This week has been kind of all over the place haha...
We were starting a lesson with Kenny last week and he asked us what we would teach him if it were our last lesson with him. He ended up telling us that he had received a prompting that he needed to leave Columbus. He had the elders give him a blessing and still felt that he needed to go. He was doing so well! He had stopped smoking, drinking, everything, completely living all the commandments and was so in tune with the spirit and so happy and ready to be baptized. We all felt okay about his prompting, and said our goodbyes. He didn't want to go, but said he would be leaving that night or the morning. Well, he has still been hanging around and is still here, but hasn't met with us. We're not quite sure what happened, but I think that once you ignore a prompting long enough, it goes away. He said he is going to hop trains to Palmyra to go visit the sites. Ultimately he is using his agency, but we hope he turns it around. He is such a great guy!
Eric is doing so great. We were able to meet with him twice last week, and then he came to a baptism on Saturday, and then to all 3 hours of church and break the fast! It was so great! He fits right in. He is way smart, so he can grasp a lot at once. We've taught almost all the lessons now, and he is working towards baptism. He just needs to pray more about what he is learning and reading. He is already almost done with Alma! And he's not just reading it to read it as fast as he can, but he tells us all about hat he has learned it is insane!
Sadly, Jeremy has not been responding to our texts and calls. It breaks my heart because he is so prepared. I know that this Gospel is exactly what he needs but he just doesn't know it yet. Sometimes I hate agency haha. We're going to keep trying to get a hold of him though.
Molly is doing great too. She went home to Cleveland for a few weeks so we won't be able to meet with her but hopefully we can still keep up with her progress through texting in the meantime.
I am not sure if we told you about Brent, but we met Brent outside a convenience store a few weeks ago, and began chatting with him. He has had a rough past with some other churches and has a bad taste in his mouth about church but we were able to talk about a lot of things and we set up another time to meet with him. Well he came to the institute and we gave him a chapel tour. It went really south really fast...We had a member with us, and Brent really didn't like him for some reason so whenever the member Joel would try to testify or add to anything, Brent would just be like, dude don't try to convince me of that. Then at the end, it just got really awkward for us because he began to be really closed off. We explained to him why we wanted to meet with him but he said that we were just trying to convert him and he left. Then he texted us later and apologized, saying he was on edge because of the experiences he had had. We totally understood, and we told him that and tried to tell him how we want him to have peace in his life and to be able to be happy but he said some pretty nasty things to us and said thanks for the sales pitch, but I don't need God, it's me myself and I from here on out. So we didn't reply. Last week, I felt really prompted to send him a text, so we sent one that just said that we didn't expect a reply, but that he had been in our thoughts and prayers. We never heard anything back. Well we were sitting in sacrament meeting and we turned around and he was in the foyer! He apologized for what he said and said he cleared his day so he could spend it here at church. He stayed for all meetings and even came and watched Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration. The lesson in Sunday School was the Word of Wisdom, and he said that he knew that he needed to stop drinking and smoking and that the lesson was what he needed to hear. He didn't like the movie though, and ended up leaving quickly after it ended. We're not sure what he'll end up doing but at least he was able to recognize that he needs God in his life and he needs to change.
Kenneth is doing great, he has accepted the invitation for baptism and has been reading in the Book of Mormon. We got him to open up a little bit this last lesson, so we hope we will continue to make progress! He is such a sweet kid. And way smart. He graduated High School when he was 15!
Cheyenne is doing good. We met with her this week. She is actually trying to get her boyfriend to learn about the church. She's read in the Book of Mormon and has been praying, and feels good about it. We invited her to be baptized and she is going to work towards it.
We have a new investigator Chelita. She is homeless but looking to get off the streets. She was baptized into the Baptist church 4 years ago but we taught her part of the Restoration and invited her to be baptized by the right authority and she said, I would love to be baptized again! Haha I had never heard that one before. She knows that she needs to get back into going to church and letting Heavenly Father in.
Well that's about it! I love the people here, especially our investigators. I am so thankful I get the opportunity to share my testimony with them.
The power of prayer is so unmeasurable. I know that Heavenly Father is there and that He listens and and answers our prayers.
Hope you have a great week!