Monday, March 17, 2014

A week of miracles...gathering our Father's sheep.

This week was pretty good! We were pretty busy most of the week. But it was so cool! We saw a couple miracles! So on Tuesday we were thinking of what we could do that day, and we had this "unknown" list, basically a list of people's records the ward has received, and they aren't active, so they have no idea who they are. So we decided to stop by one of them in Camarillo and her name was Ayla. She had been living there for about 6 months and we set up an appointment to meet with her the next day at the church. Aparently she got baptized about 4 years ago, then her really good friend who baptized her went on his mission almost 2 years ago, and she moved shortly after, and lost contact with the church, until we came knockin on her door. So we went to the church the next day and had a great lesson. We went over the Restoration and watched a little video with her. At the end of the lesson, we knelt down for the prayer and asked her to pray and she kinda resisted, then we kind of encouraged her a bit, and she opted to say the prayer. It was such a great prayer! The spirit touched her and she started crying a bit, and she thanked Heavenly Father for sending us to her to reach out to her. And she works usually every Sunday and she asked that she would get work off this week so she could come back to church. THEN! She got her schedule and didn't have work yesterday (: Hallelujah! So she was at church! It was her first time in a singles ward, so it was probably different for her but she enjoyed it!
Desiree was also at church! She is set for baptism on the 29th (: She wanted to see someone else get baptized first before her date.... but there arent' any going on... so we'll have to talk to her about that. But she is doing so good! During church yesterday, she called for Ayla and had her sit next to her during relief society. She is so great! We will be seeing her a couple times this week.
So yeah! Setting up the booth/table at the campus went really good! We made a couple really good contacts. For about an hour of it though I was talking to this guy named Patrick... He was bible bashin' pretty hard. Hahah it made me laugh afterwards though, because he kept saying (keep in mind he's a surfer) "Bro, I know that there are things in the Book of Mormon that contradict the Bible so it's not true" and I would keep answering him, "well, have you read it?" ...."well, no" "Have you prayed about it?" "Um.. no" "Then how do you really know if you haven't even sought it out and asked God?" Haha we repeated that at least 4 times in the conversation... but towards the end he ended up taking a Book of Mormon to read it after rejecting it multiple times. My companion was talking to his buddy for like 15 minutes... I was pretty occupied, but Elder Robison said that the guy he was talking to was getting soooo mad! He said that he could see veins popping out of his forehead! Ha It was fun (:
We had a really good lesson with a girl named Nichole! She is sooo funny! She was being taught by some Sisters in a family ward, but she is YSA age, so the sisters thought she would enjoy the YSA ward better. She we had a "hand-off" lesson where we and the sisters were there at a members house. She is great! She came to church yesterday and she seemed to really enjoy it!
But yeah I always wish I had more time to go more in depth about my week. We've got another busy week this week. Zone conference is on Wednesday so that should be great! 
In church yesterday we talked a lot about prayer and how it is almost always answered in a way we wouldn't expect. The teacher of sunday school told us of something cool. He said "God only has 3 answers that He gives us. 1. Yes 2. Not yet and 3. I have something better for you." And It's sooo true! Everything that happens is for our benefit whether we know it or not. I have definitely learned that so much on my mission!
Thank you for all your love and support! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Have a great week!
Elder Teeples (: 
The district!

And this one may or may not be exaggerated a little bit.... (;

This is how OCD my companion is...(neat and tidy altoids)

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