Monday, we drove up to Lewiston, ME and spent the night with the zone leaders. We exchanged and drove back the next morning. I was in Manchester with an Elder Smith from Washington. We had a great exchange- we taught 5 lessons, found a new investigator, and got in contact with a few investigators who had fallen off the face of the earth. We had a really cool lesson with one of our investigators- George. He had been having a really busy and stressful week, so he hadn't been reading the Book of Mormon or praying. We talked to him about how his life had improved during the past when he was doing those things, and he pointed out that he felt he received small blesings every time he prayed. We read the scripture in Alma 37:6-7 about small and simple things, and he just sat there for a second and said, "You know, I've been really busy lately, but I need to make time for God. He's what really should be most important. I'm going to start taking a half hour aside every night to read the Book of Mormon and pray. I need those blessings." We were stunned- when we first met him, he didn't seem horribly interested in listening to us at all, but now, he's willing to devote a half hour every night to reading! And we weren't even trying to motivate him to do that- it was all the Spirit. We though that was pretty nifty. There really is power in doing those small and simple things that the Lord has revealed to receive the big blessings!
The next morning (Wednesday), we drove back up to Maine, ate at an incredible Chinese Buffet, and drove back with two stops in Cornish, ME and Sanford, ME. Overall, I spent 8 hours driving that day. Wahoo. Haha but we ended the day with a great member meal and then had a lesson with Matt and Kristina. That was a great lesson too. We took a member with us, who is a very successful and wealthy business-man, and he bore his testimony and told his conversion story. At the end, we set a goal with Matt to be baptized on October 12! We're pretty stoked about that. But it gets better. The next morning, Kristina texted us and said that she was wanting to recommitt herself to reading and praying and teaching her kids lessons like she used to. She recognized that she wanted to reconnect with God and find greater happiness. It was another tender mercy of the Lord. He sure does know how to work miracles!
The rest of the week was just work in the area. We re-established contact with a few investigators we haven't had time to catch up with recently, which was really nice. We also dropped a few investigators who weren't really progressing, and even found a few new prospects! We also made sure to find time to decorate the mission home for President Wilkey's birthday, and we decorated the office for one of the office staff sisters who works here. We also got to spend several hours helping a member move. Unfortunately, he was hardly packed and only one other member of the elders quorum showed up so...that was an exciting afternoon! But it lead to us getting approached by an Obama campaigner, and we talked to him for several minutes about the church and gave him Mormon.org to use in his campaign about what the church REALLY believes. That was pretty exciting. But, all in all, it was a week of just mellow work, and boy was it nice!!
This next week will be another crazy one though. Tomorrow, we'll be putting on a new missionary/trainers meeting. Then right after, we'll be going on exchange with the New Hampshire zone leaders. Friday we'll be driving up to mid-New Hampshire for zone interviews too, and we'll be making preparations for doing early transfer plans. Sounds exciting, right?? I'll give you more updates at the end of the week.
That's all I got for now! I sure love you all! Have a great week, and remember- "...Man are, that they might have JOY!"
Elder KC Esplin