Monday, June 19, 2017

A Great Week in the YSA

I sure hope that everyone has had a great week with this weather heating up!  I heard it's getting hot back home?

Last Monday was a great day.  We were able to have 4 non members at the church playing basketball. It was really cool, we had the whole zone playing too.  It makes P-day feel a little more like missionary work when you have a purpose behind it, and still are working (playing) with investigators.  It really helps build that trust with them.  We were able to have Kora and Dede at dinner with us too, at the Kozak's.  Good ole Kozaks from the Saugus ward.  What great people!

Tuesday we were able to do an exchange with some of our district leaders, Elder Sosa and Elder Johnson.  I was with Elder Johnson in Canyon Country.  We were biking to and fro the places we were going.  We had a really good knockout.  We talked with some people who were really interested in the Gospel.We also were able to ask inspired questions to help people see the importance of the Gospel in one's life.  With Elder Johnson, we had a really good lesson with a part member family and we simply read from the Book of Mormon with them, but they had questions all ready to be answered.  It was so cool!

Exchanges with Elder Johnson

Cute Sister Aubrey and Elder Martin

Wednesday was filled with miracles.  After exchanging back, we had a really good lesson with Dede.  As we were nearing the invitation to be baptized, her brother walked up, also YSA age, and started asking questions.  How cool?  We also did a little message with a recent convert from a family ward, who has a down syndrome son, and she wants to share the Gospel with her sons caretaker.  We had a really spiritual moment with her, and made a little action plan to help her share the Gospel with him.

Thursday was district meeting, but we also had a really good knockout.  We got to skate a little bit with some kids, but also invited a lot of YSA's to church.  It was really hot, but it was good.  We had dinner, with a part member family, that went well.  We had some real good pupusas.

Friday we had interviews, and that is always good fun to sit and talk with Sister Henrie, while also role playing with the other missionaries as they come for their interviews.For lunch we went to Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant.  It was pretty good.  (Don't tell Elder Horito, I didn't want to go there, but it was good.)

Afterwards, we had yet another exchange, this time, with the assistants.  I was with Elder Call in Stevenson Ranch.  We had a really good knockout and were able to talk to a lot of people throughout the day. He's really good at talking with everyone, no matter the circumstance.

Exchanges with Elder Call

Saturday we were able to get out early.  We left earlier that 10 because there was coordination, but we started knocking doors right after.  It was a good couple of hours until it was about time to go back and study and then exchange back.  The second to last door that we knocked, we were able to find a girl named Calina, from Romania.  Her family just moved here a couple of months ago, and her family is yet to find a church that they are comfortable with here.  It was a good opportunity to teach and testify of the Gospel.  She was able to accept the things we taught and also accepted a soft baptismal date.  It was neat.  We exchanged back at a baptism.  It was a baptism for a 17 year old girl, and her family was there.  Her sister also had friends there who were YSA aga, and so we talked to them after the baptism to find out if they had interest i the Gospel.  It turns out, they do.  We eventually went and knocked on some doors and then had a quick appointment, then dinner with the Aubrey's.  Yet another great family from my first time in this area.  They spoiled me for my birthday, it was so nice of them!  So did Kora, she got me a pinata and some balloons.  Anyway, later that night we gold a hold of those friends from the earlier baptism, and we gave them a church tour of the YSA building.  Church tours really do help out so much!  It was a great day!

Sunday was your typical YSA Sunday.  It was good though.

It's been a really great week!
I love you all!

Elder Martin

Birthday pinata

"God sent you here to prepare for a future greater than anything you can imagine."  
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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