This week has really flown by. Most of the week we have been working on contacting some of less active families the ward has given us to contact. We have talked with nearly all of them, and we gave the report back to the bishop. He seemed very impressed. I feel that we are really starting to gain the trust of the ward. I had several really neat experiences as we were contacting less active families. One of them was on Wednesday evening. We were told to contact a less active man named Israel, but he doesn't have any information in the directory. So we called his parents in another ward to get some info. They told us to stop by their daughter, Amanda, who is also less active.So that's what we did on Wednesday. The neat thing was that it was even our plan to stop by. Our primary fell through, so I felt that we should stop by. Ha ha, the first thing she asked us was, "who sent you?" She is super funny, and we set an appointment to meet with her and her nonmember husband this Wednesday. She also has to little boys that are very active. It's going to be really great meeting with them. On our way out she looked at her son and said, "Grandpa has been saying we need to go back to church." I'm excited to help them do it.
There are several other less active members that have told us to try back and have also set appointments with us. One of them we met yesterday. Also not our primary plan. But I felt it would be a good time to stop by. Brother Ruiz let us in. I asked him how his day was. He told us it was very bad because his wife passed away only four months ago. We will be meeting with him later this week to help him feel the peace and comfort that only come from our Heavenly Father. He is preparing people. The ward is really helping us find them! We are going to do all we can to help the ward with their own missionary efforts. That's the only thing that's been working for us.
English class was really interesting this week. We had 2 Chinese people there this time that did not speak hardly any English. I didn't teach them. But they were really friendly. So humble, too. I would never be able to do what they're doing. We also met with one of our investigators who has been really busy lately. His name is Jeremiah. He's from Ethiopia. He's really great. The entire time that we read from the Book of Mormon, he was connecting it to verses in the Bible. He's really going to start progressing soon. I can see it!
This week we had a meeting with the zone leaders and Pres and Sis Thomas. It was for all of the missionaries in training. It was very helpful. We had a portion of the meeting where trainers and trainees split up for discussion. It was comforting to hear that the other trainers are having the same difficulties as me. Yeah...training is the hardest thing I've been asked to do in my life! But the meeting was really helpful.
I'm pretty sure that's all I've got. I love you all! Happy Easters!
Elder C. Lyons