Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is doing amazing! Things have been going really great here. Every day i get a little more used to missionary life and I've seen big improvements in myself in just these last few weeks. Good things are definitely happening in Stockport!

This past week has been pretty eventful. It's hard not to have an eventful week when your schedule is so jam packed. haha. I've seen miracles, had odd experiences, and seen a lot of crazy things already.

At the very beginning of the week we ran into one of our neighbors from just a few doors down who we've met quite a few times before at the bus stop. We've approached him before but he seemed uninterested. On Monday, we met him and he asked us "have you found any customers yet". we told him he could be the first. haha he told us we could stop by later and we ended up teaching him. we taught him again throughout the week and he came to church as well. he's progressing very quickly and we have high hopes for him. he's said that he has a strong desire to follow Christ. He really just likes our company too. haha. He's said that he is already planning to add me on facebook....oh stephen.

We had an odd experience as a companionship. We do a lot of our contacting on buses. We both hop on and then split up and start talking to people. I sat next to a man and just started talking to him. It was horrible. He was one of the most mislead men I've ever met. He sat there for about a half hour and just started letting me have it. He was way off the deep end. but I've learned already that when heavy opposition is thrown your way something good is about to happen. At the exact same time i was talking to this man, Elder Corbin met a young kid named Brad. We ended up getting off the bus together and teaching him on the spot! We also taught him again a few days later in a members home. He has a lot of potential.

We also had to hand of Herman, one of our investigators who was dated for baptism, to the assistants to the president because he was YSA age. That was really hard to do. He was so prepared! haha

We had an amazing lesson with Gerald! We were teaching the Word of Wisdom which was really big because he had a tea problem. The spirit was so strong! we asked him if he would live the Word of Wisdom, he took a deep breath and said " If it's for the salvation of my soul I'll do it" BOOM! haha. He gave us all of his tea bags and we got rid of them for him. Elder Corbin and I were high fiving all the way home. ahah

After that things kind of started going down hill unfortunately. I got way sick with the flu Thursday night. i was throwing up all night! Completely miserable. We ended up staying in most of the next day because i felt so sick. I started feeling a little better so we decided that we should go to our ward coordination meeting. on our way there we got a call from Gerald. He had attended a Catholic funeral earlier in the day and had suddenly decided he was going to stay catholic! That about killed us

We met with him the next day. As soon as he opened the door i could tell something was wrong. The light he had as we'd been teaching him the previous few weeks was completely gone. Something must have happened at the funeral but he wouldn't tell us what. he told us he didn't believe our church was true and that he didn't believe the book of Mormon. which was completely the opposite of what he had been saying. we found out that he hadn't really been praying to know whether it was true or not. He told us he was going to stay Catholic and that this was goodbye. it was pretty safe to see we were bummed out. He was sooo solid!

But even though we lost gerald we met many new investigators! there are still plenty of people to teach.

I'm starting to get a lot more comfortable with just going up to people and talking to them. something just clicked for me yesterday.

Today is P day and I'm really looking forward to it! We usually go grocery shopping, sometimes we go play basketball, sometimes we go look at all the shops. it just really depends what we're in the mood for. P day only lasts till six then it's just a normal night again.

I look forward to hearing from everyone soon and i hope you all have an amazing week! i pray for you every single day without fail.

Love you all so much
Elder Ford

Picture description:
Me getting rid of geralds tea bags
Elder Corbin decided to poop with the door open
One of the rare clear nights
Vimto and moutain dew. greatest drinks ever. The mtn. dew is the same here but because the caffeine is so high it's considered an energy drink. haha

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