Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Investigators!

Hello all!

This week went great. We taught a lot and our area is really growing. We found 7 new investigators and 2 of the ones we have now are on baptismal date for the 24th of October. There are many parts of my area that are super rich and many that are very rough. In fact we get all our investigators from the parts that are either middle class or rough. Many rich parts of the mission are kinda prideful.

I went on exchanges with one of my Zone Leaders on Thursday and that went really well. His name is Elder Walter and he is an awesome missionary. We have have been finding a lot of Less actives in random places when we are tracting. They say they were baptized and went to seminary and such but they have there own views and opinions and fell away. We were able to go to the Temple last week Wednesday and that was amazing. My District is truly rock solid. All of the companionship's have investigators on date. It hasn't been too hot here but it is in the 80's. No snow whatsoever yet. I love riding my bike but I only ride it in the mornings for exercise.

I don't know if I told you but the mission has a goal of 1001 baptisms for 2015. As of right now I heard we are at about 200. I'm sure there are a lot of missionaries that have given up hope, but all things are possible with the Lord. Its always big news for missionaries to hear a general authority pass away, since we have no contact with the internet and such. I am really looking forward to conference. I remember watching the last October Conference in the MTC. Some of the missionaries that came out with me to this mission sang in that choir for Priesthood. Last night there was an eclipse and that was a big deal for a lot of people apparently.

Last night Elder Folau and I found a new investigator named Nora. She is a tall black lady living in a rough apartment complex. We walked by and talked to her on the side walk. As missionaries we are supposed to talk to everyone so we asked her if she has talked to missionaries before. I felt impressed to talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how we can strengthen faith in Him. I also felt impressed to share Alma 7; 11,12. As I spoke I could truly feel the spirit working in me and also in Nora. She asked if Christ suffered all things including addictions and we testified that he did so. She gladly accepted a Book of Mormon and asked us to come back and teach her. She was a very sincere lady.

Elder Folau and I taught Gospel Principles yesterday. We were asked to do that the morning of so we had very little time to prepare. but it was a good lesson. It was on Faith in Jesus Christ. I am so happy I have a year left. I hope you all are well! Keep it up and press on!

     Elder Rodriguez

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