Hello again everyone!
What a week for Elder 'Iongi and I! Heaps of big things happening to us in Cleveland! We were blessed with a couple of miracles this week:
On Wednesday evenings we go on splits with the ward missionaries. Brother Owen, our ward mission leader, asks that we set up the appointments for that night with investigators, less-active members, or member families in general. Not knowing who our investigators are, and not knowing who the less-actives in the ward are, Elder 'Iongi and I started cold-calling members to set up visits with them to discuss the ward mission plan. We randomly selected a few families, and set up a couple appointments. Elder 'Iongi went with a ward missionary--Brother Fitzpatrick--to visit the Smith family. After they shared the ward mission plan with their family, Sister Smith told them that her oldest son, Harrison, is 10 years old and unbaptized, but wants to be baptized now. She asked us to teach him and baptize him. We went around on Friday and taught him about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and set a date for him to be baptized. He'll be baptized on 10 May. We had to set it so far away because Harrison is going to Singapore for 2 weeks to see his cousin get baptized. He is pretty excited and so is his mum.
On Friday Elder 'Iongi and I were tracting. The last house we stopped at we found a woman named Belinda. Belinda thought we were J-Dubs, and said she was already studying with two JWs. We told her we were from another church and asked if she would like to hear our message. She said no. As we were turning around to walk away, she asked us, "is there life after death?" We told her that there certainly is. She asked us why so-and-so and so-and-so were telling her there isn't one. We said that it's because they are misinformed. We had a lesson with her about what happens when we die. She then asked us if she could get baptized the next week. We told her we need to teach her more before she gets baptized. We are seeing her this Friday, and hope to set a date with her. We aren't 100% sure she's committed to have the discussions, so we didn't set a date with her when we met with her. However, if she's read the pamphlet and chapter from the Book of Mormon we gave her, we'll discuss baptism.
Another small miracle we've experienced this week is discovering how willing to work with us this ward is. The Cleveland ward is very fired-up about missionary work. They're very excited to have Elders in the ward again. We are being treated like royalty (not really, but it's the best way I could think to describe how we're being treated). I hope this is the ward I finish my missionary service in.
Well, I think that's us for this week. I love you all. Thank you for the love and support.
When I visited Ross' Facebook page this week I found a message from a sister he knew in Deception Bay. She wanted to thank Ross for his missionary service and let him know that she and another family member were recently baptized! Kathy