This week was really good and really fun!
We went on exchanges on Tuesday so I went with our chinese missionary Elder Lee. We had dinner with a Hindu family. It was the best Indian food I have ever had! We had a great lesson there about the temple and I loved being able to get to know them. With Elder Lee we got Happy Hour at Sonic on our way to a lesson and ate at an Asian place. It was a good day!
We taught T. with a family from South Africa! It went great having them there. To be honest we were a little suspicious of inviting them at first but they got along great! You can always trust the Ward Council to tell you of a good fellowshiper for an investigator. After all they know everyone better than we do and the bishop has the keys. We talked about her baptismal date and how she is going to have to make some big steps to be able to be ready for it. She likes drinking wine on occasion and tea but she said she would work on it. She is making progress though. We have seen her faith grow a little each time and she really does want to get baptized. We are hoping to get her to church this Sunday with her girls.
We had a great lesson with J. at a member's home yesterday! We taught him the Restoration and specifically the apostasy. He is really starting to understand. I'm really surprised because he loves being the center of attention and making jokes all the time but he really is learning. Yesterday he said that he didn't understand why God is known to be merciful but does things like flooding the earth and killing so many people. As we told him about the bigger picture things got more clear. We told him of the spirit world and how God was really just bringing them back home to teach them there and how that wasn't the end for those people. He said, "Ok well that makes a whole lot more sense!" We are going to meet with him again on Saturday and have a lesson and dinner because he loves food. His 2 daughters are out of town curently at there mom's place but Elder Reid and I can see him coming to church with his daughters sometime soon. We are planning on inviting him to be baptized during our lesson on Saturday!
H. didn't make it to church and said he really wanted to be there. Elder Reid had a lesson with him on Tuesday night with a great member in the ward who we didn't know very well. It went great from what I heard. H. is starting to gain a testimony and has started to love the Book of Mormon. He asked us where he could get a quad set of scriptures at too. He asked for 4 copies of the Book of Mormon to give them to the Rabbi's he does a Bible study with at a Messianic Jewish synagoge if they will accept them and said he would ask them if we could share the Restoration with them. The Spirit has been working in his life. It's incredible!
Being a missionary is fun! We get to walk the streets going door to door and meeting all kinds of people and then the miracles take place in our lives and in the lives of others! Teaching people is the most fun! You get to see them grow and change, start to understand and then even start to love it!
It's something to be loved. There is no greater news than that of the gospel! It isn't something we do; it's who we are! The difference it makes is incredible as it carries us to a higher quality of life filled with peace, love, hope and eternal blessings of Joy!
I love y'all! Have a great week!
Love your missionary,
Elder Drew Bowen