This week has been a blur! It's crazy how much can happen in a week, and then also with how fast it goes!
We had a lot of meetings this week and probably my favorite part from our meetings was when President Francis told the story of the time he dunked a basket ball in a game. He practiced and practiced dunking a ball. During his senior year in High school it was the championship game and the game was tied and with just a little time on the clock, the other team was was shooting free throw, and missed! His team caught the ball and passed it up to president, and he got there and he DUNKED IT!!!! It was just such a build up that we were all on the edge or our seats when President just yelled it!!!! I am pretty sure he scared everyone in the front row. But his purpose was to help us understand the importance of setting a goal and accomplishing it! I was motivated! I wish you could have been there because it was hilarious!
We have also had some interesting experience this week! We got a text from our investigator saying that she wasn't feeling well, that she had been awake for the past 36 hours a couldn't fall a sleep. She asked if we could pick up a sleep aid for her so we did. We hurried to Rite Aid. We met with her for about 15 minutes and showed her "The Mountains to Climb" video. After the video we offered to give her a priesthood blessing. She was like "I know I need it!!" Elder Detlor gave the Blessing and because she is hard of hearing he spoke very loud and clear. haha After the blessing she was like "Wow that was powerful"
Right after that we hurried over to the church for FHE. One less active member we have been meeting with came to FHE for the first time in a long time. We were so excited to see him. When I first saw him he came over to me and just gave me a big hug, which really threw me off. This member is not one I would think of as a huger, He told us one of his friends from his AA meeting, who had been three months sober, reused Heroin, OD'd and passed away. For about 40 minutes we stood around him consoling this member as he cried and cried. This member has been struggling with alcoholism. He kept saying he knows he has to quite using alcohol or he will die. It was a big moment for him. Since then we have met with him every day trying our best to help with this process of quitting, I hope and pray he can do it! I really have learned why we have the word of wisdom because it really is a dangerous trap, and is so hard to get out. The sad part is how it really only takes away our agency. So don't do it!
We had a really cool miracle happen that I was able to witness the fruit of! A little over a month ago before I got to this area, Elder Longhurst and Elder Detlor had pulled up to a red light next to a bus stop where a guy was standing, Elder Longhurst told Elder Detlor "hey give that guy a card!" So he rolled down the window and said "hey we are missionaries for our church, would you like a card?" The guy was like, "sure", and they were like, "cool, would you like to learn more?" And he was like" sure", so quickly they got his phone number before the light turned green. They met with him the next day and set a baptismal date with him and just this last Saturday he was baptized! This man was so prepared. He got up and bore his testimony of the church and of Joseph Smith. It was an amazing experience! There really are people ready!! Sometime we just have to be willing to invite them!
I hope you all have a great week and see lots of miracles!
Elder Todd Houghton
|Here is a picture of us with Tandra in the log home!|