Look what they're doing to my precious York balloon! They're painting it gray or something! What the happy! Why would they make it so boring.
Anyway, last week was ridiculously boring and now this week I have way too much to say.
On Wednesday we got to go to the youth activity at the park and then this guy named Malachi rides up on his bike and sits at a bench a little distance away from us. The reason we knew his name already was because we ate at Pizza Hut once like 5 weeks ago and he was the cashier and we were nice and talked to him and he seemed like he would accept the gospel, but for some reason we didn't bring it up. And we felt kind of guilty for that. But back to the park, a couple minutes later, he comes up and asks us, "Is this a church group or something?" and we start talking to him about the church and everything and he said he had moved from Lincoln recently and was looking for a church because he wants to turn his life around. And THEN he says, "Yeah, I'm actually looking to be baptized." What? Nobody says that. It was seriously a miracle because we've been struggling with setting people for baptism. We find a lot of people who are curious, but not enough to change their lives for it. So that was awesome.
We invited Malachi to churchand he said he would, and I'll be honest, I didn't have a lot of faith because we haven't been able to get any of our investigators to church, even the ones that say they'll come. But he totally came! We had an awesome lesson with him at church and then after church we showed him the Restoration DVD and he's the most solid person I've ever taught. He's totally gonna get baptized.
Remember Mary and Dean last week? We went back in our service clothes and asked if we could do something for them and they were completely shocked we came back and that we wanted to do work for them. We picked a ton of weeds for them and then Dean was like, "Do you wanna come in and have a prayer or something?" And we were so happy he asked because we were afraid they would just become service investigators. We ended up talking to them for over an hour because they had so many questions for us. They asked about a lot of things we normally don't explain to people but it was really cool and they loved it. And they found out we live on a farm with horses and they have a granddaughter coming next week who is completely obsessed with horses so they're gonna come see all the farm animals and meet the Byers! It'll be perfect.
Random miracle, as I was typing up this email, this guy comes in the library and sits across from us at the computers and he notices our name tags and starts talking to us cuz apparently he's a member who just moved to York from Lincoln. So we got his information and told him where the church is at. Yay! One member closer to a ward!
I was flipping through the conference ensign for my studies and came across this talk by Uchtdorf that I LOVE and I was like, "Man, I totally missed this talk at conference! Where was I? I must have zoned out for this whole talk or something." And then I realized it was from the priesthood session and I was like, "ahh, that explains it."
Quote of the week from that talk: "Whether your testimony is thriving and healthy or your activity in the Church more closely resembles a Potemkin village, the good news is that you can build on whatever strength you have. Here in the Church of Jesus Christ you can mature spiritually and draw closer to the Savior by applying gospel principles day by day. With patience and persistence, even the smallest act of discipleship or the tiniest ember of belief can become a blazing bonfire of a consecrated life. In fact, that’s how most bonfires begin—as a simple spark. So if you feel small and weak, please simply come unto Christ, who makes weak things strong. The weakest among us, through God’s grace, can become spiritually strong, because God “is no respecter of persons.” He is our “faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments.”