Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Obedience and Testimony

Kia Ora,

I don't have a lot of time this week so I will have to make this one quick. This past week was a roller coaster kind of a week. It started off really good. Our new investigator Frank who came to church Easter weekend, we had a lesson with him. All we did was just ask him some questions and see what he knew and what he is wanting to take away from meeting with us. We didn't really teach anything, but we got to know him super well. He wants to get baptized really bad which is super cool. He is one of those golden investigators missionaries would kill to have them. We haven't set a date yet for him but we will the next time we go see him. If we baptize him then his wife will start coming back to church because she is a less active as well so it is quite the deal with them. We are super excited about that cause this branch hasn't had a baptism in a about 2 years. He will probably get baptized at the end of May or beginning of June. So that was one high we were on at the start of the week. 
In our other branch things aren't going so well.  We had an investigator Cassandra move about a month ago. We know they didn't move to far from where they used to live. Just a few minutes away. But the problem is that we don't know where they moved to and they aren't answering their phone. She was super close to baptism to but she just went off the grid. Sunday came around and we were driving to church and we saw Cassandra's partner walking on the main street and when we saw him we immediately turned the car around to go back and talk to him to see where they have been. But by the time we turned around and started looking for him we could not find him. We were super bummed about it. It's been a month and a half since we last saw them. It has been super frustrating. So we just had to accept the fact that we will have to wait for another time and hope we see them again.  So we are praying that we will see them again, its just on the Lord’s time and not ours. 
For church that Sunday in the Wellsford Branch it was Branch Conference and it was really good. We had a good lesson in priesthood about testimonies. One thing that someone mentioned that I really loved was that "Obedience is so crucial to having a strong testimony, you can be disobedient and still experience things and have your testimony grow, but it won't reach its full potential. being obedient increases our testimony so much more than we know." I started to ponder those words the rest of the day and had a good discussion with my companion about it. There is a significant difference in our testimonies depending on our commitment to being obedient. So that was really cool. The branch conference was really good! I loved it so much. 
That is all I have time for this week. I love you heaps! Have a great week!

Elder Shannon    

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