This has been a great week! I love my companion!! Things go so well when you get along with a companion.
I don't recall much from this week, but we had one experience that I will never forget. We are both new to this area, so we are really trying to get acquainted with people and to get the work rolling forward. Furthermore, because we are really close friends, there is a common feeling among many that we won't get anything done. So that makes it all the more important that we work hard and make things happen.
While we were doing our weekly planning, we started to send text messages to all of the potential investigators in the area book to see if they would be interested in meeting with us. We got a good number of replies but one in particular stuck out. He told us that he was planning on going to church that Sunday and that he was also planning to go to the Phoenix Temple Open House the next day (last day it's open). We asked if he had a ride to the open house because we would love to take him. He said that he didn't have a ride yet, so we told him that we would find one for him. He was very grateful and said that we were an answer to his prayer.
Well, we went to the open house with him the next day, and we learned about what he meant by "an answer to his prayer". It turns out that he really wanted to go to the open house (he loved the open house in Gilbert and wanted to see the Phoenix temple also), but he didn't know how he could get there. He prayed and here is the exciting part, as he closed his prayer, he received our text message. After not having contact from missionaries (or anyone in the church) since April; he received our text after praying. He was blown away.
We visited with him again on Sunday, and he really wants to get baptized before the dedication of the temple so that he can be able to view it. He remembers a great deal from when he was taught by missionaries in the past. He reads the church magazines and watches every General Conference. We are so grateful to have been able to be an answer to his prayers at this time.
In a way, he was an answer to our prayers as well. My companion and I have become fast friends. Our friendship has caused a little skepticism with some that we might not be able to do the Lord's work. This has caused us to have a great desire to do the Lord’s work well. We want Him to be proud of the work we do.
The Lord knows his children and although others may forget about someone, He never will. This man; a son of our Heavenly Father was lost from gaining further knowledge of the gospel for a time as the ward and the missionaries seemed to have forgotten him. But the Lord helped us to find him again. We are very happy.
These next couple of months are going to go really well.
Love you all.