! but it was sweet! i dont know, today was such a good week :)
i love you all and i wish you the best, dont forget about me, be safe and remember whats really important in life! (the answer is Gospel)
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Kaden Butter-Smooth Oviatt