Elder Sanders

Elder Sanders

Monday, May 21, 2012

Week #42

Good Afternoon one and all!  I`d say that this has been a stupendous week!  Very busy, and rather tough!

Ok, this week was rather good, we did some contacting and visited a lot with the members, all for the purpose of trying to find someone to teach.  So, without success, we decided to sit down and have a major study session on what we can do to find new people.  And then it struck like lightning!  My companion received revelation that it would be swell to try contacting with a member, to give us a hand with Quichua and to serve as an extra witness to the gospel for the people.  So, this last week we gave it a shot and brought out a member that is preparing to serve a mission.  We only hit 2 houses until magic struck! We had found a family of 5!!!  Apparently, they had listened to missionaries about a year or so ago, and they are interested to start listening again!  WOOT!!!   So, keep the family  in mind, for shall return to teach them this next week.

So, in our sectors there are only a few buses or so, but we find that we are walking the majority of the time.  And we are just plain tired!  (Only missionaries that work hard feel tired, haha!  :) ) , But, our area is pretty safe so we usually travel everywhere on foot without worries of being mugged by anyone.    And yes, my companion and I are just a mighty team of wonder!  We are getting along great, and we both are working hard.  I`m actually in his last days, because he goes home in 2 changes! GASP! But it would be great to stick with him here until he goes home, for this place is just spiffing!

Alrighty then, you guys asked what`s one detail of an aspect from the mission, so here`s a bit on contacting!  So, in the morning, when we are planning and find that there are holes between lessons planned, we decide to devote that time to contact!  We usually trek out to a place where we haven`t spent much time or don`t know very well, and start knocking on doors.  (Or we could talk to people on buses, in stores, or in the street, but I like door contacts the best).   When we find someone who answers, we usually ask how they are, and give them an introduction on who we are and why we`re there.  And from then on, we usually act based on how we feel.  Sometimes we testify, sometimes we share a part of a lesson, or we even `machete` them (AKA chastize) a little, always asking if they are interested or if we can come in to share something with them.   About 90% of the time it`s a rejection, whether they reject us before we can speak or after we testify a bit, but the majority of the time we just plan a return visit, and we seldom get into a house within our first contact with them.  But hey! It happens, just like the family we found this week!

But!  I fear that is all the time I have for the moment, so I`ll just have to see you all, IN PERSON, this SATURDAY!!! MEAT!

-Elder Sanders

Here are some pics of a ward mission work activity that we had, my companion wearing Ottavalian attire in our house, me in a junglish part of our sector, a quick letter for mom, and me EATING A SNAIL! Just like candy!

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