Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pittsburgh Week 11

Sounds like a good week back home!
(I asked about the ward members) The members do like us a lot more definitely! They trust us now that they see that they have missionaries here that want to work! But sadly, no dinner invite numbers have gone up. But they are still there. Few and far between, but they're there. :) Mostly I think the members drop stuff off for us, which is good too. Our ward is split into 2 areas in which missionaries cover. The other missionaries that are zone leaders have probably 90% of the active members in their area. Which gives them many many more appointments then we do. And we can't cross area boarders so we can't travel over there for a dinner.

We are no longer seeing him (Norm) anymore, so no worries. We haven't found out any more about him and his situation or his motive behind his craftiness because the bishop wants to talk to him personally and see what's going down. But Norm doesn't have a ride to get to the church and the bishop of course is really busy all the time. So we're just going to leave it at that. I'm not sure what steps are being taken to prevent this from happening again, but we were strongly advised by our Mission Pres. and Bishop to stop all contact with Norm. Baily on the other hand is doing fantastic!!! She just the greatest ever. She wasn't able to make it out to church this week because her boyfriend's sister passed away. So she was caught up all weekend and we have yet to hear from her. She said that she would be calling us within the next few days so that'll be good so we can talk to her and see what's up.

Yes, we have found a few more people to teach!! This week was a very good week. We implemented the training that we received during a training conference from our mission president in the which we set all
the investigators that we met with for the first time with baptismal dates. We were relatively surprised on the success that came out of it. We had two appointments with potential investigators, Brian and John, that were our first meetings with them. As we were teaching them we got the impression that of course we should at least try out the baptismal invite and see what happens. And to our surprise, they both accepted the invitation to be baptized and agreed to the date of the second weekend in December!! And we also have a new investigator his name is Shawn. He stopped us on the street a few weeks ago and said that he was studying with us and wants to get back into it. We had a great lesson with him, and it turns out that he has been meeting with missionaries for the past 2 years and he has been very close to getting baptized but something would always come up. But he said that he is very committed this time and really wants God back into his life. He's pretty legit.

This transfer has been a great one for me in the which I'm learning a lot. I am way excited that we are studying the New Testament and focusing on finishing it by the end of the year as a mission. I have learned so much and am finding lots of new things that I didn't know about Christ's life. I think it is so cool how in Matthew, he constantly is writing in his gospel, that Christ is fulfilling prophecies, he gives at least 6 references within the first 2 chapters. It is so fun to flip to the Old Testament and to read about what the prophet at that time is
saying, and his prophesy. I am learning so much.

Elder Serrano

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