This week was good. We did a lot of working with the members. We are trying to teach them how to be missionaries in their own lives. It's going decent!
This is how we are doing it with them:
We will go in and being the Spirit through sharing the Joseph Smith story of some other lesson that we feel prompted to share. I've seen people in tears after we recite some of the Joseph Smith story. The spirit is super strong in the room and you can feel it. For those of you who don't know, US missionaries down here in South East Texas memorize pay off the Joseph Smith story and can and will recite it to everyone that we can. After this, we will ask them how's this knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel has helped them in their lives. We listen to them and their experiences. That's key to them feeling the Spirit. We will ask them who they know that can use a message about this or who could use this in their lives and then we will get a few names from them and keep track of them over the next little while. We then tell them this: we aren't going to visit them.
We want them to be the ones to do something with them, whether it's praying for them, giving them a pass along card, or inviting them to church or something else among those lines. We will role play with them about what they are going to do to give them confidence that they can actually do this. Then we will follow up with them whenever we see them next.
Members in the Ward are at different stages in their missionary work.
There are 4 main stages to their missionary work.
1. Pray and fast for investigators to have spiritual experiences and for members to have missionary opportunities.
2. Provider acts of kindness to people
3. Teach their friends doctrine.
4. Invite them to act.
Every single member is at a different point in this little scale. It's our job to help them get to the next step.
It froze this week! I'll send a picture of us (My district leader, Elder Ludlow and I on exchanges) with a frozen puddle. We were super excited!
Love yall verty much! Have a great week and remember to stick to your new years resolutions!