Aloha Ohana and Friends,
It was a great week here in Anthem - doing the Lord's work and helping our Heavenly Father's children return to live with him. The weather is starting to get nice, it was in the 90s most of the week. I am starting to get a bit cold in the morning with nights being so chilly. Well it is official Anthem is going to be my last area. We got transfer news this morning and no one in our district is getting transferred which is what was expected because we are all training for the next 6 weeks. I am glad to be ending in an area that I have been for a while because I know the area, converts, investigators, and members that I have grown to love. This week was a great week teaching the Gospel. I had a great exchange with the zone leaders on Tuesday. I was with Elder Weiler in their area in Deer Valley. We went to another district in our Zone District Meeting and it was great to see different perspective of teaching that I could use in my District Meeting. We had a great lesson with a returning, active member Clyde teaching him the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it was so wonderful to hear how God answers his prayers by sending a friend to help him come back to church. We also had a great lesson with Kayla on the Plan of Salvation and how she can live with God in the Celestrial Kingdom as she lives the gospel. She was not understanding Enduring to the End, so I thought of a great analogy comparing Baptism to the Entrance Gate at disney land and how to make it to space mountain which symolizes the celestrial kingdom she has to continuely do her part in living the commandments without getting distracted by the food vendors of the adversary. It worked like a charm and it just clicked when she understood. We had 2 great lessons this week with Lea teaching her the commandments and preparing her for her Baptism this Saturday, September 28. She prayed about the Law of Tithing and received an answer that she will be blessed by living it. She had her baptism interview and passed with flying colors. She was so excited that she is ready to make her covenants with God. We finally found a new investigator Joseph this week after weeks of no new investigators which we have been struggling to find. We had a great lesson with him on the Restoration of the Gospel and teaching him how the Gospel can help him through his trials and strengthen his family. A member family the Florez - son Jack who just turned 8 this month got baptized and confirmed last Saturday and they invited us to his Baptism which was wonderful. The spirit was so strong and it was so great to be a part of his confirmation to receive the Holy Ghost. I also had another great exchange with Elder Burgoyne in my area. We had a great Distrcit meeting that I taught about how to begin teaching and how important the 1st lesson is in gaining trust with our investigators and how we can utilize it throughout our other lessons. Then we had a great lesson with Emma and it was great to hear how when her parents were taking the lessons she felt the spirit and wanted to follow Jesus Christ's teaching. We also met with Ian this week and watched "Finding Faith in Christ" with him and he enjoyed it because he is a visual learner and understands things better when he sees it. We invited him to church and we got a member from the YSA Ward to pick him up and take him to church. We had a great Sabbath Day with our primary presentation which there was a strong spirit hearing the cute talks from the Primary kids and hearing them sing. Lea came to church and loved the primary program. She also went to Gospel Principles and Relief Society which she enjoyed. A cool experience this week was a member - Brother Palmer agreed to feed us for dinner but he was not there when we showed up. So we knocked on the door and his inactive nephews (Eric and Kevin) opened up and let us in. They told us that they had pizza in the oven so they fed us. 10 minutes there, I knew that Brother Palmer planned this on purpose that he would not be there so we could have an opportunity to teach his nephews who has been working with for a while to get back to church. Then Brother Palmer called during dinner to make sure that they cooked us dinner and told us to teach them. We had a great discussion with them and asked them if we could come back to teach them more about the Gospel. So yesterday, we went back and taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The spirit was so strong as we taught them how they can strengthen their Faith in Jesus Christ and he will help them overcome trials and how we can be forgiven of our sins through Repentence. We gave them a Book of Mormon and committed them to start small by praying, read the scriptures, and come to Church. It is so great to help those who have lost the Gospel to return to the fold of God. That was my great week here in the mission field. I cannot believe how fast time is flying as I serve our Heavenly Father's children and help them receive the Restored Gospel. I am on my last transfer and I have to do my best with the knowledge and experience that I have gained through my mission to invite and help our Heavenly Father's children strengthen their Faith in Christ and receive the Restored Gospel. I love and miss you all. Take care and have a great week.
Elder Lance Kuhi Cabral