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Elder Jonathan Collier
1015 Norwyk Ln.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Work Goes On!

Hey Mom! By the way, Happy Birthday!!

So things are going great here! Lightfoot is probably one of the most fun areas that I have served in. Time has seriously been flying by and I want it to stop! Elder Gardner and I have just been super busy. We've met so many different people, and the ward is super excited about the work progressing here so that is always great. 

I will find out what they do for work for sure! We are trying to get over there to help them with their missionary work, so I can find out then! That's super funny that no one knows what they do. 

But things have been going really great actually! I don't know if I mentioned Brother Cordell last week, but he is a less active member that hasn't been to church in a while, and his records weren't here on our roster! But we taught him last week and he came to church this past Sunday! He is super excited to come back to church. He hasn't been in long enough that he doesn't really remember anything about the church, but he enjoyed it! So we're just starting from the basics. He's super funny, and said he'd like to come to some lessons with us!

Also, we met a former preacher the other day! Normally those don't go very well, but he invited us in and a lot of his questions were just super genuine! We taught him about the restoration, and he was like, "wow that could be true." And the thing that he loved was that he could gain a witness of himself through the Holy Ghost. We asked him what he would do if he found that out, and he said, "Well I'd probably join your organization!" That was super cool! He understands real intent super well. And he is really excited our next lesson because he wanted to meet one of the members of the church, so we were like, "Yeah we can definitely do that!"

We taught Jayden again this week (the new investigator that we found last week) and he was really enjoying what he read in plan of Salvation pamphlet. I was mostly impressed with the fact that he read it because almost no one ever does so that was super cool! He's progressing pretty well, now we just need to help get his family involved. 

We taught a couple last night! (Which is cool because normally we meet one person and the spouse shuts us down). They let us right in, and we were able to teach a few things to them. They literally asked, "How does one go about joining your church?" That was pretty cool. They are pretty excited to meet with us as well. 

We have an investigator named Miranda that has actually been taught by missionaries for a few months now! She was moved over when the ward split happened. She has been reading the Book of Mormon pretty often and just hasn't been able to make it to church yet, because she has commitments at her church and she feels bad just leaving them unattended. But it was a pretty big deal this lesson, because we retaught the restoration (And she didn't understand it at first, but this time she did,) and she committed to come to church on June 11th!! It's a pretty big deal for her because of how hard it is for her to do that. But this is going to be huge! It think it'll make it or break it for her. So I'll definitely keep you posted on that! 

So yeah things are going really great. I just love the people in our area. My ponderizing scripture is Jeremiah 16:16 "Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks."  You're never going to know who the elect are if you don't talk to all of the people! I love this scripture because we are the hunters and the fishers as missionaries! We literally talk to everyone we can and by doing that, that's how we find them. I love it. 

Thank you so much for everything Mom! I hope you had a great birthday yesterday. You are such a great example to me! I hope things keep going smoothly for y'all!

Have a great week mom! I love you!

Elder Collier

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