Monday, February 13, 2017

"The LdM is the center of the Church of Jesus Christ, and by reading it it can help us in our lives more than any other book. "

Wow, this week felt like two. So much stuff happened.

It started with tuesday when this awesome member had us teach a family that he shared the gospel with. Normally there were three of them but one couldn't make it, so we taught this couple the first lesson. They were really open, and although they didn't accept our invitation to be baptised just yet, with some time they will be ready. Thanks, members.

When our DMP does our Faatamaaraa, often he works when we're open, and we have things when he's open, so it doesn't work out very well. So what we do is he has his mother-in-law, an amie, do it. We eat and talk, and we have a really nice, spiritual conversation with her. She wants to be baptised but right now her husband doesn't want it at all. One day she'll be there.

This week we had a multizone conference that was focused on the LdM. Really inspiring. It was about how we need to use the LdM for conversion. We're trying to focus more on the LdM in our lessons and really teach the importance of it. It's so true. The LdM is the center of the Church of Jesus Christ, and by reading it it can help us in our lives more than any other book. So, share it! So we did that, we focused on it, and improved our techniques, and got a handfull of potential people. So, challenge: Take a LdM, choose a favorite scripture, give the book to a friend and share your favorite scripture. Testify of how it has helped you in your life and how it will change theirs. How can someone deny your testimony? Who doesn't want a better, happier life?

So here are a couple experiences with the LdM: We found this papi named Gerard* who is sanito but doesn't really know about the different religions. We presented the LdM which he gratefully accepted and he invited us back the next day. We came back and taught him the story of Joseph Smith, and it wasn't bad. Again, not yet ready to fully accept our message, but petit à petit he'll accept. 

We also did the LdM bible exchange with the témoins de Jéhovah. At first they weren't too willing to accept the book, but they eventually took it. We'll see if anything happens next week.

We've been trying to teach this guy named Maipe*. His wife is a member, and actually I knew really well her mom in Takaroa. It's been really hard to teach him, actually. He hasn't shown any desire to read in the LdM or to pray or to go to the chapelle or to do any other things with him. One day this week we we taught them on families and eternal life. We engaged them to fix goals for their family. We thought it was a really spiritual lesson and that Maipe would hold up his engagement this time, but when we came back it was just the same as usual. We tried setting up more goals, but no success. It's so sad to see this family that's missing out on so many blessings. He said that if God himself came to him and told him to go to the temple with his family, that he wouldn't go. He would send his wife and daughter, but he wouldn't go himself. I guess that means to some extent that he believes it, and he's just not ready to change. 

Well, those are some of the stories for this week. Each day I'm seeing the Lord's blessings. We're not quite seeing the success that we want, but I'm positive that the Lord has other plans than we think.

Love you all!

Elder Lewis

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