Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Miracles do happen in elevators!

     Two nights ago we ate at the Kusuma’s house and they are from India.   We ate on the floor and we ate with our fingers! IT WAS AWESOME!!  So I am probably never going to eat with a fork again because it is so fun ha-ha AND you don’t have to wash dishes!   After we finished eating with Brother Kusuma, he walked us to the elevator to leave his apartment when a African American lady inside the elevator said, “Are you from a church?” we said, “Yes,” we are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints."   Then she said, “You are just the guys I needed to talk to; please come with me.”  So we walked with her to her apartment and her two sons were sitting on the couch looking very angry and she told us that they were being disobedient.  She asked us to teach them a lesson on obedience and the happiness it brings.   After that they dispersed and we talked some more to the mother and she told us that her 19 year old son is in jail and these kids are heading down the same path.   She gave us her phone # and said to come anytime and she wants to learn more!!  Ha-ha!  Look at that!!  Miracles do happen in elevators.  I never would have thought! :P
      The most solid investigators currently are Jay and Sonia.  They have a son named Sebastian and they keep coming to church and absolutely love it!  Last Saturday we set a date for April 16 to get baptized and they are very excited.   I can already see their lives changing as they come to church and read there scriptures.  It is amazing how much the gospel blesses families!  I really took it for granted at home.
     This Sunday Haviar came to church with his whole family!!! He is in the CIA and we really did not expect him to come.  Elder Peterson found him a while back and we decided to check on him and so we invited him to come to church 2 weeks ago.  I don’t know much about his family but we are going to get to know them better this week.   We are going to stop by and check up on him and see if he wants to take the lessons.
     On Friday Elder Peterson, Elder Harper, Elder Earl and I went to the metro and set up a booth and “street contacted.”   We usually split up and talk to people so we are generally on our own.  A Hispanic guy came up to me and started talking about Jesus with me.  I was getting to know him when he asked, “Do you believe in modern day prophets?” I said, “Yes, they help guide us and we receive modern day revelation from god through our prophet.  He got extremely mad and called me a swear word 3 or 4 times and just as he said that I could smell the alcohol on his breath.   He was drunk!   He got extremely mad at me and told me that I was of the devil because I believe in prophets.  Then he asked "What can I do for you?"   I said, “You can know the things I tell you are true if you read this book.   He yelled at me called me a swear word again then he said I was an idiot, ripped the book out of my hand and then stormed off.  (Scary for MOM to be reading this)
     I love it out here I wouldn’t trade the experiences out here for anything.  It is so much fun to be exposed to all of these different people.   ELDER MEITLER

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