We are working with some awesome people right now, I get so excited to study and teach these people!
That one guy Jim is really making progress! Some highlights of the week were sharing a talk by Elder Christofferson called "the Divine Gift of Repentance" (It's one of my favorites, Jim is really starting to learn that repentance is a change of heart and hard work). His English is really good, so he volunteered to help us teach our English class! it was so fun, we have a lot of families who attend with some rowdy kids... It was nice to have one other person on our team this time :)
Speaking of English class we had a really cool miracle thats been developing the last couple of weeks. We live in the same apartment building as this really cool mom and two daughters. We ALWAYS run into them coming or leaving, and gotten to be buddies with them. Im not sure if we had even invited them, but they started attending our English class a couple weeks ago. We started talking with them afterwards about the Gospel. She is Buddhist, but is having a hard time raising her two daughters, and feels like Christianity does a better job of helping families! Her and her youngest daughter both came to church yesterday, and are willing to learn more! We are going to meet with them and our relief society president this week!! (she also lives in our apartment, so they are already friends!!)
Yesterday we had ward conference.The bishop and the Stake president both got up in the combined third hour and just went crazy with all these charts and maps. They have a goal to split the ward a year from now! The Bishop was just getting so hyped and yelling to get all the members excited as well! haha we love our Bishop but he keeps offending people because He's so passionate! Regardless he's really doing a good job leading the ward, and none of our investigators were too weirded out by any of the stats :)
Here is a quote from that talk we shared with Jim:
Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life. Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Suffering for sin does not by itself change anything for the better. Only repentance leads to the sunlit uplands of a better life. And, of course, only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and salvation. Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration.
Having a great time here, really trying to enjoy every last minute :)
Love, Elder Gilbert