Serving The People In Monterrey Mexico and now serving the people of Yakima, Washington
Washington Yakima Mission 1006 S 16th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Monday, April 11, 2016
Transfer week and a upcoming baptism (week 39)
So I bet everyone is wondering what transfer calls has brought us this time. Elder Sanchez and I are going to be staying together here in Royal Camp for another six weeks. It wasn't something I was expecting but it is most defiantly welcomed. Elder Sanchez is an amazing elder and we are going to have a great time as we continue to work with the great people in this area. I really love this area and I am glad I have the opportunity to be here for more time. It's no fun being in an area for just one transfer and I'm thankful I don't have to experience that.
We have been having a great week here in Royal. We have been working a lot with an investigator and he is on-date for this Saturday. It is so exciting. So to give some background when we got into the area he wasn't ready to start progressing. He has been investigating for more than twenty years and his wife and one of his sons are members now. After we met with him a few times at the beginning of the transfer we decided that we would met with him later in the transfer to see if he had changed. As the weeks went by his daughter-in-law kept pestering us on if we had gone to visit him. After about the third time of her asking us we decided we would go and visit him. When we did we found a different person. Things had happened in the weeks since we had seen him and he had developed a desire to change and receive the blessings that he saw in the lives of those around him. Since then we have been meeting with him about four times a week to prepare him for baptism. Now his is ready and will be baptized this Saturday! It truly is a miracle. I love being able to work with such amazing people and see the changes that happen in their life. It's also cool to see that he has used the power of the atonement to overcome his addiction to smoking. The atonement can truly heal any ailment and help us in any point in our lives.
This week we got to meet with an investigator that just moved here from Pasco. She was investigating when she lived there and was even on-date to be baptized. We are going to start meeting with her and help her learn more of the gospel. The lord blesses us with great people to teach when we trust in him and his timing.
This past week we also had our zone training meeting. It was great as we focused on teaching the doctrines and becoming better teachers. We discussed how we need to know what we are talking about. We focused on the importance of knowing the 42 principles. Those would be the purple subtitles in chapter three of preach my gospel. When we have a firm grasp on those we can better teach to peoples needs. When we know all the doctrine and the principles we can answer their questions with those same principles and they will better understand. The zone leaders gave us a talk to read by David A. Bednar called "The Answer is the Doctrine". It is a great talk teaching that the Doctrine is the answer to the questions why and the principles are the answers to the questions of what and the application of that is the answer to the question how. He tells us that we should think of "what doctrines, if understood, would change attitudes and behavior? And how can we then best help them learn those doctrines." When we teach them this way they will teach themselves and be able to solve and overcome their problems for themselves.
I hope everyone is having a great week back home.
The Othello Zone! Such a happy bunch right? I thought you would enjoy this picture.