Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weekly Update

Kia Ora! 

This past week was awesome! It started Monday night with the homeless people we found. We invited them to an FHE were there was like 15 people there which was awesome to get them involved with the ward. They loved it! We had a lesson and played some games and had a feed afterwards which was good. Ashley and Daniel also told us that they were able to find a house in Christchurch which is on the south island so they will no longer be homeless. When they first told us this I was gutted and wish we could have kept working with them, but at the same time I was so happy for them which was awesome! 

On Tuesday we had a lesson with a less active family we are working with and we talked about the sacrament and read chapters 4,5,and 6 in Moroni which were the sacramental prayers and repenting and the baptismal covenant. It really got them thinking and getting them to ask questions which was really cool. They were way more involved and intrigued in this lesson than any other. So that was cool. 

Wednesday was a little bit slower than we expected and it felt like the day just kept dragging on. It was just one of those days but Thursday was a pretty good day. We were able to talk to people on the street and it just felt really good. Our focus that day was asking everyone for referrals and it turned out pretty well. We got a few referrals that we still need to contact but we are excited for them. 
Friday our main focus was to visit some of the less actives in the ward and invite them to an Elders Quorum activity that was going on at the chapel. From that we were able to get a few less actives out and they really enjoyed it which was awesome! 
Earlier in the day though, we went to try and contact a referral we have been trying to contact for a while but she would always send her kids to the door to tell us to go away. As we were walking up to the door I said a quick prayer just asking that she will be here and will be willing to listen to what we have to say. We knocked, and just like usual one of her kids came to the door. We asked if her mom was home and she went and got her mom. Her mom came to the door and when she came to the door she didn't want to have anything to do with us. However she didn't know what church we were from. Just a few months earlier she came with our bishop and his family to a chapel tour that our ward put on and she loved it. She realized that we were from that church and when she realized that out she was ecstatic to see us! I was shocked with how she responded haha. It was a miracle though because we have been trying to contact her for ages and we hadn't been able to catch her. She really wants to learn more about the gospel, which is cool and she has a solid fellowship with bishops wife which is good. 

Saturday we had trade offs with the Zone leaders. I went to their area with Elder Vetten. It was pretty good. We tracted all day which was so tiring. My feet were so sore. But it was good to really sharpen up my TWE (talking with everybody) skills. We ended up walking away with 3 potential investigators which was really cool. 

On Sunday we had a really cool lesson with one of our investigators. His name is Lewus. He started off asking questions about the Bible and what it’s about. From that we were able to talk about the Book Of Mormon. We told him how they work side by side and we shared with him John 10:16 & 3 Nephi 16:1-3 which talks about the lost sheep and how the book of Mormon will be brought forth to the lost sheep. He loved the fact that you could compare both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It was a really good lesson. 

Overall this week was really good. We smashed our goals again this week which we were super pumped about. I feel like my prayers are starting to be answered and things are slowly starting to come together in this area. At the beginning it was so frustrating because nothing was going for us. But the Lord has taught me patience. The hard work is paying off. I may not get a baptism by the time I leave this area, but I feel like I have done my best in making this area better than what it was. So everything is swell here. It”s getting colder and colder and it just sucks. But the work must go one haha anyways, that’s all from this week. 
Love you heaps!

Elder Shannon

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