Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I was extremely happy with the twenty new investigators we had last week, but I thought "no, we couldn't possibly maintain that number when our average has been ten." I am happy to be proven wrong. We ended this week with twenty two new investigators! A new record since I have been here. The zone is working really hard. We had the chance this week to go on exchanges with all of our District Leaders. It is a great experience to see how their areas are doing and how we can help each other improve. It has also been an interesting experience going to the Spanish wards on exchanges. I feel pretty useless in most of the lessons we teach, but the food is really good. :) It seems that we are always trying to come up with ways to help the zone. One of the ways we have come up with has been a zone competition titled "FONTIKI." As a zone we are setting goals each week and when we accomplish them we move one more step up the Island of FONTIKI. We also have a companionship competition. The companionship who invites investigators to be baptized on a specific date at the most first appointments gets to hold on to the sought after tiki mask for the week. The companionship who wins at the end gets to keep the mask and they will be the guests of honor at THE ZONE LUAH WE WILL HAVE! (assuming we make it to the top of the island by the end.) We have talked to the Palmetto Tongan Ward and we will have entertainment and some Bwaka (a pig). Our zone is pumped for it. In other news we had a great miracle happen in our area this last week when we went to an appointment to see the Carrols. They are a part member family that we started teaching. Casey, our investigator, is a lot more solid than I thought. We asked "how has the Book of Mormon reading been coming." She said "really good! i'm in 2 Nephi chapter 10. I am doing a program where I will finish it in thirty days." As you can imagine that doesn't happen to often among the people we teach. Towards the end of teaching the restoration I asked "Casey have you felt the spirit before?" She explained that she has never felt anything that she could call the spirit until sunday. She has been to church many times in other places that they have lived but she said that this experience was different than all the rest. She said that during one of the talks at church an overwhelming feeling came over her. She said that everything that was happening became clear and she new this was the right thing to do. I asked do you feel like this was your confirmation to be baptized. She said "yes." Unfortunetly they will be out of town quite a bit and she has requested more time than most do before her baptism, so we set her date for March 16th. I am confident she will be baptized on that day. As a side note we had a breakfast with the zone this morning where we had Brother Miller of the stake presidency speak to us and get us ready for a great week. This next week we will have zone confernence and a few other things. AMANDA CONGRATS ON THE MISSION CALL! That mission sounds perfect for you. (well I know it is:) Spanish sisters are rare. In fact our mission has never had one. We are getting our first spanish sister this next transfer. If your mission is similar to ours in that respect your trainer will be a speaker of spanish already (maybe even foreign.) I would love to have you as a sister in our zone, but I guess your my sister wherever you are. :) Thank you all for reading.