So this past Saturday we had our Zone Training Meeting and we went over the changes to the missionary schedule. So these are the changes. On p-day we have from 6:30 - 8 to pray, get ready for the day, plan for 30 minutes and personal study for 30 minutes. Then from 8 - 6 we have our p-day. and from 6 - 9 we go out and do missionary work. from 9 - 10:30 we have time to write in our journals and get ready for bed. No more nightly planning. Our week day schedule is like this. from 6:30 - 10 we have time to exercise (30 min), eat breakfast, shower, plan (30 min), personal study (60 min), and do whatever else we need done to be ready for the day. They ask that at 10 we be out and proselyting for at least an hour. from 10 - 5 we need to also do companionship study (30-60 min) have lunch (30 min) and language study (30-60 min). They give us the freedom to do those things at any time during those hours. At 5 we have dinner and from 6 - 9 we do missionary work. Then just like p-day we have 9 - 10:30 to write in our journals and get ready for bed. Today is our first day with this new schedule and it has gone rather well. I'll have to keep you up-dated next week after a week in the new schedule.
We have had just a great week here in Quincy. I love this place and sadly the time seems to being flying by pretty fast. It is crazy to think that I have already been here for a week and a half. We have been working on finding some new people and we are finding them. We haven't found as many as we would hope but, we still have more work to do. I'm still learning the area and who some of the people are but, I don't think it will be much longer before I have a good handle on the area. Thankfully they use the grid system here in Quincy.
We are working with the Williamson family and they are doing great. They have such a great desire to draw closer to Christ and make the choice that will allow them to find more happiness. Their kids are a bunch of fun although we are trying to find more ways to help them progress even more. I'm sure we will find something here soon. This week we are also expecting to be able to get a hard date on when they can be baptized.
President Lewis shared this great quote from Neil L. Andersen that I love.
“Some might say that baptisms are not determined by the missionary because it is a moral choice that every investigator must make. There is truth in that statement, but there is also truth in this one: There is a power that can cause things to happen that need to happen. There is a spiritual force that can stir a mortal soul toward the spiritual, motivating deeper study into the Book of Mormon and more prayer with real intent. Faith is a power, and it can cause things to happen that need to happen. It can cause a soul who is good but dormant to awaken to God.”
I agree with that whole heatedly. We sure can't force anyone's agency but, we sure can have faith that things will happen. And faith is what makes miracles. So as we have faith that the lord will lead us to people, lead us in how to teach them, and that they will be ready to be baptized it will happen.
I hope everyone has a great week. I know we are going to work our best to make this a great week. Espero que puedan sentir el espiritu muy fuerte y que puedan actuar en los susurros.
After doing some service at the food bank a member ask for some help at a huge ware house. This is elder Davis and Hermano Barajas.
This is the home where the mission has the Christmas gathering for the northern half. We had dinner with them this past week.
The snow didn't want to stop
We had dinner with some members and we ate on the table as part of their tradition. And their table is the same as our back home before we painted it. (Sorry its sideways)
We organized our supply closet this morning
Look at all the apples. That Elder Wright up front and Elder Bown behind.