This week was great!
We had exchanges on Wednesday. I was with Elder Draycott in their area while Elder Chiliza and Elder SS were in ours. This was my first exchange outside of my own proselyting area and the first time driving around in a car. It was awesome! There's no stress about appointments and the like because it's not your area and sitting in a car is pretty comfortable haha. But actually I like being a walking missionary more. You just feel more on the peoples' level and are able to greet people and talk to more people. Both companionships did great work that day. Exchanges are always a bit refreshing.
Eish on Thursday we had a crazyyy experience. We met a man on the road the other day who was a less-active member and a brother to a RM (Returned Missionary) that comes to our ward sometimes. We scheduled to see him on Thursday and discuss why he left the church and the like. Well we met with him and it sounds like he left the church officially because of not getting money (PEF-perpetual education funds) for school because the Branch President wanted him to go on mission first. But now he has started to "pray for people so they can receive healing". Basically he is some sort of pastor or prophet or the like. He knows the church very well and uses that knowledge now for his apostate stuff. Like he heals people by the laying on of hands. It was just really disturbing because he knows what he is doing is wrong and against what he believed and we were meeting with him in some dark room and it was just creepy all together...We see some interesting things here..
|Sure could use our electric popcorn popper!|
On Saturday the stake had a movie activity to watch "Meet the Mormons". It has been advertised for a month now and we had about 40 members/investigators from our ward attend so it was pretty great. They all took a bus together which was another story of stress that I won't include here. But during the movie we didn't even watch because we were back in the kitchen popping popcorn for everyone to have as part of the refreshments. 2 trash bags full and much much more. It was soo much popcorn and so fun with all the other missionaries haha.
As for a great teaching experience this week, we taught lots a good families but yesterday we taught this father with his daughter and focused so much on the Book of Mormon because I guess he has been studying "systematic theology" (possibly to become a pastor) but he had lots of questions we got to answer and now he will be reading.
The search for serious investigators still continues!Being a missionary rocks.
Elder Grant Hiltbrand