It's been another wonderful week here in St. Louis. It's been getting pretty hot and humid an few of the days we've been out tracting. I've been sweating A LOT, which is even worse in slacks and a collared shirt, but I'm surprised how easily I can forget how uncomfortable it is and love the work that I'm engaged in.
So we have been working really hard the past week or so to focus on finding new investigators, and we have been blessed to find people who are prepared to hear our message. We found one lady, Kristy, and had a wonderful first discussion with her about the Restoration. She was super receptive and we're excited to keep teaching her. We also met two girls, Samantha and Haylie, who recently returned to live with their dad who has congestive heart failure. They are running his lawn mowing business and paying all the bills for their family. Amazing. We also ran into an older Philipino lady who was baptized about 20 years ago and is really interested in coming back to church. We also met the Jones family, who lost their dad about 4 years ago. There are 18 year old twin boys and then the mom, who is super excited for us to talk with her sons. We went over there yesterday to teach them, but they weren't there, which was disappointing. We are going to try and stop by there this afternoon to try and catch them. Our Ward mission leader, Brother Holland, is super devoted to the work. And He is actually a radiology resident, just like you, Dad! The Bishop here is also completely committed to missionary work, and it's awesome to see so many people working so hard to move this work along.
We had Zone Conference this past, and I got to play "Oh how lovely was the morning." It was really fun to get back at it again. The Conference was amazing. I felt the Spirit so strong in every meeting. Afterwards, Elder Petersen and I stayed and chatted with President and Sister Morgan. They are so amazing and I can tell that they love each missionary so much.
So a scripture for this week that I stumbled upon is John: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." In that scripture, Christ doesn't say "If we have tribulation," He says "ye SHALL have tribulation." This life is going to be hard. There is no way around that. What a comfort it is, though, to know that Christ suffered more than any of us ever would, so we each can turn to Him for peace and comfort. I'm learning so much all the time out here, and I love every minute of it!!
The Church is true!