It was another great week! I have felt so abundantly blessed. November is definitely a month of gratitude and thanks.
So I think last week, I mentioned that President Villanueva raised our standard of excellence for new investigators from 3 to 5 a week. It is a super ambitious goal, but I can testify that it is revelation. This new standard has strengthened our faith to find and pushed us to go contacting more this week. And guess what? We got two new investigators! Even though we didn’t meet the standard, I know that it’s more than what we would have gotten if our standard was still at 3. I am so grateful for President Villanueva and the inspiration and revelation he receives.
One of our new investigators was actually a member referral (seriously, the increase in member-missionary work in this area has been unbelievable). Last Sunday, while we were chatting with the member outside her house, her neighbor pulls up and our member was like “you should give her a shot, I think she’s willing to hear.” So we gave her a card and talked for a little bit. On Wednesday, we went to visit the same member to drop something off, but she wasn’t home. As Sister Mann was starting to walk back to the car, I had a small impression to knock in her neighbor’s door. She was home! We were able to have a lesson and schedule a return appointment! We met with her again yesterday and it was a bomb lesson. She is so open and willing to learn. Our lesson kind of reminded me of Aaron teaching King Lamoni’s father. We built on her knowledge that there is a “higher power” and then expounded on the Restoration. It was so neat to feel the Spirit work through us to let us know what exactly to say.
I have decided that our golden investigator has been the hardest investigator I’ve taught on the mission. It’s not hard to help her keep commitments – she reads her Book of Mormon and prays and goes to church and meets with us three times a week. The hard thing is helping her recognize and find an answer – aka help her recognize the Holy Ghost. She still does not believe that there’s a God because she hasn’t gotten an answer. Yesterday, I decided to fast to know how to help our dear friend. It was during personal study this morning when I got my answer. Sometimes, I make the gospel and mission work too complicated. Our purpose as missionaries is to bring others unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in the Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. We are only guides. We are not here to answer every single one of their questions, we are just to teach them the gospel so that they can receive answers themselves. It’s like what President Uchtdorf said about the gospel this past General Conference: “It is beautifully simple, and it works beautifully.”
So this is the last week of our Chinese Zone which breaks my heart. Next transfer will bring a lot of changes. We don’t know what the Lord has in store for us, but we know that He knows best. It’ll be weird to have district and zone meetings in English, that’s for sure.
I hope you all have a splendid week! Give more thanks in your daily prayers – it’ll make the day a lot better!