Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Fruit of Our Labors

Dear Family,

This week has been good. Elder Scheidell and I have been working hard to find new investigators. I remember on Friday, things suddenly started to happen.We first did service at a local Food Bank, handing out food for about 2 hours. It was kind of fun! I was in charge of all of the dessert items. I should have eaten a bigger breakfast because those things made me hungry!

After our service, we had lunch, and then biked to the church to begin splits with our ward mission leader. When we got there, we saw that he was already talking with someone. Brother Moses just missed the bus and was looking for a ride to Safeway. We talked a little bit. Brother Moses is a Christian that loves to talk. He seemed very interested in what we taught and he said he would come to church on Sunday. Our ward mission leader gave him a ride.

Then after that, we all got on bikes (Yes, even our +60 year old ward mission leader) and we went to go visit a potential investigator. His name is Brother O. He invited us in and after a little "get to know you" we found out that a lot of his loved ones have either passed away recently, or are sick and close to it. Elder Scheidell and I decided that we needed to teach the Plan of Salvation. He loved it. He became very enthusiastic and he started committing himself to do things. He came to church on Sunday and we didn't even have to ask if we could come back to teach again, he asked us! We are now looking forward to our next appointment this Thursday!

This all sounds great, but I haven't mentioned that before this day, it had been a very slow week. Sometimes in missionary work, it is discouraging because you are working hard every single day and you can't see anything come from it. The thing different that happened on Friday was that before we left our apartment, we prayed that we would be able to see the fruit of our labors. I wasn't expecting it to happen that fast, but I did expect something to happen. When you are petitioning for the Lord's blessings, expect that you need to do your part and that He will answer in his due time. "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you, Amen." (D&C 4:7) I know that this is true. I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Bretton Steiner

Q and A:

How long has your companion been in the Federal Way area?
* Just one transfer before me, so about 2 months now.

Is there a Federal Way Stake?
* Yes

Is your area like a city (Kaysville) or more rural (forests)?
* It is more like Kaysville. There still are a lot of trees, but it is mostly neighborhoods. There are also some apartment complexes, too.

How long has your companion been out on his mission? How old is he?
* 11 months
* 19, I think

How is your district?
* They are doing good. We all had a slow week this week. Well, everyone but the Zone Leaders. They are on fire! For some reason, this week, most people have been canceling appointments. It is really cool that I can start to see how things work in this general area.

Lakota Creek Ward borders the "Puget Sound". We found a beach and took some pictures. It was awesome! We found some shells and sand dollars, too.

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