Monday, October 12, 2015

Esta semana fue una montana rusa

First of all my ponderize scripture this week is Alma 38:5.

And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

 I found it yesterday during personal study, and it was so good I just had to choose it. Especially in light of how hard this week was at moments. It is so true though that as we put our trust in God, we are helped. 

I was talking to some of the young women in the branch after church yesterday. And I was asking them why when 3 of their siblings don’t come to church, they still chose to come to church, even when they aren’t forced too. They said that what they see happen with their siblings is that as they go through hard times, they don’t seem to be able to cope with it as much. But when these girls go through hard times, they are able to cope with it better. 

So this week was good, and bad. 

We taught Jesica on Tuesday, and we got her to commit to baptism on Nov. 7! So we are super stoked about that. But she promised to come to church, and we even stopped by and reminder her before it started, and she still didn’t show up. So up and then down. We are still hopeful that she progresses. We fasted for her yesterday.

So Wednesday we had a ways to bike from a less actives house, to Choba's. And half way there, my bike tire popped again. So I was just like whatever, and locked it to a street sign and started walking. Then some nice member from the Chicago mission gave us a lift to Chobas. Then we called the Elders Quorum President to help us out with the bikes cuz he has a truck. He picked us up and then we went for the bikes. Then we got to the bike shop and it was CLOSED! Ugh. So ya. But then he gave us a lift on Thursday morning to the bike shop. I just replaced the tube and the tire cuz I was sick of repairing it. It was like the 10th flat this past month! So hopefully I don’t have any more problems!

So I have loved teaching English class, but at the same time we haven’t gotten any investigators from it, so I was wondering if it was a worthwhile effort. But this week one of the students that really wants to learn texted us and told us that we have really helped her draw closer to God again through our example. So that was awesome! So example is really strong! Even though we only share scriptures with them at the beginning, and then share English grammar and words. We can help people increase their faith.

Saturday was probably one of the hardest days I have had in my mission. We drove out to Bristol which is like 10 miles away, and the lesson fell through. So we started tracting and no one answered. Then we had a good lesson with this lady named Laura, she could have some potential.  Then there was absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. We tracted and no one answered. Tried going by potentials and less actives, no one answered. It was just awful! But I got through it, and it is over so that’s nice. 

Yesterday was good, we had dinner with a less active, and she made this twist on mole which was good. I really enjoy less actives. But even better was the fact that they said they are coming to church this next Sunday!!!!!!!

Also yesterday one less active that was like completely not interested in the church just showed up! So we got an appointment with her :) 

Love you all!

Elder Porter

Studs at the Lake

Potted dog anyone?

Out for a treat


With Juan - the Branch Mission Leader

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