But this week has been a fantastic one. (Courtney's note: clearly Elder Schoen doesn't understand that "bites the dust" means falling on one's face, and usually refers to things that aren't fantastic, considering "Another Week Bites the Dust" is his subject line of this e-mail...so cute)
We had three investigators at church with us this week and all are preparing to be baptized! We will see if i will be here when they are because transfers are in two weeks and i will most likely be headed out because i will be done being trained! But im still so pumped to be here in Fresno! Im just absolutely loving our area. Although many people arent very kind or inviting, there are quite a few that have interest!
one funny story that happened this week was i was on an exchange with our Zone leader and the day he came on was one where we had NO set appointments which means a lot of tracting. So we did that for like an hour and had NO success. So we prayed about what we should do with our time and i felt the need to go and see some of the potential investigators that we had in our area book. So for the next few hours we tried quite a few potentials and practically all of them invited us to come back. I really needed that because the day had started out really hard and I needed something to boost my spirits and honestly there is nothing better to boost a down spirit than to have someone invite you back.
I Saw the Lords hand work miracles this week, and surprisingly not even in my life. I saw him answer my prayers for others. It softens my heart to see the love God has for me because of his willingness to hear and answer ALL of my prayers. I absolutely love hearing all of your missionary moments, small or large! Pass along cards truly are miracle workers. They are free conversation starters! That is how we do most of our street contacting is just asking if they would like a picture of Jesus Christ! Also it is so easy to give them out. Just as you are checking out of walmart or a fast food just hand them one and share a simple testimony! (Courtney's note: I love his optimism..."it's really so easy"...uh huh, I wish I had his courage!) It goes a long way! Continue to help out the missionaries! We need all the help we can get! My favorite scripture this week comes at the very end of the Book Of Mormon: Moroni 10: 32 and 33.
32 Yea, acome unto Christ, and be bperfected in him, and cdeny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and dlove God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be eperfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.Insert Courtney's note: Here is a video that goes along with this scripture
The best way to be perfected in Christ is baptism but considering we cant be baptized over and over, We get to take the Sacrament! What a blessing! I love you all!