Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Week of Service

September 3, 2013

This past week we gave 25 hours of service to people in Lufkin! We helped out some members in the Spanish branch with getting his yard ready to put in a fence by clearing some trees. We also helped at a Christian food bank on Friday, as always, which was really good and then we also helped clean up a yard for some friends of a ward member and we did it with the ward. It was a great experience to be able to serve with the ward.  

We also taught a part member family. We met with them on Thursday and we have been meeting with them for the past month and a half or so. The parents are members but haven't been to church in 20 years till 3 weeks ago when they came to church.They are grandparents but all of their children and grand children live in their house still. They are a really nice black family though. The father has been attending various baptist churches and suffers from a stroke he had about a year ago. He still moves around good but when he talks it's kinda with a  slight accent. He really likes to talk though and he likes to share all the things he has learned from the baptist churches he's been going to. This past Sunday they committed to coming to church and then they didn't come so Sunday night we stopped by. We were welcomed in and started to talk with them and asked why they weren't at church and they said that they hadn't been feeling all that great that morning. I'm pretty sure it was an excuse because they all seemed to be healthy and we visited with them for an hour. This lesson we were really bold. When he started talking about how every church is true we talked about how they aren't and how the Church today is the exact same church Christ established and that it is the only true church. We talked about the apostasy again for the 3rd time it seems but I think it actually got across this time. We talked with their daughter who is in her mid 20's about investigating the church and set an appointment with her and her boyfriend for tonight! It's going to be a great lesson. It's going to be great to start teaching them and I think that it will help the family too because she seems to be carrying it for the most part.

Well I hope y'all have a great week and it sounded like y'all had a great Labor Day! The community college Library was closed so that's why it's a day late. I love y'all! 

Your missionary,

Elder Drew Bowen

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