Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012 Sherlock 2

I am staying here in Syracuse for another transfer! (Well until my Visa comes in approx 2 weeks) I have felt much better since last P-Day's Sickness. The only aftereffects are me being really tired. But the Works goes on.

A lot of people ask me what serving a mission in Utah is like. Well I suppose it is different than most missions because we know already where all of the nonmembers are. But there is a lot of Detective work to it. Thus . . .
Sherlock 2
A Study in a Utah Mission*
Elder Polendo and I cover a stake with eight wards. (The name of our stake and stake president is in this article in the Ensign - link) We first meet with all of the ward leaders. In one of the wards we got an assignment from the Relief Society President to visit a recently reactivated member named Christine. So we went over, her house was decorated with Easter Island heads on the outside - very cool. We knocked and rang but she wasn't home. We tried again at a later hour but again she was not home. So we decided to ask her neighbor (The ward's last Relief Society President ha ha) if she could arrange a visit for us. She didn't return her phone calls so we decided not to continue bugging her.

We try and always ask every person we meet with for referrals. It says to do that in Preach My Gospel, but isn't usually too effective in Utah where we think everyone is a member. (WRONG by the way).  We did that with a recently returned missionary couple and they again mentioned Christine. Ok, we thought, maybe we should try and meet with her again. We again talked with the former Relief Society President and she was successful in setting up a visit. Christine's neighbor told us that Christine had questions about the Priesthood. So we set up the appointment time and waited until then.

We went over with the neighbor couple to visit her. We had a very strong spiritual experience. She had come a long way as far as changing her life after several years of inactivity. We committed her to listen to the missionary lessons because they really are the foundation of what we believe in this gospel. We also had the opportunity to give her a blessing after explaining the priesthood. We usually give about a blessing every week because of various circumstances and events.

Being a missionary here can also be very hard. We are almost never the first impression someone has had of the church.  People are either active members and love us or are non members who have been approached by their neighbors several times about the church. We have been finding a lot of people to teach though leader references, but also a lot of dead ends. Sometimes I get frustrated and feel like there is no one for us to visit, but by the end of the day I usually am overwhelmed by the amount of things that I can do. This work really is guided by the Lord and we are starting to find a LOT of people to teach, and not just Less Active members.

3 Nephi 27: 29 Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

*A cool note about Sherlock is in the first Sherlock story, A Study in Scarlett, mentions Utah and Mormons . . . not very kindly though.

Elder Taylor Ball

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