Week 2 of Training – November 9, 2015

  • Companion: Elder Sirrine
  • Area: Jennings Branch, Louisiana

Well it has been an interesting week! I learned how to play poker and I won on several occasions. I’m now $100 richer if it was real money! I was able to get 4 Aces several times and a Royal Flush and no I was not dealing the cards! Ha-ha! There has been a ton of rain still and Friday it got up to 85 degrees with 99% humidity! It’s November!!!! Can I please have some of Utah’s Weather?! Nice and COLD! Not in the 80’s and 70’s!

We had a long weekend too….

We ended up getting a call from some sisters telling us that one of our investigators, who I’m going to call Jim, called them telling them he was going to commit suicide. Jim called the sisters because an Elder who used to be there taught him before he moved to our area. After we went to Jim’s house and talked to him a bit, he lost it and started to take handfuls of pain relief pm pills, but before he could get a second hand full we were able to get the bottle from him. He had just got in a fight with his mom and daughter who had left to get away from him and he has been in a really rough place. We talked to his mom and daughter and found out we were an answer to their prayers. Before they were even done praying we had called them and told them that we were there with him. We arranged a time for them to come back while we were there the next day, to allow Jim to spend time with his daughter, who is 8. So that night we talked to Jim and got him to calm down and we said a prayer and the spirit was really there! We continued to talk to Jim and helped him realize that even if his family doesn’t care about him, that there are many others who do.  And that Christ knows how he feels, and loves him no matter what his mistakes in life [he makes]. We gave him a blessing and told him we would come back tomorrow. We did and his mom and daughter came. We talked with them for a while and the mom shared her story about how we are angels sent by God to her son. It was really cool and spiritual. We invited them to come to church and all 3 of them came to the broadcast! (There was a south western United States broadcast from Salt Lake.) She told us the whole thing was amazing!! How she loved it a lot! She said she is going to come back next week too! We also brought up the Ensign, Friend, and General Conference and how they have other talks just like that. So this morning we signed her up for a year subscription for both, The Ensign and Friend. But their family relationships seems to be better than it ever has [been] before! It’s amazing to see the Spirit at work and the effects of Christ’s Atonement!

I have had a lot of interesting experiences on my mission that usually do not make it past my journal because of one reason or another. But this time I felt like I needed to share this with you. I have really been able to witness the devil at work as well as the power of Christ’s Atonement! Christ’s Atonement is truly remarkable! Christ did die for each and every one of us and he knows how we feel and what we are going through! Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God! The Book of Mormon is true! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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