Alma 29:9

Alma 29:9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 21st letter

Hey Everyone,

Well I have to say that the last couple of weeks have probably been some of the hardest weeks of the mission. We are not having a ton of success, the work is moving slowly. It seems odd to me that me and Elder Harrington were paired together as a companionship, because neither of us are that great at spanish, and we both have less than a year in the mission.

We do have one piece of exciting news. We got a referral from a member and it turns out this guy wants to marry a member. The catch is the member said he needs to be baptized first. He has already received all the lessons from other missionaries and he wants to be baptized.  So the only thing is we have to get him to church.  Last week was Mothers Day so he went to visit his mom. Yesterday he went to Danli, I´m not sure why. So if we can just get him to church he´ll be ready for baptism.

Tuesday we had a Zone Conference with Elder Falabella of the 70.  He did kind of a Q & A, and he would expound and expound and expound on his answers.  But the thing I took most out of it was he talked about the success of the missionaries from the Book of Mormon. We know that some baptized thousands.  Then we read some verses in Alma where it talks about how Ammon used his converts to convert others. So we just need to focus on working with members more. We have been working with them but I realized how important they are.  Yesterday there were two members that walked up to us at church and told us that they have a referral for us. That was really exciting.  These members really do want to help.  We just need to give them the opportunity.

Yesterday I felt kind of bad, we were sitting in Preisthood meeting and our teacher never showed up.  Now in the old days (if you are a teenager) your saying "Awesome no class today." and take off... or at least that is what me and a bunch of other young men would be thinking.  But as a missionary I was sitting there and getting really nervous and anxious.  There were about 10 grown men in the class and not one of them wanted to take charge.  I thought that it was going to be thrown on to us, but the members know we have enough as is so none of them bothered asking us go up.  After about 10 minutes of just talking someone finally stood up and started leading a discussion.  I felt kind of bad for not stepping up, but I don´t feel like I have the ability yet to just choose a subject and give a lesson on the spot to Priesthood holders. That goes to show where I have room for improvement.

Thanks for all the support, your prayers are felt.

Elder Stone

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