Monday, June 20, 2016

Week 95 - Jesus Christ lives and this is His work!

WOW!!! Normally, really good weeks are guaranteed to be super slow, but this week was somehow even MORE busy than last week!! We are sooo blessed!

It all started on WednesdayWednesday we had a day filled with appointments. There was literally nothing else, just appointment after appointment! So usually you look at a day and it's pretty safe to assume that at least half will fall through or cancel or something. But out of the seven appointments, only ONE didn't work out! SO we were teaching nonstop and it was honestly exhausting! Haha but it was amazing.

We found two really cool people! One is Jean (yes, as in Jean Valjean) and he is from the Congo and speaks French! He is very humble and says he never turns anyone way who is teaching about the Savior. We got to teach him a couple times this week and he is very intrigued by the Book of Mormon and really wants to find out for himself if it's true.

Then there's Kalilu! He is from Sierra Leone and during our first lesson with him, he actually mentioned how he had a Mormon friend back home who assured him that missionaries would find him in the US! And we happened to walk by his apartment while he was outside :) After we shared the Restoration with him, he said (and I quote), "My heart tells me that everything you have taught me is true". WHAT!! We were like is this real, lol :) He is really cool and meant to come to church this Sunday but had a small emergency last minute. But we are really excited to see if he is willing to work towards baptism!

That same night (this is still Wednesday) we had a lesson with a less-active member named Pam! She was baptized about 20 years ago and hadn't been in the last 8 or so years. We knew nothing about her! But she really wants to come back now and has a granddaughter living with her who she wants us to teach too!

I won't detail everything, but Thursday and Friday were just as eventful! Then the coolest miracle of the week...

We got to start teaching the Akpulonu family again! Netty, the dad, had been in Nigeria for a month, but he is back and we got to meet with them! We invited them to church, and he said, "No promises..." but then we show up on Sunday and what do we see? The whole family sitting there on the back row!! They have a 13 year old and a 1 year old, and the youngest one is the cutest guy ever and was making everyone smile as he walked around the chapel during Sacrament Meeting. Haha!! But yeah they seemed to enjoy it! So we really hope they have a desire to come again.

It has been so wonderful here! These people have so much potential and I really hope we get to see them progress. Jesus Christ lives and this is His work!

Love, Elder Hayes

(photos to come next week!! promise!!!)

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