Monday, August 17, 2015

Setting up an iPad for a Priest

This week's theme seemed to be reverse missionary work. It started by
dooring into a Jehovah Whitness who, after a short conversation, ended
up giving us pamphlets. Then while street contacting we ran into a
lady going to church who was extremely persistent that we should walk
with her to her Church. And it ended with meeting with a priest of
some religion (probably catholic) who after he saw our iPads went and
got one and is having us help him get the bible and the Book of Mormon
on it. Why yes this week was a bit odd. But we did get in a few
amazing lessons.

We have one investigator who is flying through the lessons and came to
church yesterday! He's awesome. I don't know how else to say it. He's
the best in lessons and reads from the Book of Mormon every day.
That's honestly the best way to know its true. He hasn't received an
answer over the Book of Mormon yet but I think he said he knows the
church is true (I'm assuming I understood that German)

We also had an amazing lesson with a family from Nigeria. We found
them my second week here and they've been slowly progressing. This
week the father finally opened up to us (with some help from his wife)
and asked us a few spiritual questions which lead perfectly into the
second lesson (the plan of salvation aka Gods plan for us) and at the
end he said he had some more questions about forgiveness and being
made clean. Which fits perfectly into the third lesson (the gospel of
Jesus Christ). It was so amazing that he opened up and asked
questions. (Always ask the missionaries questions, trust me it makes
our day to have some good questions to ponder and study)

Asking a missionary questions is a bit weird I imagine. But I can't
put it better then how our recent convert Paul said while convincing
his mother to ask us a question "they've come all the way from ____,
saved their money to pay for a mission, and wear white shirts every
day for two years, to just answer questions. Ask them! that's why
there here." It's truly why we're here as missionary's to answer your
questions, whether it's "what does this scripture mean?", or a
question of the soul like "why am I here on the earth?" Small or
large, we love questions. There are no stupid or silly questions to
us. Trust me we know our religion is a bit different then others (it
what makes it true too). The questions that we don't have time to
answer or that we have to look into are my favorite. As missionaries
we will spend hours (while on our bikes or while eating) pondering
about your questions, please throw us a bone, ask us a question! If
you don't want to in person you can always go to Mormon.org/chat to
ask a question. (Ps feel free to email me one)

This week I also got a package from my awesome family. Thanks, my
companion has literally read the "The extremely effective missionary"
three times in the last two days..... I've only been able to pry it
away from him long enough to read half of it. But it got me thinking
about how we need to always be trying new things to see what works.

This week I have my first split where I'm hosting! (a split is where
you trade companions for a day with another missionary) It's scary but
I'm excited and it's going to be fun because Elder Ewig was in my MTC
group. Which means neither of us can speak German. Jk my Germans come
a long way I'm now able to understand almost everything someone says (
of what people are saying.

Thanks for all your emails

Elder Flickinger