Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October 21, 2013 This week in the (225)

Whats up fam! i hope all is going well!! This week was super sweet and im so pumped for another one!
First off Juan is going to the temple this saturday!!! We are all so excited for him and he is even feeding elder andrews and I this week! So we are extatic about that and it should be a solid day. We also have the Wilkerson babtism not this saturday but the next! So the dad was doing super well, in fact he went 8 days smoke free but he relapsed this weekend hardcore so we get to start from square one agein. Fyi addiction recovery is just as hard on the people around you as it is for yourself. They are so happy and proud of their dad but this weekend was a real bummer. Their trailer is better and cleaned up not which is a mirror of thir house (spiritually) They did take a step back but I know we can take two foreword they have too much potential, support, and faith not too. Also we have been teaching the gomez fam and he has been sweet about reading and stuff but we think they might have gotten deported because nobody is home now. But we will see. Also things with David are going really well he was in New Orleans this last week with his aunt so he didnt come to curch but he will get another date tomorrow when we see him and his dad has turned a corner in supporting him. I think the whole situation with him and his visa expiring made him realize that tomorrow is never promised and he has to do something today! Motivated familly though he does really well in buisness so he sould be able to get citizenship for that alone. They are working it out. We also got a Less active family to commit to the temple! They are ready to go but they never come to church and have had some trials getting robbed a bunch lately. But they came agein to church this week for the first time in forever and had a way way way powerful expirience. I got lucky enough to sit next to them and help them out at church it was sweet! We meet with them 2 times a week and its also sweet because they work at night so we have the day time to see them! Also is our area there are like no strong members but Martin just said he is moving next week to our area and he has a powerful testimony and is way strong. So our member present lessons should go up very soon! And that will help a bunch with us. Also Jonathin is investigating agein after we had a lesson with him on saturday. he is 20 years old and super funny. He knows Felipe the Elders quarum president and they are friends. We will see how he does this week and if he comes to noche de hogar (fam night) tonight at Felipe's house. Yea so as you can tell a sweet week to be in south Baton Rouge plus! we had a babtism this week in the branch with the sister's investigator!!! That really opened the flood gates for another investigator who plays soccer with us and countless others because she has the desire to do missionary work! Baton Rouge is truely where the milk and honey is!!!
I was also thinking about why people are converted. And why they open their door up to us. Here is what I decided. King Lamoni after being converted went with Ammon to his dad's house and then they left. Ammon gave him to the other sons of Mosiah who had been in prison their to go teach them. Kindof like a refferal. I realized that how they talked to the king is litteraly the same speach we us today in my eyes it went something like this.
Sons of mosiah: Hey! We are missionarys from the church of crist have you talked to missionarys before?
King: Yea actually I have! where did Elder Ammon go I love that guy!
SoM: He got transfered  and is serving in another area but we can help you out!
King: Ok yea actually I do have some questions come on in!
King: So are their Prophets on the earth today?
SoM: Yea there are we actually have a prophet today!
                          (Continues with questions)
Som: (in Alma chapter 22:16)
16 But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt abow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the bhope which thou desirest.
King: Ok yea I will pray to know if the church is true!
Then he faints and becomes converted. What a golden investigator! But what I noticed was that Aaron didnt say that you can recive the faith you desire but he said the hope. In Either 12:4 it says:
4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with asurety bhope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which chope cometh ofdfaith, maketh an eanchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in fgood works, being led to gglorify God.
We can recive the faith we need without first having the hope that it can come to pass. The king might of had feeling that what Ammon said was true and his faith increased but Aaron increased his hope and thats what "{made him} sure and steadfast, always abounding in fgood works, being led to gglorifyGod"
So spred some hope this week and help out the missionarys cuse hope is whats going to get them reading in the book of mormon!
i think thats it this week even though a bunch more happened. I decided in my emails you see maybe like 2% of what actualy goes down here in the (225). THe swamp is a great place to be even if it smells really bad all the time. And even though LSU lost super bad they are still #1 in my heart. Geaux Tigers. anyways gotta jet we are going out to campus today to go to the bookstore. Next week I think we are going to the capitol building which should be super fun as well but not as fun as the temple!
have a good week I know I will!!
-Elder Drollinger

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