Well, now that I've been writing in my journal every day, I have stuff to talk about I guess (haha).
We had a couple of neat experiences. On the 22nd, there was this one guy who is a little less active. He's got some struggles. He had prayed for the first time in a long time that morning. We showed up later in the day (haha). He was on our plans to go see, but he was kind of in the background of our minds. It came time, and we went to go see him. He was like, “oh, okay, I get it. I get the hint.” We are helping him come back and change and enjoy the blessings of the atonement.
We are going to take this family to visit a part member family – well two part member families actually. We took and active member family with us to go visit them, and they brought some cookies to give to them. We are praying because we hadn't set anything up. So we were praying that they would be home, and both of them were home. So that was another miracle.
We had another miracle where we ran into this member, who was in our ward and is less active, at a gas station. Somebody wasn't able to feed us so we got a coupon for a pizza. So we went to go get the pizza and she was there. She was like, “hey, Elders!” We thought, “woah, they're members,” because nobody calls us Elders – unless they are members (haha). She said, “what ward are you in?” The third ward. She said, “that's my ward.” We said, “oh,” and she said, “I need to come to church.” She has a hard time getting up, and she is trying to push herself to come, but you know, it's hard. It's a new situation. There are a lot of new people, and some people have a hard time coming back. We are going to help her out and help her to come back to church.
We had a zone barbecue on our P-day at Pioneer Park. We were able to play football there, a little bit. We had fun eating and just hanging out as a zone. They kind of celebrate pioneer day up here, but not really.
We had one day where (haha).... We have been doing really good and working hard to get out to as many people as we can, and trying to share the gospel with everybody. We are doing our best to help people, and things are going really well. I started to think, “we doing really good, we're good.” Then of course, this being not my work, but the Lord's, I needed some chastisement (haha). So we had where we had like nothing going on. We were like, “okay, this isn't us doing these blessings, it's the Lord that is providing everything and everybody.” He is helping these people out. We are just tools in his hands to bring about his work. If we are not humble, and we don't trust in him, and try to do his will as best we can, we are noting going to experience those blessings. We are not going to be able to help those people out. We are not going to be guided by the Spirit. As we are striving to do our best and work hard, we are also striving to be humble. Like it says in Ether 12:27 that if we will choose to be humble, then those weaknesses can become strengths.
We were able to help a family move, but none of them are members. We were able to go, and talk with them, and sing a song for them – “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” They really liked it and want us to come back. We gave them a Book of Mormon, and hopefully next time follow up with them and see if we can't teach them more about the Church and all these wonderful things, and help them be happy and gain access to the atonement.
We had a training meeting that was over webcast. It was good to be reminded and refocused on what our purpose is; which is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel.
We had a really busy day (haha); goodness. We had a lot of really busy days, which is fun because I like organizing really busy days. We like to help out as many people as we can.
I hit my year mark on the 27th, so I have less than a year left. Today is my last July 30th on my mission (haha).
We tracted into a guy who works on Fort Wainwright. That was kind of neat. We were like, “oh, let's go stop by that house.” So we went over there and he was really friendly, and we talked about the Book of Mormon, and he's like, “oh yeah, my friend told me all about that.” Apparently his friend is doing a pretty good job because he remembered everything that we talked about. He said he will go and talk to his friend (haha). We will probably go back in a week or two and see how's he is doing. That was fun. We find that when we do tracting as a backup – we are kind of selective in our tracting – but the first one or two houses it's like there's the person we needed to talk to. It's kind of neat how it happens. There are just amazing people that are being prepared that don't have any associations with people in the ward that we are able to help out.
A lot of little miracles happening, it's pretty cool. Obedience is key (haha). If we are not doing our best, it doesn't happen.
Love, Elder Record