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Monday, August 5, 2013
As I'm looking at my planner where I usually write down the cool things that happened during the week, there's nothing there. Plenty of awesome things happened this week, but I just don't have the time to write them down! This is the second to last letter from me on my mission. Time goes fast! I feel a lot of different things, but I'm looking forward to the next chapter of life.
This week we taught Harmony after her week long vacation in Hawaii. Harmony was baptized as a baby in the Catholic church, converted to Judaism in her teens, and now she has a baptismal date for August 24th! She started investigating after a member family in Tracy began having her over for family home evenings, family scripture study and prayer, and church activities. She has been praying to know if Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and her prayers were answered in Hawaii! We are very impressed by her faith and desire. She has really demonstrated "real intent" (Moroni 10:4). I feel like I've realized again how much sincerity plays a part in one's conversion -- the Lord requires that we really want to know, that we desire fervently, before He will answer our prayers.
Another one of our investigators Ali dropped us this week. She kept commitments like reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending church (which is half the battle) but she didn't feel like she received an answer. Elder Fullwood and I could see outward results from her, ie she was happier than before she began doing these things, but Ali didn't feel like that was an answer from God. We asked her, "Do you really want to know? If you knew it was true, would you change?" and she flat-out told us "No." That's why God didn't answer her prayers.
We also went to mission leadership council with President and Sister Lewis this week. I sure am going to miss these opportunities to learn from them.
Last Sunday when Ryan was confirmed, another family brought their neighbors and friends to sacrament meeting. The Yangs were taught by missionaries eight years ago and when they found out their neighbors were Mormon they asked if they could come to church with them! We have been teaching them, and the father Sunny and his son Jim will be baptized after church next Sunday! We are so happy. It's just incredible to see the ways that Heavenly Father sends us blessings. I love this work.
Elder Chris Andrew
California Sacramento Mission
8267 Deseret Ave
Fair Oaks, CA 95628