Tuesday, June 7, 2011

John 3:5


June 6, 2011

Dale Coy got baptized on Saturday! It was so awesome to see the happiness it brought to the Coy family. Dale showed up to the baptism in his brand new suit. He looked so sharp and happy. Brother Coy has been a member of the Church for about two years. It was so cool to see him baptize and confirm his son. Yesterday he bore his testimony during Sacrament meeting. He talked about how much God does comfort us when we get down and the blessings he gives us. He said he expected all of his trials to go away once he joined the Church of Jesus Christ. However his life was still just as hard. What he has learned from these last six months is that you find happiness through living the gospel of Jesus Christ and not just being a member of the Church. He was so grateful that the Lord softened the heart of Dale's mother and that she finally gave permission for him to get baptized.

This week has been so awesome. Miracles are happening in the Yorba Linda area. This week Elder Johnson and I found four new investigators after not finding any these last two weeks. That is one quarter of all the new investigators found in our zone this week. The first new investigators we found this week are named Eric and Ryan. We knocked into their door and they said that missionaries helped them move in about six years ago but they didn't listen when their parents were taught the discussions. They are ages 20 and 16. They let us in without any hesitation and we had such a great lesson with them. They don't really have any religion and didn't know what the bible is about and why Jesus Christ is so important. We were able to explain to them about the restoration and the plan of salvation. When we told them that they could pray about the Book of Mormon and that they would receive an answer to whether or not it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost their eyes just lit up. They said that they were going to try it out that night. We look forward to teaching them more about the gospel.

We also met a man named Lee this week. We were parked outside of a bar looking up directions and just getting some stuff in order when a guy came out of the bar and started talking to us. He is a Jehovah Witness but has been disfellowshipped because he started smoking and drinking again. We had a great talk with him about what he believed and got his phone number. We had the chance to go and visit him on Saturday and had a lesson with him. He has a lot of strange beliefs but is a great guy who is trying to come closer to God. He has talked to missionaries in the past and his neighbors used to be members before they moved and they left a big impression. We are excited to share more about why The Book of Mormon is so important.

Yesterday we found a Philippino man named Brother Santos. We had a little bit of communication problems with him but were able to share a message about the Book of Mormon in his home with him. We are going to get a Book of Mormon in Tagalog and bring it back for him. We also think somebody in the ward may have gone on a mission there and will be able to speak to him better. He is such a nice old man that was very willing to have us in his home. He kept saying, "first time I heard this." We were happy to be the ones to introduce him to the Book of Mormon and share why it matters.

We got to teach a lesson on polygamy to the Ready family this week. It went over very well and they understood that sometimes God commands us to do differently than the standing commandments. We explained that it really comes down to whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet. Brother Ready is still reading from the Book of Mormon and praying to receive an answer about it. Right now he doesn't feel that it is true. As he reads it he feels that it was written by a man. He is trying to read very sincerely and we know that God will answer his prayer as he keeps reading.

I love you all very much. Share the gospel with everyone!
Elder Matthew Arnold

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