Thanksgiving here for me was wonderful. Our new mission president is a great guy and wants us to enjoy our time here in the mission field so he allowed us to do just that. At 7:00 am we went and took some off-road trails in our truck to get to this field that members were having a turkey bowl game at. There were WAY to many people there at the beginning but it went down to about 20 people towards the end and it was way better. I even caught the winning touchdown pass! After that we went and played some basketball at the church with some other missionaries. We were all pretty tired but made it work. I am trying to get decent at basketball because Shane, Statton, and Matt all love it and I know they won't want me on their team if I suck! The members we live with took us in for dinner which was nice because we didn't have to dress in church clothes and we didn't have to stay around for too long. Then we just hung out the rest of the night. Pretty sweet. We have way too many pumpkin pie left overs and too much turkey haha.
We taught our new investigator Brenda for the second time at Bishop Owens home. We wanted to teach her the restoration but when we tried to start the lesson with a prayer she wouldn't say it. We talked to her about it for a little and then it turned into the whole lesson on prayer. She didn't think she was worthy to receive answers to her prayers and even went as far to say that God wasn't even listening to her. We tried to help her understand it is an act of faith to pray. You have to show faith in God before he will manifest his answers to you. Faith is a huge aspect in all our church doctrine. Without faith you cannot move forward. You are stagnant. At the end of the lesson we felt she understood the doctrine of prayer and is ready to do it on her own. She will be and is amazing.
Bishop Owens in the Sun Valley is amazing. He is SO missionary oriented and is always trying to get people motivated to do it. He is a good example of it though so I think the invitations mean more. He talks the talk but man can he also walk the walk. He gave us a huge list of people to visit and we are working hard to make good things come from these potentially amazing investigators.
Christmas is right around the corner and the church is coming out with a whole new initiative called "He is the gift". Meaning that so much of the world has turned to stores and goods to try to find the joy that comes from the Christmas season but they are missing the whole point. Christ was the first and greatest gift that we could ever receive. With out him there is nothing. Whiteout him we can never return to life with our families forever. We have to discover him, embrace him and share the great message that he brought to the world.
I love you all and hope you have a great week. Talk to you soon
Until next week,
Elder Cole Safford