Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Would you like to be Baptized?

Hello friends, how are you today? Unfortunately, almost all of our appointments fell through this week so there isn't a lot of interesting news to report. We were able to meet with Charles and Molly though. They are both doing great! We taught Charles about the Word of Wisdom and at first he was very much like "No, nope, this is never going to happen." But by the end of the lesson, he had really opened up to it and was willing to give it a try. He says he's going to start with alcohol though. Which is good but... not any different than what he's already doing. Oh well, I guess you've got to take what you can get right?  

This week we've had a lot of meetings but it has been good. We had interviews with President Miller and he asked us to ask our ward in ward council what we can do to make it more of a ward where we assist members in doing missionary work, rather than doing most of the work ourselves. We brought up the idea and got a few suggestions but nothing really solid. But, at least it's out there now. Also, if any of you have any ideas that would be most certainly accepted! 

When we met with Molly this week we were able to talk to her about a new bap date! She doesn't have one yet, she needs to talk to her mom, but she said it is something she wants to do as soon as possible! 

On Monday we spent the day in Las Cruces for a zone conference. Elder Bennett of the 70 came and talked to us from 10-5! It was super good though and I was personally chastised for not inviting people to be baptized on the first lesson. Ha, ok not really chastised but he asked why we don't always do it and I brought up how often times for me it's because I'm worried that the person will be defensive and surprised and not want to meet with us anymore. Ha and then he talked about that for like an hour. So I guess I had better do it huh?! He was saying though that what it really boils down to is that if they get freaked out and they're not ready, they're not ready, and regardless of when you asked, they would have said no. And that by putting it off, which is what they're expecting anyway, you're just making it uncomfortable for everyone and actually reducing their likelihood of saying yes, because they want to know why their not being straightforward with you. Kind of like an awkward, beat around the bush dtr. Besides, something Sister Dummar and I were talking about a bit before the meeting anyway was that when you ask someone to get baptized the first time, you really aren't even asking them to get baptized at all. What you say is when you find out these things are true, will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority of God. So, what you're really asking is, are you willing to change? If you knew for sure that this was the truth and that this was what God wanted, would you do anything about it? Because if you're not willing to change, if you're not going to do anything, what is the point of us coming to see you anyway? Elder Bennett said that if we started inviting at the first and every lesson that we would see the baptisms in our mission double. So! Here we go ha ha. 

Oh, Sister Dummar and I had hot chocolate this week made from egg nog instead of milk or water or whatever. It was actually not bad but holy cow was it rich! Well, I hope you all are doing awesome and loving Christmas! 



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