May 1, 2012
Our district at the Newport Beach temple this morning with Pablo, who will be leaving in July for his own mission to Fresno.
We were contacting last Thursday down in an apartment complex in our area and I talked to a woman who was in a hurry to go to work, and after a short conversation I gave her a Book of Mormon and she gave us her phone number. We called her and set up an appointment to come over. The first time over we only had a short time, so we talked about the Book of Mormon quickly and gave her a Restoration pamphlet. When we came back the second time, I found one of the best-prepared new investigators I have ever come across on my mission. She studied the entire pamphlet, even looking up all the scriptures and answering the questions at the back. We had such a spiritual lesson, and you could tell that she was really "hungering and thirsting after righteousness."
Remember the new investigator that we set a baptismal date with? We have taught her twice since then and even did a Church tour with her and her member friend last night. We taught her about the Sabbath day and at first she said she wouldn't be able to attend, because she has a contract to work Saturdays and Sundays, but after thinking about it and reading 1 Nefi 3:7, she decided to switch her schedule to go in to work after Church ended. That's an awesome start, and definitely a large step of faith!
We were so busy yesterday. Not a single appointment fell through from 3pm to 9:30pm. We even had a cool lesson with Angel, a 17-year-old kid. In district meeting yesterday we practicing extending powerful baptismal invitations, and the district goal for this week is to invite every single investigator who doesn't currently have a date to be baptized. Right after we were teaching Angel, and he had already turned down the baptismal invite before (already baptized), but we decided to just go for it because of the district goal, and to our utter amazement he said yes!
I am working hard to stay focused. It is so easy (the natural man) to let up your focus little by little in the last stretch of your mission, so to be able to stay focused you have to make a concerted effort to be even more focused than ever before. To avoid slowing down, you need to step on the gas. I have had the strong impression that there are still things that God needs me to do here (before my world comes crashing down around me), and I want to be able to know that I did them all.