Monday, January 14, 2013

Power Companionship!

Холодно, я все еще здесь, и работа движется вдоль красиво! (Cool, I'm still here, and the work is moving along nicely!) Transfers came... Everybody changed... Except for us! President Hill has a lot of confidence and trust in our companionship, so we're going to work our butts off to get some baptisms this transfer.

I've been thinking a lot about the phrase in PMG "Nothing happens in missionary work until you find someone to teach." And with all that finding Elder Monroe and I have done while we've been together, we've got a LOT of lessons and a LOT of people to teach. Something we've been working on a lot this week is 10-minute Book of Mormon knocking lessons, and one night we found these three girls around our age that let us in and we gave an unforgettable Restoration lesson. BUT they wanted a Romanian Book of Mormon, so now the sisters are teaching them, but all that preparation paid off!

We met a lot of really cool people this week too. One of them was a referral who was supposed to be a girl around our age who was struggling with the death of her Dad, but we ended up teaching her mother, who just happens to be one of the nicest ladies I've met here. She's a doctor, a very deep believer in Christ, and has so much optimism with the situation she's in right now. Of course, I can't talk to you about the situation, but let's just say, it's a strange one. Some other people we met while knocking with the sisters (we knock with the sisters because it's not safe for them to knock by themselves.) One particular guy said that he goes around to hospitals to teach people the New Testament, but he never has had any to give away. So when we showed up at his door, he basically said that we were an answer to his prayer! How cool is that!? The problem was was that he wanted us to buy 20 New Testaments, but we can only get him 2. He wants us to come back though! So we'll see him again tomorrow. 

Our progressing investigator also said to us on one of our lessons that he would come to church so we don't look like bad missionaries, and I thought that was pretty funny. But he didn't show up... So hopefully next week! And thanks to the sisters, we have a NEW investigator. They talked to him while doing Internet one day, and he said he'd come to church. Well, he came (and stayed), and now we get to teach him! He's from Nigeria, he's very interested in what we have to say, and we have a meeting set up with him. Missionary work is so much better when we get to teach all day instead of finding. Of course, we still set aside time to find, but all these lessons are nice.

Our English class has also turned into an improv class. Yes, that's right, an IMPROV class. We decided that we don't know English grammar well enough to teach it, and that our students already know English very well. So we changed how we do things, and they LOVE it. It's hilarious to watch them act out random situations and it's definitely helping Elder Monroe and I create that close relationship needed before teaching the gospel. 

Heavenly Father is definitely testing my patience with myself and with the people I'm teaching. I'm so lucky to be having this experience right now, and my 6 month mark is in 4 days! Time flies when you're having fun, and Elder Monroe and I are absolutely having fun doing what we're supposed to be doing. It's crazy how the little things like 100% obedience and being humble really do make up the big things like turning investigators into progressing investigators and finding people to teach. I think that's it for this week, I hope I'm keeping you updated enough. I try to get as much as I can in during this short time, but I love you all and have a great week!

-Elder Farnworth

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