Hello! Well no transfer for me! I have been called to train again on top of my district leader duties. President Gelwix says he has a great trust in me and wants to have me train again which I am really excited for! I think it's always fun to get a new companion who has that deer in the headlights look the first day they get here!
Yesterday hit 114 degrees! It was a furnace! When you knock peoples doors and you have sweat dripping of the tip of your noes I think it makes them a bit hesitant to let you in!
This week, Elder Arredondo and I had an absolute miracle! We were still having some struggles with finding some real strong investigators. This past Thursday Elder Arredondo decided to read one of our favorite talks, "The Challenging and Testifying Missionary". We really felt the spirit come over us and knew that we would see a miracle! We set out on our day with a firm prayer that we could find someone who is ready to be baptized right now! All day we went through the heat knocking doors and knocking doors and having appointments fall through. We were pretty depressed thinking why are we having such bad luck right now? We have worked so hard. As Elder Arredodno and I were walking to the library to print out his driving record, we saw a woman sitting under a tree who looked a little upset. We approached her and said we were representatives of Jesus Christ and asked if we could say a prayer. She looked up at us a little shocked and said she would love a prayer. We offered that prayer and as soon as we finished she was sobbing, saying how hard this week has been for her after losing one of her close friends. We sat down with her and shared the Plan of Salvation. The spirit was so strong as we talked about the Celestial Kingdom and having that chance to return to live with our families again. We invited her to church this Sunday and she said yes!
Our day was starting to turn around but we still knew someone was out there. After dinner Elder Arredondo and I went by to see a former investigator. As we knocked no one answered and we headed back to the street, when all the sudden we see a man walking towards us. He asked if we were the missionaries from the church that uses the Book of Mormon and we said yes we are. He went on to tell us that he had just moved from Mexico a week ago, and had been taught by the missionaries over there. He said I love that book I don't know what it is but I feel good when I read it. He said he had also gone to church with the missionaries over in Mexico. My companion and I looked at each other and smiled. We walked with him back to his house and we shared a message with him about baptism. He said he had not been baptized and we testified of the need to be baptized by the priesthood authority of God, the spirit swept in and we invited him to be baptized. He said, "yes, I don't not want to miss this opportunity again! right now we are helping him change his work schedule so he can be baptized soon". It was such a miracle! I know God is a god of miracles when we pray and ask in faith we will see them! But it isn't until after that trial of our faith! I have seen such great things happen in this area of Reedley and I know obedience to the mission rules and commandments has helped us through everything!
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Elder Tanner Aiken