Week Three: “President Clements really wants us to focus on teaching while we find.” (July 29, 2013)

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for all the emails. I always look forward to p-day and hearing from everyone. Elder G and I taught Betsy again Monday and it went great. Betsy seemed receptive to our message, but she admitted she does not feel the love of God. We tried to help her recognize the spirit so she could feel His love, but she has been taught to not rely on her feelings. We kept trying to help her but it will have to come in time. We have not been able to meet with her again since Monday, but we know she felt the spirit and she is trying to organize everything in her life right now.

Elder G and I have been able to visit with less actives and that has been great. We have also focused on tracting and contacting around St. Cloud University. It has been nice to focus our work in one area. It keeps our planning easy and I am sure we will start to find more success as the school gets up and running again. We still have not received word on when we will be allowed to use social media but when we can we will find a lot of success. President Clements really wants us to focus on teaching while we find. It is a difficult art to master, but it allows us to bare our testimonies everywhere we go.

We went on splits with the assistants to the president (APs), so it was fun to take the one and a half hour drive to Bloomington and meet with them. I was paired up with Elder McDoughn (Mc-Done-a). They had so many people they needed to visit! It was crazy! I know Elder G and I are whitewashing our area right now but it was crazy to be as busy as we were with the APs. In time our area will be as busy as theirs if we keep at it.

Well, back to work! Hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Ysasaga
Homework: Read Moroni 7 and email me what you learn!
Bonus: Count the number of times Christ is referenced.
PS: Brandon, it is still hot in Minnesota!

Week Two: “The Work Always Progresses Forward…” (July 22, 2013)

Another week full of tracting here in the mission field. Elder Grodkowski and I have been pressing forward in the work. St Cloud is one of the more populated towns in Minnesota and it still feels tiny! The only reason it is considered large is because it has a university in town.  So my companion and I have tried tracting college town (to no avail). We were tracting there Saturday and you could tell all the students were suffering from hangovers. It was kind of funny to be honest. Some of them were launching fireworks midday.

Saturday was our most noteable day of work. Last week we had set up an appointment to meet with a lady we met while tracting . We drove by her home a couple of minutes before the appointment. When we drove by, she was out front and her blinds were open. We prayed before we got out of the car and then began walking to her house. We realized shortly that she had gone inside, closed her blinds, and left the Book of Mormon we gave her on her porch. Elder Grodkowski and I looked at each other and could not help but laugh a little. We got her message and continued on our way.

President Clements told us when we first arrived to look for the miracles in each day that we proselyte. To be honest I did not see the miracles in the work we had performed thus far, but they would become evident come Sunday evening. Sunday was like any other Sunday. We woke up, got ready for church, and attended our meetings. We went home afterward, ate lunch, studied, and went off to our dinner appointment. We gave our message, continued on our way, and tracted for a couple of hours. At 8pm every Sunday evening we meet with the Ward Mission Leader Brother Otis at his home. Brother Otis returned from his mission 9 months ago and he is anxiously engaged in the work. He is great to work with. He has been re-creating the ward mission plan to help the ward get more active in the work. Anyway, while we were meeting with him his wife’s friend texted her asking  if he could give her a blessing. She has had a lot of trouble lately and she received a blessing from Brother Otis before and felt the comfort from that blessing. We visited with her for a while and we are going to start teaching her today! Looking back on our first two weeks, the fact that we had met nobody was a miracle so that we could help Betsy out whenever she needs us.

The work always progresses forward, without us even realizing it!
Love you all!
Elder Ysasaga
Scripture of the Week: St Luke 17:6. Compare with Alma 32:28-34 and email me what you learn!
PS: Thanks for the packages!