Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 100 - WOW!

Only a few weeks left now and this week was also great. On Tuesday we were able to see the Letoke family. They are from the DRC and there are so many people in that house that it's kind of hard to talk but they are interested so we went over the Book of Mormon with them and they said that they would read it. 

In the evening our appointment fell through so we decided to start trying to visit members to strengthen our relationship with them. We started with the Niehaus family. We went and talked for a little bit and shared a spiritual thought and left.

Next we went to the Birds. They gave us dinner with brownies and ice cream for dessert. We talked with them for a bit longer; they are a very nice family. We're definitely getting to know the members better. I've kind of had the mindset of trying to do everything myself and I'm just going to work hard until I finish but we've been trying to change that a bit these last few weeks and get the members to help as well.

Wednesday was great. We saw John in the morning and taught him about the Word of Wisdom. He was really sad to hear that tea is against the Word of Wisdom. But he said now that he knows that it's a commandment it would be a sin if he kept drinking it; I was very impressed, he's a really sweet guy.

We had lunch with the Bothwells who are a very nice older couple. In the evening we saw a less active family who the ward had asked us to visit; they are super awesome. They love to joke and to laugh and it was fun but it was also spiritual. They have a cousin who just started staying with them the week before and she has been facing a lot of trials. She was Muslim for a while but recently converted to Christianity, but she was confused why there are so many different churches. So we went over the restoration lesson with her and the less active family was bearing powerful testimony. The cousin was really interested in learning more and I'm excited to keep going but sad that it didn't start sooner.

Thursday we had Zone Conference with Elder Evans who is the head of the missionary department. It was seven hours long but it was pretty nice. He started off by talking about the Prophet and he read us a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 107:22 that says, "of the Melchizedek Priesthood, three Presiding High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church" meaning that the  Prophet and the first presidency are upheld by our confidence, faith, and prayers. That is how we sustain them more than just raising our right hand. It is also something we need to be doing now more than ever. It was a nice last Zone Conference.

We also saw the Klaasens that day and we introduced them to the Book of Mormon and they are really excited to read it and learn more. Saturday I was on exchanges with Elder Truscott. We had a couple of nice lessons that day. The first started with a man who Elder Truscott had told me doesn't affiliate himself with any church but was willing to accept the Book of Mormon and read from it. So we went and were talking about the Book of Mormon and I was talking about how God loves and he said that he doesn't believe in God at all. That kind of caught me off guard but he was still willing to read the Book.

Yesterday in Elders Quorum the lesson was on the Book of Mormon from a talk by President Benson about how a man would draw nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of it than any other book. So it gave me hope for that man that he may begin to feel the love of God in his life.

We also had an appointment with a woman and her son who had just gotten the Book of Mormon during their last lesson. When we got there they had read something like 15 chapters each which was incredible. So we just spent the whole lesson testifying of the Book of Mormon and answering their questions and it was pretty great.

Sunday was nice because Brother Sama came to church again and the day before Elder Fonua had challenged him to be baptized and he accepted. He brought two of his sons who were in Primary and they loved it. I'm really excited for their family. His wife just had a baby so it might take a bit longer for her to come to church but it should all work out in the end. I won't get to see them baptized but knowing that I was able to help them along the way is good enough for me.

And then we Skyped home which was great. I love my family and I can't wait to see you again. There is little time remaining and I am just so excited to see you again.

Elder Kupka