Monday, March 30, 2015

Week 12: Seeds of Faith Planted by Missionaries Years Ago

This was a very rewarding week for us. I can feel the Lords hand in his work. On top of our progressing investigators we have picked up quite a few new families and individuals to teach. We devoted two hours of one day to contacting in the parts of our area which we normally do not go to. What we did is we went with Elder V. and Elder G. on splits in our area. I went with Elder V. and Elder S. went with Elder G. Elder V. and I walked up this big hill tracting (knocking) door to door. I saw a house that was selling medication, so I knocked on the door and when the girl answered I asked what type of medications they sold. She said all types, so I said well we actually have one type of medication that you don’t have, that is the medication for the soul. Then I used that and taught a small little lesson. It was funny and surprisingly effective. This new and fast way of contacting people produced very unique and varied responses from the people we met, but we did find a few people who were ready to hear our message.

Among those who were ready was one family who had been taught over a year or more ago by an Elder Pierce and his companion. They had met with these Elders on several occasions but had never committed to anything. Elder V. and I tracted (proselyted) into them at night during a rain storm. After I said, “What weird weather we are having,” they let us in their house! They remembered the feeling these two missionaries had left and after all this time they still had their Book of Mormon kept neatly in a plastic bag. We taught them about the history of the Book of Mormon and their people’s role and the promise made to them specifically, just as Elder Anderson (the apostle who visited them a few weeks ago) had taught us. We shared 1 Nephi chapter 15 verse 14 (“And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall they know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.”) After explaining this promise we shared 1 Nephi chapter 6: 4-5 (“For the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved. Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.”) The family was very loving and receptive to the scriptures we shared. And yeah, I have great hope for them. It is super cool to see that other missionaries’ hard work and dedication can be re-kindled, even if took over a year or more to happen. We are excited for future lessons with this family and with others and we will be working hard at helping those who are ready for baptism continue to progress.

My companion and I have a goal to serve the children in our ward. First we find out their birthdays, and then on their birthday we stop by with an ice cream or something small and then sing “Happy Birthday” to them. We have already done a birthday visit. We did that again this week with a little girl in the ward. She was super happy about our visit.

Got to go. Tons of Love,
Elder  Perez
Elder V. went with Elder Perez on divisions/splits
Elder G.
3 Generations: Son, Father, and Grandfather 
(Elder S. was my trainer, Elder G. was S's trainer so Elder G. is my mission grandpa)
L-R: Elder Brenden Perez, Elder S. and Elder G.
3 Generations: Son, Father, and Grandfather
(Elder S. was my trainer, Elder G. was S's trainer so Elder G. is my mission grandpa)
L-R: Elder Brenden Perez, Elder S. and Elder G. 

Elder Perez my question is how can you have two grandfather's on a mission?
Yeah, about the pictures of my two mission grandfathers, normally you wouldn't have two of them but the thing is that when Elder S. was being trained they switched out his companion mid-way and he finished his training with another Elder G. SO, basically we as missionaries get trained for 12 weeks and for Elder S six weeks into his first trainer that trainer got an emergency transfer to go fill in for a companionship with some troubles. His new companion, Elder G. is what we call a step-father because he finished Elder S’s training. That’s why I have two mission grandfathers. One mission grandpa and one step-mission gramp.
Cool cookie duster Elder S.
Brenden's in heaven with his dulce de leche (Caramelized condensed milk)
Eeew! Only Elders would be willing to sleep on a bare mattress.
Let's hope it was laundry day... Thankfully it was laundry day says Elder Perez.
Elder Perez said that this flower reminded him 
of his sister who likes to press & dry flowers.

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