September 22, 2014
This past week was great! Best and Greatest news of the week is that N. came to church! He loved it! He came with his quad, in his suit coat and suit vest and Khaki's. He looked really sharp. We had multiple people say after church were y'all in a tri companion ship today? or was that an investigator? He loved how friendly people were at church. He said that he met more people coming to our church than he ever has at any other church he has been to. That's a great compliment to the Plano 9th ward members! We have one of the best wards. People are always introducing themselves to our investigators! Makes a world of a difference!
I am amazed with how involved he is in everything! It's great to be able to teach him. We met with him on Saturday and we talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We answered some questions he had about it. I think he just wanted to make sure he fully understood the principle of repentance because so many people think of it as only asking for forgiveness. He asked if we repented right on the spot or only on a set day or when we pray. We told him about how it's a process. We start right at the moment when we do something wrong by recognizing that we did wrong and then we stop doing wrong, make restitution, ask for forgivness and forsake it. He told us that when he grew up in the Jewish beliefs they only repented once a year. He said that he now repents everyday. And that he liked that we need to forsake our sins. I'm excited to meet with him again this upcoming Saturday!
We went on exchanges with our distict leader of the Plano East district. It just so happened to be Elder Koenen! (Former companion in Lufkin). It was great to be able to serve with him in the same area for a day again. It's great that such a great friend of mine keeps serving in close by areas! We had a great day catching up on everything and talking about missionary work! We even taught a lesson. It was a nice lady named D. and her friend, L. who have done geneology work at the library in Salt Lake City with the church. They have both caught the spirit of Elijah as they have found their kindred dead and learned of them. One of them is a convert from Christianity to Judahism and her friend is a good Christian. We are going to be going back this week to talk more about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith because L. doesn't know how they fit into everything. We are looking forward to it!
We also saw H. this week. We read with him again and his friend Bro. H. commended us on how much we have helped him out. So he is making slow progress but he is moving along.
We will be meeting with T. this week and hopefully they will all be able to come to church again.
Those were the greatest highlights for us this week.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to serve with Elder Briggs who is always fun to be around and to be able to touch the lives of so many others here as they touch mine! I hope y'all have a great week!
I love y'all!
Elder Drew Bowen