Hey there eh buds!
This week was pretty dang good! Independence Day was sweet, shooting off fireworks in the rain and eating ourselves to death. Elder Ostler said it's a day of freedom from limitations on what we eat, so we pigged out that day.
We also reviewed with Joey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for someone who has been saying he doesn't know if God is there, he has sure made a lot of changes since we've begun teaching him that shows he is growing in faith a little bit at a time, but surely.
We found a new investigator, she had been taught in the past, her name is Carol. Her late husband was a member of the church but he didn't know much about the church. She naturally has many questions about what we teach and she's really enjoyed the feeling of having us around and she has looked at things from a much greater perspective. I see a lot of potential with her.
We had some good lessons this week. We talked to Nora about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on baptism. She isn't quite ready to set a date for baptism as a goal, but she has the desire to follow God, and we will continue to teach her as long as she is willing to make progress at whatever pace she takes.
We took part in a funeral of a woman who passed about a week ago here in Ava, a new experience on my mission, and we were asked to be pallbearers.
We took a priest out with us teaching on Sunday and we met this girl, Kari. She was trying to question God with science, and Elder Ostler had a lot to say because he likes to get into science and so ultimately it came to the point where she wanted us to look up something about the age of the prophet Noah if she would study the restoration pamphlet we gave her. She agreed and we got her phone number so we could follow up!
It was an interesting day all in all, and one thing I would add this week, a thought I would leave with everyone is that we need to focus on the simple things of the gospel before we go deep. A testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel - faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end - must come first before we go into a study of deeper and more trivial things. Christ is the rock on which we must stand, "a foundation whereon if men build, they cannot fall."