Friday, September 9, 2016

September 5, 2016

Picture emailed from Pres. Stutznegger

We were planning on having a baptism last Saturday. We had the interview with the zone leaders and all and she passed the interview. She had quite a few questions. Like what would happen with her marriage with her husband and stuff like that. Later that day after we had made a bunch of plans for her baptism she called us and said she felt too much pressure and she didn't want to get baptized yet. She doesn't want us to visit her for a while also! It is pretty difficult when things like this happen! We wanted to go talk to her to see what was going through her head, because her family can put ideas into her head that are not correct. Hopefully we can visit her this week and baptize her this week!
My companion is going to be training a new Elder next week in the changes! That means that one of us will be having changes. If he has changes he will have to open up an area so it is pretty rare when they do that. So it is very likely that I will have changes next week! I am pretty excited to see where I will get sent.
We were going to have interviews with the President last week but he got sick so we will be having them tomorrow morning. I am pretty excited to see him! It is always fun to have the interviews with him. It has been really neat to be the Disrtict leader here in Los Reyes. I get to learn all about the other investiagators that the other Elders have and help them out with problems they have. I am learning a lot of new things. I hope everyone is having a great week!
Love Elder Ivie

August 29, 2016

Not much happened this week. The carnival that was in our area right outside the house finally left... but now it is just down the road in the new part of our area hahah! They sell some bread there that is really good!

In the week we were walking down the street and we couldn't find any of our investigators so I decided to knock on the door of this bright yellow house. When they answered the door it was some guy that seemed like he was drunk or something. He let us in and we started talking to him. He told us that he was a Jehovah witness. My companion and I looked at each other and we were just like no! We had a lot of fun with him. Missionaries always hope for moments when you can teach a member of the Jehovah witness`s. We started talking to him about how Jesus is Jehovah. He started to think we were crazy. We shared a bunch of scriptures that were super clear that Jesus is Jehovah but he didn't want to accept the fact that we were right. We asked him why their bible isn't called bible. It is called the New World Translation or something like that. They say it is because they have it in modern day words. We asked if they took any scriptures out and he said no. Then I pulled out a couple scriptures that they don't have and when he searched for them he stared to freak out because they don't have it. It was hilarious. My companion couldn't stop laughing. He started trembling because we caught them lying haha. I don't think he will want us to come back again. It was a pretty fun experience. There was not that much stuff that happened in the week. We are hoping for 2 baptisms this Saturday we just need to see if they are ready. Hopefully they are. I hope everyone else is doing good and has a great week!
Love Elder Ivie

August 22, 2016 Break in

We had a pretty busy week this week! We had to open up an area. It was pretty difficult because the Elders that were there left the directions to the houses but the streets were not on the map! We had to call them like two times a day. They are going to send two Elders over here again they told us but we don't know when. This week we will also be having interviews with the President! I am pretty excited for them!
One day we went to a house where we contacted a couple people outside. They said we could pass by another day. We went back the day they said we could and her husband said she was sick. So we asked him if he was interested. We talked to him but it was outside. We started teaching the restoration and then some kids drove by on their bikes and stopped by to see what was going on. They started to listen and we put an appointment to visit with them the next week. Then the parents of the husband came out and listened to us and we were able to get 5 new investiagators right there in the street! It was a neat experience!
The church got broken into during the week! They cut through the chain link fence and went in through the window of the bishops office and overturned his desk and broke through the wood to find whatever they could. But there was nothing there. They broke through a couple other doors but nothing real bad. It is a pretty sketchy area I am in but we usually go home pretty early.
It was a good week all in all. We had 3 investiagators in the church and are pretty close to be getting baptized! Hope everyone else is doing great!
Love Elder Ivie