Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015 - In which we mELT

Dear family,

Last week went well! We had some great experiences, especially while teaching J, D (a less-active member), and Sister D (another less-active member). We taught J last Tuesday and had a really spiritual meeting. He and M had some questions for us about the Atonement and grace, but it led perfectly into talking about his concerns for getting baptized. He's mentioned a small concern about being able to know whether or not the church all around the world is true because he can't possibly see every congregation, but he's shared with us that the bigger concern is the rift that he perceives that baptism would cause in his family. There's been some conflict with other family members already because of M's and A's baptisms and J doesn't want to cause a further problem with her, and so he doesn't think it's a good idea to be baptized until it calms down with her. We definitely understand his concern, but Elder Page and I feel after praying that he can get baptized in August if he wanted to. We told him and M this on Tuesday. They seemed to be thinking about it pretty deeply and commited to pray more about August.

Last Wednesday we taught Sister D and D. D is a potential Elder that is on the branch vision to be reactivated. We told him that we wanted to help him be ordained to be an Elder, and he started taking notes about what he needs to do. We set some goals with him so that we can help him come to church on Sundays. It was a good meeting. Sister D is an endowed member that recognizes that she's missing something spiritually but hasn't quite realized that she's missing church. Last week she seemed to come to herself a little bit, though, and we're excited to be working with her.

Last week we had some interesting days, some where we felt like we accomplished a lot, and some where we felt like we didn't as much. We're learning, though, how to testify more effectively and and be better. Yesterday we spent the whole day out contacting, but Elder Page and I both really enjoyed it. We set the goal to try to talk to every person as long as we possibly could, and going that extra mile helped us do much better overall. I felt the Spirit working through me as I tried to help people understand why Jesus Christ is so important for them. It was a great day.

I'm out of time, but I wanted to of course let you know that I'm doing well. We don't have any photos to send, just selfies of us melting because it has been SO HOT!

Elder Boyce

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