Monday, November 17, 2014

That awkward moment when your food smiles at you.

So this happened to me a few days ago shortly after eating breakfast. No, I didn't rig it in any way. That would be cheating. I did think it was hilarious though.
For those non-missionaries wondering what it is that we teach, here is the bulletpoints taken from each of the 5 lessons:

You can get more on them by actually going to Preach My Gospel.

Alas, I am pressed for time once more so please excuse any typos you may find. We have (hopefully) someone being baptized on the 29th. A guy by the name of M***. He's a non-member in a Part Member family, and has been talking with the missionaries for probably close to a year. Elder Holden was just super bold and straight-up with him and said "So, Brother M***, are you going to be baptized or what?" The best part is that we had been joking around with his wife a while back about how we just need to keep on coming over so that when he is ready to join the Church we could baptize him because 'he would make a great Branch President'. She had a good laough at that, mainly because she just didn't see it happening any time soon. A few weeks later she had an interview with the Stake President, and he told her that her "husband's heart may be softened and who knows, he would probably be the next Branch President". That about knocked her off of her chair! She cornered us in the parking lot that Monday and asked us who we'd been talking to about this, and we told her we'd talked with nobody. And now her husband wants to be baptized. Yeah, #Miracles. This is also the guy who loves to insult everyone in sight out of love, especially missionaries, calling us devil worshipers, the like. Naturally it's all false and in jest, but of all the people I thought would want to join the church this month his name was not at the top of the list. We go back over to see him today hopefully.

As to the Pentacostal missionaries, there really wasn't all that much to mention here other than it was one of the most scriptually founded and polite Bible Bashes I've ever been in. Unlike most preachers/pastors/other you meet down here who just talk over you, these two gentlemen actually let us talk and share all of the scriptures we had before they talked, and we afforded them the same courtesy. It really was awesome. Neither one of us were interested in joining the other group's church, we were both too faithful in our own church, but.... yeah. It was interesting.

One thing we are working on teaching wise is the idea of finding where you teach and teach where you find. Both Elder Holden and I agree that we should be able to teach far more than just 4 lessons per day. We just need to start teaching as soon as we first start talking to someone, whether it be outdoors or just after knocking on a door. This will also help those we talk to understand that we aren't just there to sell Bibles to people as so many people here in Walnut Ridge think, that we actually have a message of great importance that will bring greater happiness and joy into the lives of those who hear it and decided to give it a shot. With this in mind we have a goal to teach a total of 29 lesson this week. We should be able to do it, as we made 31 last week. Just teach where ever you go.

I'm out of time, but I just want everyone to know that I know who it is I represent. I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among this people, that they might have Everlasting Life. This message of the Restoration and all it entails is not meant to convert anyone to a specific church, but to Christ Himself. When we are converted to Christ, we will naturally want to join His church. That is the church I for whom I preach. This is the Lord I represent. This is my witness, that I know this to me true. Christ is King, and His church is back on this earth once more, and it will never be taken away until He comes again to personally rule on Earth.

-Elder Jayden Barker

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