Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 83 - I love Easter!!

Hey everyone! So the last seven days have been interesting. We have been counting contacts recently as a zone, which means every time we invite someone to learn more or give them a card or something, we make note of it. Each week we try to break our previous high score and it's been awesome! We have been talking to everyone!! So we definitely felt like we were fulfilling our purpose as missionaries. Unfortunately, we didn't get to teach very many lessons, but we did set a lot of appointments for this coming week, so it's looking like nex​t week will be a lot better.

Although it's been unusually slow here recently, we still aren't too discouraged because we still come home tired at the end of the day knowing that we did all we could do. Of course we can always do better and are always looking for ways to improve, but we are determined to not let the poor decisions of others affect our demeanor :)

I love Easter!! It has been great to get to share the new #Hallelujah video with everyone. Holidays are such great opportunities to do missionary work. This couple named Daniel and Tamela allowed us to share it with them yesterday. They are super cool and nice but Daniel didn't seem super interested. However, once we showed the video, he asked a couple questions about the Book of Mormon, which led into a brief discussion on what it is and how it can strengthen their faith! It was pretty cool. It wasn't a very long visit, but it was still cool because he might be a little more open to meeting in the next couple of weeks now. Woohoo!

I don't know if I've mentioned him in the past, but for the past few months we've been meeting with a man named Ben, who is a Pentecostal pastor. He is the nicest guy ever and his family is super cool too, but on Monday we met with him and agreed to disagree. He is really sincere and wants to know what is true, but is just so involved with his church and already has so many opinions that we felt we weren't really going anywhere. He was cool about it and ended up inviting us to his church during the evening on Easter... so we went! It was completely different from our church services, let me tell ya... haha it was pretty fun though. Everyone was super welcoming! There was lots of loud singing and preaching and speaking in tongues and hand clapping. It was a different experience, but I definitely appreciated their enthusiasm and sincerity :) Good times!!

It's been a good week! We were able to talk to a lot of people each day and were able to see lots of small miracles. I know Jesus Christ lives today and that because he rose on the third day, we too can live again with our families for eternity :)

Love, Elder Hayes

Photo: Elder Cheney, Ben, and me!!

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