May 5, 2014
Another week bites the dust. This week was a pretty okay week. Man there always seems to be a lot to write about throughout the week and then I get on the computer and my whole mind goes blank!! Ugh.
So as for teaching, it has been a little on the slow side. It still goes on but people just don't want to meet with us very often. We had a really great lesson with Sister K. this week. She was the lady that was baptized about 2 weeks after I got to this area. The lesson was on missionary work. It was a great lesson. We read through the first twelve verses of Enos while during his prayer his desires changed. He starts off seeking an answer from the Lord about what his father was telling him about the gospel. He gets the answer for himself, then immediately he starts to pray for his friends and his family, the Nephites. After the Lord answers him about his friends and family he then starts to pray and have desires to share the gospel with his brethren the Lamanites (which we all know were his enemies). So we tied all of that into her and doing missionary work. We invited her to say a kneeling prayer right there and ask for people who she could help bring into the gospel. She said a great prayer and afterwards we asked her the names of the people that came into her mind. She said Jo., Ja., S., and Ms. H. So we wrote those down and then we were just talking to her about these people. She was telling us how she knows them and where they live and stuff, then we got to S. She was like I don't know a S. She said that I know the name S. came into my mind, but I don't know anyone by that name. I look at Elder Jackson and was thinking... woah. We then explained how our top investigator is named S., and that we have been praying to see who could be a great friendshipper for her. I definitely know that it was an answer and a miracle to her prayers as well as ours!
This week I went to Constant Springs on a trade off with Elder Wilkerson. On Thursday morning they had service planned for a member. Man I haven't done so much manual labor in a long long time! We had to move like 2 dump truck loads of rock and put it about 10 feet away cuz it was dumped where he wants to put a pipe. It was terrible. All we had were shovels. We did it in an hour and a half, I never thought we would get it done. Elder Wilk did most of it. Anyways bad day to do a trade off lol. It was fun tho.
Had Zone Meeting this week, it was alright. We found this restaurant that sells steak pretty close to the church so of course we went there for lunch. It's been a while since I have had beef!! It wasn't even that good and it was wayyy expensive but at least it was beef! :)
So excitement is still in the air for the stake, obviously. I've heard that there are going to be some general authorities coming here next week to prep the members and the priesthood leaders. They have been going over church protocol letters with the members of what to do and what not to do while all of these general authorities are present, mainly for the big meeting in June but also for next week I guess. Right now it doesn't seem that there are any missionary meetings planned for us with the general authorities but Prez is trying super hard to get one! Also if anyone can tell me the doctrine behind what a stake actually means and entails I would love it. I have never really thought too much about the difference until lately when we have all of these members asking us. In a lot of their minds they have no idea what to expect since they have never lived in a stake. Obviously like we will get bishops, stake presidents, high councilors, a patriarch, high priests, etc. The only thing that I have been able to come up with on my own is more priesthood keys in Jamaica, which means more opportunities to be self sufficient spiritually and stuff. It is more difficult than I thought to explain the difference between a stake and a district then it seems, at least to me.
I hope that everyone has a great week! Love you all! Happy Mother’s Day!
Love Elder Colton Harris
Pic 1) The pile was a lot bigger in person!!!!!
Pic 2) Our chapel. Chapel is the top level and classrooms are on the bottom.