Monday, April 30, 2012

Week 15 in Sterling Park

It has been quite a great week here in Sterling. We have had lots of really great success! We found 3 new people to teach! First off was an older man who lives next to a member of the ward here. We had stopped by their home to drop off a Book of Mormon for them to write their testimony in and they mentioned that the man next door was quite a bit older and could use someone to talk to as well as someone to mow his lawn so we headed right over to his house and he was pretty excited to see us haha. He let us right in and was more than happy to just sit and talk with us about religion and various things. He is a super cool old guy haha he is 90 and has been a Methodist minister almost his entire life, he was in WW2 and he was a professor of history for 40 years! How cool is that? So he had all sorts of awesome stories to tell us and he showed us a huge train set thing he had built in his garage from scratch. It was like an entire city with various buildings he had hand made with stuff he had found around the house and he had some super old antique trains to go around and through it too, some of which are worth more than $500 a car! He said he would definitely like us to come back and read from our "Mormon Bible" (The Book of Mormon haha) and his Bible haha so that should be sweet. Then later in the week at about 8:45, so right before we were going to head in for the night, we knocked on the door of a man who Elder Anderson had met on the street on an exchange about a month ago who was a member who had fallen away many years ago. He had since lost contact with the Church and wasn't on the ward list. We had knocked on his door many many times before but this time he was there! And man was he excited to see us haha. His eyes got all big and he said "Gentlemen come on in!" So we came in and he introduced us to his wife, she was not a member but she was always very curious about our beliefs so she had lots of questions haha. Just earlier that day though we had just "happened to" have had both a husband and wife in the ward write their testimonies in a Book of Mormon on the first two pages and we were carrying it around with us. So we had a really great lesson about the restoration, during which the husband was very excited to share everything he remembered about it too, and at the end of the lesson Elder Anderson and I both felt very strongly that they needed to have that specific copy of The Book of Mormon that we had just gotten earlier that day. So we gave it to them and they were really glad to receive it and even more glad once they found out their neighbors had written their own personal testimony in it as well. So all around it was a very very cool experience. Then on top of that we went and helped a member with some yard ward about one o clock today and their weed wacker had just broke so we rode our bikes down the street to pick up one from a woman we do yard work for weekly to use instead. After we had finished up with the members though we were riding back to the ladies house to give her her weed wacker back (I had it across my handle bars and we were both in white shirts and ties still so it was quite a strange sight haha) and this guy we rode past was like "What are you guys doing with that thing? You selling it or something?" So we told him we had just finished doing someones edging with it so we were just returning it back to a friend of ours. He then asked "Well how much are you guys charging?" Of course our answer was we don't charge haha and he was like "You're kidding me? You'll just trim my yard for free?" So again of course our answer was yes haha so we helped him trim up his yard and he said he would definitely be interested in us stopping by his house sometime to share our beliefs. So overall it was a great week of success here in Sterling! The Lord has really blessed us with great people in our path this week! I hope everyones week well back home! I'll hopefully let you guys know of some more great experiences next week!

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