Monday, April 11, 2016

Hey Guys! It's been a great week actually!!!

It started last Monday when we had a great p-day. We had a lesson halfway through the day so we ended up just working during the afternoon which meant that we had the whole night free. So we ended up getting home and deciding to watch the Testaments as part of movie night. It was pretty fun and a nice little night in per say. 

On Tuesday we taught a lesson to an old man that lives in basically a scary looking attic. It's all dusty and doesn't look like it's been cleaned that much... But he's a nice guy. So we actually spent a lot of time during that lesson trying to clear up his doubts about receiving an answer and knowing that the church is true. It's actually a wonder that the more I explain the process of developing faith and receiving an answer to a question the more sense it makes to me. It makes complete sense! In the world, even small children understand that you have to work for things. Parents have jobs to pay for the house while children do well in school so they can receive gold stars on their work. It's a process of works and results. When we pray to Heavenly Father and exercise faith through obeying commandments He blesses us with an answer to our question and blesses us with more faith so that we are able to exercise more faith and receive more answers. It's a completely fair process and it correlates perfectly. And then it isn't. Because although nothing is lost when He gives us answers (because knowledge can only be shared not taken away) we can receive so much more than is given. The peace from the knowledge he gives us and the comfort we can feel through that peace is unattainable anywhere else. It comforts me to know that Heavenly Father has a process set up for us to receive answers and comfort therein. One which is completely fair but blessedly unfair at the same time. Anyways, the rest of that day was great too. We found a lady that was really interested and who invited us back to meet the rest of her family so we'll see how that goes!

Wednesday we were out contacting and we found a guy and a girl from Luxembourg who talked to us for about an hour and 45 mins about basically everything! Like, if they had had a testimony of everything we'd said they could have been baptised. Or at least they would have had all the required missionary lessons. It was a really nice talk and the man was actually really interested. They both gave us their emails and told us to email them sometime so that was pretty positive.

On Thursday we had quite a normal day of contacting, a lesson fell through but instead we found an old investigator and made a return appointment. The biggest thing that happened was that we had ward council on Thursday and the Branch President showed everyone the stats of the ward and it made me and Elder Leigh realize how many inactive there are and I guess we felt pretty inspired because we've now started to contact inactive and really started making that a part of out weekly planning. 

On Friday we had weekly planning and then interviews in the afternoon. It was a really fun day and it was actually, for terrorist reasons, the first time that I was able to meet my district this transfer and they're great. It was soooo much fun. 

Elder Serra

 Photos!!! Yaaaaay!!!

After a hard day's work

WE found a cool windmill in the middle of a city!!!

Lesson with Anthony, he's the best!

And some selfies just for fun while Elder Leigh was in the toilet!!

And the Doezie family visiting from Southern California!! They had the pleasure to attend church with us in Brugge on Sunday!!!!!!! 

Hello peeps!

Well this week was.... something... :P So It started out really great. On Tuesday we had a great day where we went around Brugge contacting the potentials we found the week before. We found about 11 people last week and that meant that we had a lot of work to do on Tuesday. At the end of the day we ended up getting in contacting with a potential who let us in right then. We said we didn't want to take up too much time so we gave her an explanation about the Book of Mormon and made an appointment for the next day. 

On Wednesday we had two great member presents with a potential we found last week as well and with this lady (Maggie). The first lesson was great and then we went over to Maggie. We taught her the Restoration and about how to receive answers to your prayers. We then had her pray. We asked her if it would be okay if we could be silent for a little bit after the prayer so she could have time to think. After the prayer we were quiet for a second and then she started crying! Now don't get me wrong when someone is crying that's usually bad, but it was great to see her feel the Spirit. She asked us why it was that she felt like that and then we were able to testify about the Spirit. It was a great lesson. It really showed me that the Spirit really can give answers right away. When we exercise enough faith in Him, He will always give us an answer. 

On Thursday we had a great day in another small town called Gistel. While we were doing some look-ups in the area we looked up a lady that had talked to us at the door for a very long time a few weeks ago. She let us in and we taught a great lesson and I don't know when but when we were talking I asked her if she thought she could receive an answer to her prayers and she said outright "No" and I asked her why. And, as if quoting Laman and Lemuel, she said 'God doesn't answer my questions, he doesn't just talk to us like that" I felt as if the experience with Maggie fueled the testimony I was able to give to her. That God answers prayers, that he can and will answer our pleas when they are sincerely spoken. That He is our Father and like a father, he will always answer the sincere questions of his children. That through the Spirit she could have a spiritual experience, right then and there, where God would let her know that the Book of Mormon and our message were true. That He would always answer, no matter the question and that it would be on his time. Yeah, that was a great lesson.

On Friday we taught a French Lesson. We brought a member along and he translated the lesson for us and the man in the family prayed and it sounded pretty sincere although I didn't understand a lot of what he said.

And then came Saturday. Saturday is usually great and this one seemed  like it would be even better. Because of CONFERENCE!!!! Normally on Saturdays we go to a small town and we go on splits with the members of our ward. In that town we are teaching 3 different people and so we were set to have three great member presents. However, before we even got to the town, 2 had already cancelled via text and when we looked up the second he wasn't home.... But hey, we still had Conference. We came to the chapel and we listened to Saturday Morning session and then went home. 

Sunday we had to work the whole  way (mostly) until 3:30 and then watch all the sessions of conference in one go because a member needed to use the only internet cable in our chapel. But it was okay because it meant we got to listen to President Uchtdorf spit out the funniest line in Conference ever. "For those under the deception they have to find the PERFECT woman before they can enter into serious courting or marriage, my beloved brethren, may I remind you, if there were a perfect woman, do you really think that she would be that interested in you?" That line made my day!

Well, thats it for this week
 Elder Serra