Monday, December 8, 2014

Peoria Week 67 *November 24, 2014

Hey family and friends!

This week was an answer to prayers on behalf of my companion and I. We were starting to struggle just a little but here only covering the Young Single Adult ward because there is only so much you can do to find new people to teach if members of the ward are not giving you ideas of friends and neighbors. I'm not bashing on the ward, all I'm saying is that the teaching was getting pretty slim and the future didn't look too bright. We prayed and fasted a bunch for a miracle. God is pretty mysterious at some points in time and with certain answers. He came through but not in the way that we thought. We wanted new investigators for the YSA ward but instead we went to the transfer meeting and were assigned a family ward to cover on top of covering the YSA! We now have so much work to do that we don't have enough time in the day to keep up with it all! It is probably one of the best problems that we could have. This doesn't mean that we stop trying to find people to go to the YSA and just forget about that obligation. But it does mean that we have plenty of teaching opportunities in the family ward to keep us busy while we seek for more YSA teaching. 

We started off on Saturday teaching an investigator that had taken a "break" from the missionaries in the past. Bishop Owens had his home open to us to teach her and it went amazing. We wanted to get to know her and her story and lucky for us she was an open book. She spilled the beans and really let us know everything. It was really a great experience. We taught her about faith and used chapter 32 in the book of Alma. She responded very well and understood the need to exercise her desire and build her faith. At the end of the lesson we invited her to be baptized and she said yes. We told her to pray about a date, so next time we meet with her we will be set to go!  She really is a great lady and is moving forward fast. 

Other then that we really haven't had too many things that are worthwhile to write about. Not that they weren't great, they just happen so often I don't want to repeat myself. Missionary work is great. There is no doubt about that. It is hard and frustrating at times but fulfilling. I know that this is were I need to be and where many 19 year olds need to be. My life is changed for the better and I couldn't be more thankful. This season is one of blessings and giving thanks. But that shouldn't be the only time of the year we do it. Thank you to everyone that has gotten me this far. It has been great and will continue to be. Love you all! I hope you have an amazing thanksgiving and I will write some exciting things next week. 

Until next week,
Elder Cole Safford

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