This is Elder Johnson! This past week has been quite a crazy line. As always the work has been hard but worth every minute. Our mission had their long awaited smart phone roll out this past. It was the first meeting that I have ever been to that didn't require us to wear suits! That was fun. Anyway we were down at the mission office for 5 hours setting up all the programs on our new phones. It was a very crazy day.
Elder Maea and I have been working very hard this week teaching many lessons and helping investigators and members out. It is such a blessing to be able to go and help members and investigators when they are in need of a prayer over their home or in need of a blessing.
Ashlee is progressing towards baptism very well, she is enjoying the lessons and loving everything. She told us that the gospel principals book and everything we've been teaching her is answering all her questions that she has been trying to get answers for all her life. Fun fact- Ashley used to be a Jehovah's Witness.
Our other investigator Stephano has also been taking the lessons and is very interested. He and his soon to be father-in-law set their baptism date for. Stephano and his girlfriend are not yet married but surprised us right before teaching the law chastity lesson just this last week when they informed us that they're going to get married! The Lord works in mysterious ways!
This current problem that Don has is actually turning out really well for him. I won't go into much detail about what the problem is but I will tell you that he has a deadline that he has to have some things done by or he might lose things precious to him. It's really turned him to the Lord- he's been reading the Book of Mormon a lot and then asking for us to come over and just discuss scriptures with him and just talk things out with him which has been really good.
He's kind of cracked out of his shell and is really talking about the gospel. This is really working good for him. I've seen a lot of change in him the past 2 weeks, a lot more change then I've seen in the past 6 months which is awesome.
He told methat he is no longer craving alcohol which is really weird to him. He said that he always thought since he was so hooked that he would always have the cravings, and that he would never get over his problem of drinking. He is coming to realize for himself that what we have been telling him all along is true. What we have been telling him is that if he were to fall on his knees and plead with the Lord to remove this problem from him, and then do everything that he can do to stop that it will happen.
Well he is doing just that. He has been praying and reading and then really trying. So we're still working with him. Please keep praying for him. Thank you very much for keeping him in your prayers because I've seen it working this past week. oh one more thing. Don said that he feels like the Lord is testing him and he doesn't know why but he's sure it's for a good reason. which is awesome.
Love you all! Have a good week!