Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29 May 2012

Hello family!  I am a little short on time now, but there are some stories from this week.
We didn't get a hold of any of our investigators this week, which was a little frustrating.  We had several lessons with recent converts and less-actives, a couple I'll mention here.  We taught Diana again about the Plan of Salvation.  She's had some questions about serving a mission (she was baptized last August) but is leaning towards it right now.  We had a really nice lesson on God's love for us and everything he made for us.  Everything from the lizard that was doing pushups in front of us in the lesson to the clouds in the sky, to the wind and trees.  Everything was made for us, His children (1 Ne 17:36), and for that I am grateful.
We also had a good lesson with Shari [edit].  We finished watching Prophet of the Restoration and talked more about Joseph Smith.  She is regaining her testimony and we're developing a really good relationship with her.  We met her husband Oscar who is a motorcycle policeman in Anaheim.  He is not a member of the Church but we're going to try to teach him too.
A few days ago we contacted a Mexican guy in an apartment complex.  He was a little less warm than most Mexicans and didn't speak any English.  We tried to talk to him in Spanish, but he kept saying "amigra?  Amigra?" We though he was saying "amiga" which means a female friend, so we corrected him and said "no, amigo!  Amigos!"  He responded "amigra?" "no, amigo!"  He left and we were a little confused.  Yesterday we asked the Spanish missionaries what "amigra" meant.  They told us "immigra" is "immigration" and often refers to immigration police!
We had zone conference this last week here in Mission Viejo.  President Cook complimented us a few times on how well organized we were and told us we did a fantastic job on our training and managing the whole thing.  It did go well.  The topics discussed were the doctrine of repentance, inviting investigators to be baptized more effectively, beginning lessons better (but not the first visit) and working with members (we trained on that).  It was a good conference and everyone learned a ton.  Oh, one funny thing... We had to use an extension cord for a projector screen.  While setting up, we realized there wasn't a cord in the whole church, so we had to get in our car and fly to the Chambers' house to grab one and fly back to the church.  Luckily the Chambers had one, and we got it to the meeting minutes before it started.  Other than that it went great!
The next day we had zone leader council down in Vista.  We again talked about mobilizing ward missions (the system that we have to work with the ward council), baptism services, accountability in district meeting, and principles of leadership.  I don't have enough time to go into a lot of detail, but it also was a great meeting.
I can't think of much else, but I'm out of time anyway.  I hope you have a great week!  Love you all
Elder Jon La Follette

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