I have been staying quite busy and happy this week! This Monday I got to go to Cliffs of the Neuse again with a bunch of other missionaries! Really fun to get outside.
We found three new investigators this week. One of them is the spouse of an investigator who we have been teaching, the other is a brother of a member in the Mt. Olive Ward, and the last is a girlfriend of an inactive member who has been returning to church.
The latter investigator is particularly elect in the way she has received the Gospel. She says she feels like she is actually growing when she hears from us. She says that she feels something different that she hasn't felt in other churches. She is a Hispanic woman and her name is Flora (name changed for privacy). Our first lesson with her and her husband was in a member's home. The Spirit was able to be present in the lesson and a feeling of love was there as well. Throughout all these new experiences, I have grown to realize how each person has their own challenges and difficulties that can prevent them from fully accepting the gospel, however, it is not impossible for them to accept it. There is a way for everyone. That is the marvellous concept about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel.
We have been continually working with less-active members and encouraging them to take steps that will help them come closer to Heavenly Father. We have encouraged them to share the gospel, prepare for the temple, and sometimes even help them understand the importance of a patriarchal blessing.
A lot of Hispanic people have fed us this week. I have had pozole, doblitos, mole, and lots of rice and beans! Lots of Mexican food. It's so good!
This week we got to put giant sheets of plastic covering over a member's greenhouse for a service project. It took us two days to finally make it happen. The first day, we were trying to hold the plastic down on one side while the other side was being stapled down. The wind picked up and I was holding on for dear life to this giant piece of plastic. It ripped out of my hands and the Relief Society president on the other side was holding on for dear life to that plastic. I thought she was going to fly away. She ended up having to let it go, but that moment was just about the funniest thing that has happened to me in a while! I was going to die of laughter. Everything ended up well and now they have a nice, covered greenhouse with a pool and a ton of tropical plants. Paradise!
This week should be filled with great opportunities to strengthen investigators and members! Remember the importance of sharing the gospel and don't have fear of hastening the work to all God's children. This is His gospel!
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|Elder Dallin Remund|
Virginia Chesapeake Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints