I don't have much time to write today because I'm going to DC this afternoon. WOO! Finally get to see our nation's capitol. Pictures will be sent next week, for sure!
This week was great! We picked up a new investigator. His name is Bob, and he is 92 years old. Sister Evans and I had actually tracted into his home months ago and met his granddaughter, who was taking care of him and his wife. She told us to come back, but we never got around to it until now! And instead of the granddaughter, we found Bob! Bob designed airplanes during World War II and worked under Sister Udall's relative, Morris Udall, in the Department of Interior. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford as a chemical engineer, and taught Sunday School at a Methodist church for over 50 years. Quite the man!
He has a very strong faith in God and Jesus Christ, but becomes too involved in factual evidence to support his beliefs. He is an EXTREMELY intelligent man, who often cuts us off in our teaching with stories about all sorts of things. One minute he'll be quoting scripture, the next minute he'll be talking about an archeological dig he went on. ALL OVER THE BOARD. But he's great - I love him so much! We taught him two lessons in the past week, and he kept our commitment of reading the pamphlet and even took notes! However, he can't seem to accept that there are prophets after Christ and keeps considering why the priesthood can't be held by women. At this point, I'm a little frustrated because I can't tell if our visits with him are helping him grasp the gospel as much as doing him a service by taking an hour of our day to talk with him (since his wife has Alzheimer's and he needs someone to chat with). He has even been helped/taught by Elders in the past. We see the love that he has for his wife, who we met at our second lesson. She goes by "Petey" (how cute!) and the only teeth she has left our her two front teeth. She's precious! So we're considering taking a different approach in our next lesson... that he can be with his wife FOREVER! We're hoping this works. We'll continue to pray about it. Let me know if you receive any insight on Bob!
The broadcast about member missionary work was AMAZING! Afterwards, we looked at our phone and saw that two members had already called us! One in particular was for us to teach a member's father-in-law, who grew up in the Church but never had a testimony and remained semi-active all his life. He is now in his 90's and lives with the member, who said that he would like to take the missionary lessons in order to truly gain a knowledge of the gospel! MIRACLE. He has been coming back to church since living with the member, but now he needs a better understanding of what is going on. We're so excited to teach him! His name is Brother Roberts (don't know his first name), but he's originally from Star Valley, Wyoming. He is so old, but so wonderful. Seeing a pattern here? First Byrd, then David, on to Bob, now Brother Roberts - OLD PEOPLE ARE THE BEST.
Speaking of David, we haven't been able to have another lesson with him yet :( We HAVE been keeping good contact with him though, over phone and by stopping by. He read the pamphlet, we know, and also started reading the Book of Mormon. I still feel that his heart in really in this, but I think his wife is leaving the country soon (to visit Burma perhaps?) so they're getting preparations done for that. I think we have a lesson with him and his wife tomorrow though! Keep him in your prayers.
Well, I must go, but I'll leave you with a scripture that Bob read to us as we gave him a Book of Mormon to flip through. He LITERALLY flipped through it, and found Alma 7:25 and read it out loud to us!
25 And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out.
After he reads it, Bob says: "Now that's just BEAUTIFUL!" Indeed it is. How grateful I am to know that as I keep my garments spotless through the Atonement of Christ, that I will be BLESSED. And that the day will come when I have "to go no more out" and just REST. I'll work my hardest while I'm here on Earth to achieve that goal.
Thank you all for your prayers, love, and support! HAVE A GREAT WEEK.