Monday, March 17, 2014

Year 2 - Letter 42 - Baton Rouge, LA

1 Ne 4:6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.

Hey Everyone!

Life is great here in Baton Rouge!  we had a great week filled with miracles.  It is such a joy to be able to serve.  :)  

Well, this week we tried to work in different parts of our area than we usually do.  It was kind of a spur of the moment thing.  A lesson fell through, and so we were like, "well, where are we gonna go?"  So we just kept going!  We ended up in a nice neighborhood, which was kind of weird.  I haven't really worked in a nice neighborhood with an HOA on my mission.  So anyways, we were biking around and pretty much everyone was turning us down.  It was funny,  I made a comment to Elder Glauser that I liked working with hispanics over white people.  At least they let you down nicely. Haha.  So, we ended up at the home of Kenneth.  He was a cool guy.  Elder Glauser told him we had a message about Jesus Christ.  He then gave him a pass along card that had Carl Bloch's Sermon on the Mount.  On the back is an advertisement for the Bible.  When Kenneth saw that, he was like, "Oh, that isn't what I was expecting!"  That was super funny.  We talked with him and explained that we believed in Jesus Christ and the Bible, but that we also had the Book of Mormon.  He was super intrigued the entire time.  At the end, we gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read and call if he had questions.  That was so sweet!

After that, we went to another nice neighborhood and talked to a freshman in highschool, Sharim. He was alright, but not too interested.  Across the street, however, we saw and older man getting on a ladder to get to his roof.  We ran over and asked if we could help him.  He declined, but we sat and talked.  He said he was Mr. Acosta.  He spoke with an accent and I asked him where he was from.  He said Central America, Nicaragua.  I asked him if he spoke Spanish then in Spanish, of course.  He did.  He has been in the States for 40 years and is a Spanish Teacher.  He said that his sister was a mormon, and that his brother in law was a bishop and a really good man before he died.  He said his sister still is a really active member in Nicaragua.  He had to run an errand, but told us we could come back and visit later.  Cool guy.

After that, we went down the road and saw a couple of high schoolers playing basketball.  We asked if they wanted to play, and they said sure.  That was sweet.  We were able to play, and give them a card with our number and told them to call.  Cool guys.

We also knocked on the door of this guy Marcos.  He was sweet.  We told him we had a message about Jesus Christ and he immediately let us in.  He is from Honduras and is here with his daughter.  We taught him the Restoration then and there.  It was sweet.  The spirit was really strong while we talked.  I know he felt it too.  He said he would read in the Book of Mormon and pray to know.  He said his door was always open.  Cool guy.  I know my time may be short, but there are still people here that I need to find and help!  I will keep on going until I drop dead!  
We had a good few lessons with David.  We watched the movie, "On the way Home", a movie that the church released in 1992.  It is sweet, and teaches quite a few principles.  We also went by and read in 1 Nephi chapter 3.  It was really cool to apply that to his life.  We told him there wasn't a commandment that he couldn't keep.  I know that God will provide him a way.

On the way to another appointment, we had a guy stop us and ask us if we were giving out books. We told him we were, gave him a Book of Mormon, and told him to read and pray about it.  It was sweet!

Well, that pretty much sums up my week!  Life is grand here in the good ole Baton Rouge!
love you all!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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