Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Even Though this Life is a Test, We are Never Alone

Hey, hi, ho!

Elder Ludlow and I were able to see a lot of miracles and success this week. We had a total of twenty lessons. Yesterday we were able to visit three inactive sisters that had not been visited in a long time. That was a miracle in itself because they said that their schedules recently have been busy. We were able to have a Gospel discussion with each of them and two of them have potential to come to church this next week. One sister has a problem with her leg, so if a member could go pick her up and take her to church then she would probably come.

We also found a new investigator this week. We were having a lesson with one of our investigators named Dylan at a food court and I noticed a man sitting at the table next to us. He isn't Japanese and I could tell he was listening in on our conversation. After our lesson with Dylan (who is progressing pretty well) I turned to the man next to us and asked him if he spoke English. We talked to him and he said his name was Nilesh. He said he is from London and he had some questions about the Book of Mormon. We were able to teach him and he became a new investigator. I was definitely guided by the Spirit to talk to Nilesh.

We had a really good lesson with David and Barbie this week. They are setting a goal for the temple and are getting close to doing anything to get there. David also said that he felt really strongly that he needs to get baptized. Megumi Shimai also committed to pray for her boss so she can ask for Sundays off at work. We had a great lesson with Masatoshi this week as well. We did a tour of the church and he seemed to like it a lot. He said he doesn't know if God exists but he has some questions. We told him about the Book of Mormon and gave him a copy. We plan to meet with him later this week.

We also got an investigator with a baptismal date this week! His name is Weijing Xuan and he is amazing. We did a tour of the church this week and we stopped in the Chapel and talked about the Sacrament and Jesus Christ. We began to talk about baptism and showed him a picture of Christ being baptized. Weijing asked us if we had the water like in the picture. We took him to the Baptismal Font and continued to talk about baptism and the cleansing that comes with it. We were all feeling the Spirit strongly and Elder Ludlow asked Weijing how he felt about baptism and entering into the church. Weijing replied that it would be good for him, so we committed him to be baptized on October 20th! We also have another lesson with him today where he will bring his friend who is interested in the Gospel.

My subject line of this email is something I read in the Liahona today. I just liked it. I like Church magazines. I kind of wish I had read them more before my mission. It's kind of like conference talks all the time. Just another testimony that the Gospel is true.

That's kind of the news from last week. We will be busy again this week, but who's complaining? Love you all.


Elder Sanderson

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