...and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants 122: 7-9)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

January 30, 2012

His week has gonemuch more smoothly as I have focused on being positive and tryingto do absolutely everything I could to find and teach people. I have learned that talking to everyone actually meants talking to everyone. It's not just a fun phrase. I was lettingpeople pass me up inthe street whenI've been distracted and not working hard enough on bus and train contacting. We have to find through every single effort we put forth. I can either choose to work my hardest and be happy with my effort or slack in effort and be disappointed with the resulting lack of success. It can apply to anything. I needed to work harder and work smarter.

We found a golden investigator this week and he really made our week. We were focusing really hard on talking to absolutely everyone Friday night, and while we were waiting for our bus home, around 8:40 at night, there didn't seem to be anybody around to talk to. Then we saw a guy walking down a crossroad and we had a few minutes, so we chased him down. He turns out to be really interested. Next day we met up with him. He actually lives above a pub, so that makes visits interesting because we have to go through there. We taught the first lesson and he understood it perfectly. We invited him to be baptized and he he accepted, so we scheduled him for February 18th. He came to church the next day, participated well, and enjoyed it. The members fellowshipped him really well and he got rides there and back from a bishopric member andthe elder's quorum president. Things went very well to help him progress to baptism. It felt really, really good. Like I finally, truly understand my purpose as a missionary. And we could easily have passed up taking to him at the end of our day when we were tired and he wasn't all too close to us. The hard work has been paying off onour companionship as well. Next week is transfers and I will be sad to leave Elder Bensberg if one of us goes.

Thanks for the emails this weel. Tell everyoneI love them. Gotta go now, talke to you next week!

Love, Elder Winder

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