Archive for January, 2011

This week we truly blew up Rosenberg

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2011 by Nichole (Blake's sister)
Things are going so great.  Here is a little bit of my President’s email.  Some of it may not make sense because it is mission lingo, but you’ll get the jist of it.
Well President, I’m so excited!  Things are really going great.  This week we truly blew up Rosenberg. Our dilligence and faith are paying off and I can’t wait to see what else can happen.  We are focusing on being well-rounded missionaries, and even though it is exhausting, our skills, talents, abilities and area are improving 10 fold.  It’s so cool.  The trick now is to keep things going.

We were able to get a referral from the spanish Elders for a family of 8.  There is a single dad and he has 7 children ages 10-18.  We had been trying to get ahold of them for a couple weeks but could never catch them at home.  We finally, this past week caught them and they invited us right in.  The Spanish Elders told us that the smaller children and the dad are really interested, but the oldest girls did not want anything to do with it.  We sat down and tried to get to know them a little bit better.  The girls were a little stand-offish at first, but we tried to get them to open up.  The dad told us that he and his son went to the library to look at stuff online and the 12 year old boy asked what the mormon website was.  They couldn’t find it.  They told us this story and we happened to have the I’m a Mormon CD with us.  We popped it in and invited the whole family to watch.  We watched Paris, and the oldest daughter was deeply touched because she too is a high school drop-out.  She then was really interested to sit in and participate as we taught the restoration.  The spirit was so strong, and the entire family accepted a date for January 29th.  I have been praying what might be keeping them from church, and I think one of the things is them not having any clothes…. so we are going to work on that so they can come to church.  They are super excited to get baptized, we just need to get them to church!  It was a really cool experience.

Update on Miracle List:  We came up with our 10 names and prayed and started to come up with the 3 focus’.  2 of them were rather easy, but as we were working on the third, a thought came into my mind of an older active couple, the “S’s”, that really hasn’t had much to do with the missionaries that we didn’t even include on our list of 10.  I talked to Elder Piercy and we decided that they needed to be a focus.  We weren’t sure how we were going to include them, but we knew it would take a miracle.  Yesterday, at church, we found a lady, named “L”, sitting in the pugh’s as we walked in before Sacrament.  She has never been to the church before, but she said “she is a sinner and needs Jesus Christ in her life and wants to do whatever is neccesary to get him, including baptism. We talked to her and she is addicted to drugs and alcohol and wants to change.  We sat with her in Sacrament and “Bro. S” got up to bear his testimony.  He began to say how grateful he and his wife are for their callings, because it has changed their life.  He told us that they are the stake representatives for the Addiction Recovery Program and go around helping people overcome these things.  At that point it hit me,  I then knew how we were going to use our third miracle list family, it was for this lady “L”, and the Lord opened up a miracle.  It was so cool.  More info on that to come.

Meals: Our meal appointments are becoming so effective.  We are still working on getting members to invite people in their homes.  It’s a work in progress, but we are seeing great things happen.  As we share the Mormon.org DVD with them, we are getting more and more referrals each time.  It is fantastic!

The Rescue:  We had a long conversation with our bishopric and ward mission leader yesterday.  Our Ward holds Ward Council during the week and so we have to rely on our Mission Leader to relay messges.  We are going to be going over the Ward Council Process this week with him, so that he can present it to the Ward Council.  We also talked with the Bishopric about doing a “Ward Council Test Family.”   There is a part-member family, named the “O” family, that we want to work with so this will be a great opportunity for the Ward Council involved.  The Bishopric is going to come up with homes of members that they can get into and get this rolling.  It’ll be great.  Also, more info on this will come later.

Goldmining:  We have been focusing on all of our recent converts and getting them involved.  “J” was a superstar in sunday school yesterday in bearing his testimony to this woman “L” about the Love of Jesus Christ.  “F”, another recent convert, went up and comforted her as she was crying and said that ever since she joined the church 4 months ago, she has had the best Christmas and holidays of her life.  She doesn’t feel alone because she knows she is part of the true church and that “L” can find that comfort too.  We also are teaching “F’s” Granddaughters and they are preparing to be baptized on Jan. 29th as well.  “F” is referring people left and right for the missionaries to go visit.  It is great.

So as you can see, we are doing great!  We too are so excited that we get to be together again for another transfer.  We don’t want to leave each other.
Another New Years come and gone…. that’s crazy.  I’ll be home for the next one!  Here are some funny pictures of our new years eve.
It’s been cold here, not that cold, but cold. I did get everyone’s cards.  Tell them all thank you so much!  I appreciate it!
Time is flying by so fast!  I can’t believe it!  I hope y’all have a good week!  I’ll talk to you again soon! Love ya!
Love Blake