Monday, September 23, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 17 - Baton Rouge, LA

2 Nephi 7:7-11 

Hey everyone!

Another week in the field!  It is getting to the point where every week feels like an individual blessing. This week especially.  Monday as stated in my last letter was awesome.  Wednesday we had a lesson with David.  We read with him in Nephi chapter 12, which was interesting.  He hadn't had time to read, so we took the time to help him out, and gave him 2 Nephi 31 which talks about the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, in order to get him prepared for our lesson on that the next week.  We also committed him to come to church and he said that he would ride his bike with us.  When we passed by, his dad had said that he couldn't do that, because the streets are too dangerous on a bike.  I was so sad.  We started on our way to church, and I had the idea of asking to see if he could come if we found a ride, so we went back and asked and he said that if he had a ride, he would call his dad to see if he could go.  So we went to the Garcia family who live pretty much next door and asked if they could give a ride.  They said that they could and so we went back, and told him we had a ride and he called his dad.  His dad then said that he would give him a ride, so we went back to the Garcia family and told them he had a ride, and we biked to church.  David showed up right after we did, and it was awesome!  I know that we are receiving help daily in Baton Rouge!

Next awesome thing going on.  Hermano Wilkerson.  As a short reminder, Hermano Wilkerson is the less active that has some problems with addictions like smoking etc. He is a gringo married to a Guatemalan lady.  Anyways, the last couple of weeks, we have gone over and just listened to him.  He is really starting to open up to us, and it has been awesome.  That is just the beginning.  Friday, we went over and listened to him, and we talked a bit about the welfare program, and then, out of the blue, he asked us this super sincere question.  He has a daughter who is eight, and he wanted to baptize himself.  He asked us if he didn't let her get baptized, if he in the end would be held accountable.   I had the prompting to not say anything, and Elder Drollinger handled it perfectly.  He shared an experience of a good friend of his, who his parents would not let their son be baptized, and how his friend felt about that.  Hermano Wilkerson then called his wife and daughter in who were busy in another room and could not come listen, and told them that he was going to give permission for his daughter to be baptized by someone else.  We have been trying to help his daughter be baptized since way before I got here to Baton Rouge.  The spirit there was so awesome.  Me and Elder Drollinger talked later about how different their home is starting to feel when we walk in.  The tension is starting to go away, and the spirit is taking it's place.  They came to church this week.  That makes two weeks in a row.  

Next cool thing.  We were walking on our street, GSRI, and across from our apartments there is an apartment building, and Elder Drollinger saw some hispanics and we decided to go on over.  We went over, and they were super receptive.  We met Ramon, David, and Jasmine.  Ramon is the father of the other two.  Ramon had met with missionaries in Honduras, and said he had his Book of Mormon still. That was cool.  They were super interested in our soccer activity we host every Saturday, in English class, and in learning more about what we believed.  What really struck me was when I was talking to Ramon, he said that for a  very long time he had seen missionaries walk right on by, and had never stopped until that day.  I am so glad we stopped by!

This Sunday, I taught the Gospel Principles class.  It was super fun! The lesson was Lesson 3: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior.  Right before the class, we usually start by introducing ourselves, where we are from, and something we like to do, etc.  This time, I received some awesome revelation right before class, that instead, we would start with the prayer instead of doing introductions, and then we would introduce ourselves by saying our name, where we are from, and how Christ has helped us in our lives.  The spirit was so strong as each individual shared their testimony of Christ, and it was a perfect start to the lesson.  There were a few points in the lesson that really stuck out to me. The first point was that we have already chosen Christ. We chose him before we came to earth.  Do we really understand what that means?  We all are followers of Jesus Christ!  Everyone!  Satan wants to make us forget that.  We cannot forget!  Second point, was from something I recently read in the Isaiah chapters of 2 Nephi.  The arm of the Lord is always extended.  It doesn't matter what we have done, he is always there, arms open, calling us home.  I know that Christ lives!  I am so honored to be able to share his gospel with the people.  So privileged to help people remember a decision they made a REALLY long time ago!  Thanks for everything!  I love you all!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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