Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sept. 30, 2013: We got our keys back!

Hello there,
"While we were biking…"  Just kidding, as a matter of fact most of the time we walked this week.  We just got the keys back to our car today right before I typed this.  A week without the car has been a very fun and exciting experience.  We saw it as an opportunity that the Lord had given us to exercise our legs a little and also to do some of the good old door knocking work. Tracting actually went fairly well.  One of the people we went to talk to came out of their house saying we are not interested and you can go away.  But it just so happened that we had actually come to this house because we saw that they were selling natural honey at a very low price.  
It was amazing to see her attitude change so quickly once we told her.  She immediately apologized and showed us her honey and the sizes that they sold.  We told her we would come back a different day to buy some because we didn't have cash on us. She invited us to come back sometime to help them around the yard and maybe talk to them.  
It just so happens that they thought we were the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but once they found out we were Mormons they remembered some friends that they had in the past that were Mormon.  It is always amazing to me how many people mistake us for the Jehovah's Witnesses.  I kind of feel bad for the Jehovah's Witnesses too, because every time someone finds out that we are not them they are a ton nicer and friendlier to us.
Because we did not have our car, we were not able to visit the couple from China this week like we planned.  On the other hand we got to spend a lot of time with V....  V... is our investigator that is married to a member and whose daughter was just baptized last week.  Fortunately for us V... only lives about an hour walk from our house so we went to visit him about every day.  Normally that might be too much but he actually needs the company right now.  V... had to have surgery on his shoulder this week because he tore his tendon.  In our visits with him, we have been able to talk with him alone a lot about what he needs to do to become closer with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately there is not much more to talk about.  Most of the time we spent this week was used getting to where we were trying to go.  I have been able to better relate to the revelation that says "But verily I say unto you, that it is not needful for this whole company of mine elders to be moving swiftly upon the waters, whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief." D&C 61:3.  
I have better realized my calling in understanding how it is important to talk to every person that I can come in contact with in these short two years.  Not one soul of a child of God is more important than another.  They are all great in his eyes and it is my responsibility as his Elder and servant to serve and teach them.  That is just something I have learned lately and it is applicable to you as well.  Build up the kingdom in your communities, and life where you stand.
Elder Erb
[emphasis added]

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