I've have been having some good days lately. First question. Has anyone ever heard of Manny Pacquio? He is probably the most famous and well loved person in the Philippines. He is a boxer and when he has a fight, no one is outside. Incidental he had a fight last Sunday morning. (Saturday actually it was in Vegas but for us Sunday.) The Sacrament attendance was supposed to go down, but we had 11 less actives we had visited come to church. The week before we had 3, and this week was said was going to be low. We also had 4 investigators come to church. Manny Pacquio lost, coming to church won. For at least 15 people that is.
This week we also had great success with our teaching in the last
week. We have one less active who really doesn't want to pray. The
problem is when we ask him to close the lesson with a prayer, he will
refuse and then his wife would always say the
prayer. It was impossible for us to find out his concern because his
wife would very quickly take the responsibility on herself and start
praying. So what did we do? We asked his wife to say the opening
prayer. We had a powerful lesson, and then at the
end of the lesson, as expected he didn't want to pray. Unlike previous
however, we were able to ask why. We found out his concerns, and then
we helped him resolve his concerns about prayer. I felt very guided by
the Spirit in what to say to help him to
overcome his concerns. The Spirit was also very strong as he prayed,
for the first time I've heard and probably for the first time in a long
time. Afterwards he was very happy, as were we. We went in with a good
plan and then were led by the Spirit to help
a good man.
We had a couple interesting finding experiences this week. First
was an investigator. We started talking to a man, and the first thing
he said was can you guys come to my house. I thought he must have been a
less active, but as we spoke with him we
found out that he was a nonmember and when our church building was
being built he helped work on it. He had some LDS friends and knew we
had some "good stuff" to tell him. We went to his house later and were
able to teach him about the restoration. It
was interesting because he was very excited for us to come. Our other
find involved a small miracle. We had been trying to contact a certain
less active for about a week. We found his house and then returned
several times but he was never home and we never
had contact with him. Then a few nights ago we were out again in a far
away place at night. We knew where we could get a tricycle, but before
we got far one drove by. We are always thankful for a timely tricycle,
but for this one we were especially thankful.
Why? As we were driving our tricycle driver started to cry. When I
noticed that I started to talk to him. I asked him what his name was...
And it was the very less active we had tried to contact so many time.
After our ride we talked with him a little longer.
He had recognized us as Elders and knew he was not doing everything he
should. He asked if we would come and teach him to help him change his
life. He said he had been trying to change his life already. We have
been able to teach him once and have appointments
for others. He is so receptive. I am out of time here.
Good luck to you all and have a wonderful week,
Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill